An eerie calm has settled in over the capital city after the Redskins thrilling overtime victory over the Ravens. Folks seem genuinely pleased at Washington’s four-game winning streak and the fact that we’re back in the playoff hunt, but there’s a lot of trepidation over the injury sustained by RG3.
Something else is going on as well. Redskins Nation is no longer hyped to the max about the prospect of a winning streak or playoff football in January. We fans have been hammered over the past 15 years and there’s a fear that getting too emotionally invested in this club is going to end up in more disappointment if they fall flat. I am a die-hard, but even I find myself waiting for the other shoe to fall and am making sure not to get too excited even after the thrilling wins. I could count on one hand the number of games I missed over the last 25-30 years, but found myself divesting in this team a few years back when the bottom fell out in the
Vinnie Cerrato era. It was just too painful to expect success and get disappointed year after year. I was through with the hype and am having a hard time getting it back despite the wonderful kid at QB. I sense many of my fellow fans feel the same. What fixes this? Nothing short of sustained winning and playoff appearances for several years, but this team with its wretched defense just doesn’t seem ready – yet.
Until then, I’ll enjoy the small successes week to week. Conventional thinking has the Redskins in the crapper without RG3 because the guy is such a talent that he makes everyone better around him. True, and if he’s out Sunday against Cleveland, Mike Shanahan will need to earn his money but he has to realize this is a huge opportunity. He needs to keep RG3 as a game-time decision and fully prepare backup Kirk Cousins as the starter. The Browns have no tape on Cousins, have no idea if the Redskins will change their offense away from the triple option pistol, and have to wonder what’s coming. Kyle Shanahan has done a masterful job designing an offense that takes advantage of RG3s strengths and teams willingly admit that it’s hard to prepare for the Skins. The Browns have a huge task ahead.
So this thing could go any number of ways but just remember when the Skins win, no matter what the Washington media will have you believe, they aren’t the greatest team on the planet. And when they lose, the world is not going to end. Even keel moving forward. HTTR!