Many die-hard Redskins fans live in the fantasy world known as the hypothetical. After the team wins, you can’t tell us a thing because we’re playoff bound, and quarterback Robert Griffin III is taking us to the Promised Land in a few years. Interestingly enough, when we lose, we’re optimistic in a manner similar to a has-been high school star quarterback and recall the previous games in the nostalgic, hypothetical world of the interrogative, especially the “what if.”
For instance, what if the Redskins had not turned the ball over four times in the game against the Giants? What if safety Madieu Williams had been playing 20 yards off of Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz? We would have won that game!!!
What if RGIII had not been knocked out of the Atlanta game? What if Kirk Cousins had not thrown two interceptions in relief? Just think of the possibilities!!!
Well, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but the team had four turnovers, Williams was only playing 15 yards off of Cruz, RGIII sustained a concussion, and Cousins was forced to throw the ball in an attempt to win the read.
I read and hear fans state that the team is two or three plays from a 5-2 record. The reason the team’s record is 3-4 rather than 5-2 is because the Redskins are simply not a very good team…yet. They have many of the pieces to build a great team, but there remain critical missing pieces. The primary need for this team is to build a strong, capable secondary.
There is no reason for a professional safety to be beaten deep like Williams was late in the fourth quarter during the loss to the Giants. Following the game, NFL Network analyst and Hall of Fame cornerback Deion Sanders was apoplectic at the Cruz touchdown because according to him, secondary players are taught from middle school to give up “nothing cheap and nothing deep” in the such situations.
The Redskins will not get its secondary of the future this season, but if the current secondary plays fundamentally sound football for sixty minutes, the Redskins will be able to win one or two of these close games as the season progresses.