Bad news for homer pigskin fans in the national capital area. Both the Skins and Terps are spinning out of control with little chance to stabilize. Let’s look at the prospects of each.
Coach Mike Shanahan’s post game conference after the 21-13 loss to the Carolina Panthers was very telling. Shanahan basically indicated that he had given up on the season with seven games to play and that we are back in evaluation mode and playing for jobs, which took everyone by surprise. Call me crazy, but I found it refreshing to hear the normally coy Shanahan be so honest because he was saying what everyone was thinking, even though you NEVER say what he said. The truth is that the NFL had adjusted to RG3, the Redskins have no way to stretch the field on offense, and they are easily defended. This was not the case early in the season when Pierre Garcon and Fred Davis were active and productive but they aren’t now. The Skins defense always stunk, and to be competitive, they needed to score in bunches. The scoring faucet has dried up and so have the season’s prospects. Also of note was the motivation the Skins front office provided Carolina by listing them on the Game Day program as a homecoming game. How utterly stupid, and this reinforces the long held belief that under Daniel Snyder the Redskins are a marketing organization that happens to play football rather than a football team that markets itself well.
The 31-21 loss at West Virginia earlier this year convinced me this team could compete and was fully recovered from the mental carnage wreaked by coach Randy Edsall in his disastrous debut last season. What happened this year with all the injuries at quarterback is truly a hard luck story. Down to converted linebacker, Shawn Petty under center, the remaining contests don’t seem fair with expectations that a fifth string backup can lead a team against division 1 college defenses, much less Clemson, Florida State, and North Carolina. I feel very sorry for very capable seniors such as Joe Vellano, Demetrius Hartsfield, and Kenny Tate, who will go out their senior seasons without a bowl game. Hartsfield blew out his ACL last week and is done for the year and his misfortune caps a long line of horrible knee injuries to key Terps players. Unfortunately, injuries are part of football and these are truly disheartening. The Terps will fight this one till the end but have no chance. Just hoping they don’t get too embarrassed.
With the Skins headed for double digit losses and the Terps in the infirmary, I’m left to look forward to the top SEC football game of the week to get my fix. The ‘Bama – LSU game was fabulous theater and did the job last week but golf is looking better and better on the weekends.