I'm a die hard Washington Redskins fan. When the Skins lose it ruins my week. I hate to read the newspaper and don't even like doing my own job. It kills me to have to go on the air and grill my favorite team a day after any loss, let alone a devastating one like what happened on Monday night against the Eagles.
In fact what usually happens during the season is I get so frustrated with the Skins ineptitude that I end up losing faith and blowing up on the air. I rant and rave about how bad we stink and how we can't beat anybody. Somebody will give me the schedule and I won't find a win on it for the rest of the season.
I'll predict doom and gloom and fire the coaches. It's part of being a Redskins fan. I already had my little blow up when we lost to St. Louis this year. Surely this team that lost to Detroit and squeaked over the Rams last year had learned their lesson right? They wouldn't dare lose to the lowly Rams. Well we all know what happened there. It was another big Redskins disaster.
Apparently Chad Dukes, my colleague at 106.7 The Fan D.C., reached his boiling point yesterday and had a rant of his own. Listen here.
He was on fire yesterday "how dare you conduct yourself that way"..."You're a joke from the top down. Every single person on that team deserves to lose their job today. Every. Single. Person." That's just a sample of the rage yesterday. And in a lot of ways I get that rage. I understand the frustration. I've been known to have a rave out or two in my day.
For me the problem is the rage is a little misguided. Sure I agree with the sentiment that we as fans were embarrassed by that performance. It's upsetting that time and time again we have our hearts broken on national TV in big games against division rivals. I get it.
I, too, have spent too much money on Redskins jerseys and other memorabilia over the years. Dan Snyder is a disaster as an owner of my favorite team. It kills me to know that in all likelihood he or one of his family members will own this team for the rest of my life.
I resent the ticket prices, the parking fees and the bloated cost of beer. I hate that he has sued the team's own fans and tried to ban walking to the stadium. In fact there isn't much to like other than it's my team and I'm loyal to them.
But I can't suggest that every single person on the team should be fired. Even though Albert Haynesworth was caught quitting on a play and highlighted all over ESPN I don't think the team in general "half assed it." I think the Philadelphia Eagles embarrassed the Washington Redskins on Monday Night Football because they are better than us. Nothing more and nothing less.
It doesn't take a genius to see that the Eagles are simply a superior team. Even though we just beat them a little over a month ago in Philadelphia. It doesn't matter. Michael Vick is arguably the MVP of the league this year. DeSean Jackson, LeSean McCoy and Jeremy Maclin make up one of the best trios in the league.
Our offensive line has struggled and our QB is having his worst year in a decade. We have no running game, our defense doesn't have the personnel to effectively run the 3-4 scheme. I could go on and on. The point is the Eagles are just better.
They jumped on top of us early with the touchdown on the first play from scrimmage and the whole thing snowballed from there. It's as simple as that.
They scored too quickly for them to quit if they wanted to. The Skins were down 35 in a little over 15 minutes. Nobody had given up. They were too busy getting their butts kicked. There are too many quality character guys on that team to basically call quitters and accuse them of mailing it in.
I don't believe for one second that London Fletcher, Philip Daniels, Donovan McNabb, Santana Moss, Chris Cooley, Reed Doughty, Lorenzo Alexander, Chris Wilson, Brandon Banks or virtually any other member of the Redskins other than possibly Albert Haynesworth didn't give it their all on Monday Night. They just got crushed. It's that simple.