Much is being written about yesterday’s benching of Redskins quarterback RGIII and how the current season will play out with third-stringer Colt McCoy at the helm. With splinters accumulating in his posterior for the second straight season, what will happen to Griffin and his potential trade value? Will the team be more successful for the remainder of the season? In the short run it may yield a few more points against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, and might add a win or two, but the organization will again be scrambling for the life vests come the 2015 draft.
Again, the real problem is with ownership’s failure to put football ahead of marketing. I feel sorry for head coach Jay Gruden, who clearly has a good mind for the game and good intentions, but is up against stacked odds with Dan The Marketing Fan Snyder running his team. Generally, if your team under-performs consistently, you look all the way to the top of the organization for the reason, and Snyder certainly shoulders all the blame for this one.
The not so dirty little secret in the NFL is that teams wishing to ascend to Super Bowl caliber require stability at quarterback. Next to consistent line play on both sides of the ball, getting the one guy starting every game leading his team into battle is the key. Every Super Bowl winning team going back to 2001 has ascribed to this theory. In 2000, the Baltimore Ravens were the exception with Tony Banks and Trent Dilfer splitting time, but if you want sustained success, follow the Brady, Manning, Rogers, Brees, and Rothlisberger model. Need more evidence? Look at the poorly performing 2014 NFL squads to date. The Redskins have more in common with the Jets, Texans, and Vikings who have all rotated quarterbacks and are going nowhere. Stability at the top spot is not a guarantee of success but is the common thread between good teams.
As you might expect, being a lifelong Redskins diehard has been difficult in the Dan Snyder era. I have long ago given up hope for consistent victories but still watch the team play on most weeks. My ad-hoc viewing rule: If they go down by three or more touchdowns, it’s over and off to do something else more joyful or productive. Truth be told, I just watch and hope for some mild entertainment value for my three-hour time investment.
I’ll be watching this Sunday against the Colts, how about you? Given up hope yet? HTTR!