At least Albert Haynesworth isn’t playing for the 0-3 Titans I guess…..

Disappointment. A feeling of dissatisfaction that results when your expectations are not realized. The Washington Redskins are definitely disappointed with the way they have played in the first three games this season including losing to the Detroit Lions, a team that had not won since December 23rd of 2007.

I’ll get to the Detroit loss in a second, but can we talk about how the Redskins only managed to put up 9 points in Week 2 against the St. Louis Rams!!! It was an embarrassing game for the Skins and their hometown fans.  After the game, the locker room was apparently silent and looked as if the team had just lost. The fans (with reason) let their team know how they felt.

Redskins fans desperately want a winner AND now.

“I understand that they want us to beat the Rams by 40,” said Chris Cooley, who led the Redskins with seven catches for 83 yards. “But we still won, and if we continue to win games, that’s great. The booing was unnecessary.”

Players never like to be booed by their home fans but Washington’s offense accumulated just 3 field goals, all less than 28 yards. I mean come on…They couldn’t score a touchdown. Just a week before against the New York Giants, the team had to execute a fake field goal run for a touchdown.  That play there showed the real desperation that Coach Jim Zorn is feeling standing on the sidelines watching his offense play.

The offense really should be much better than it is. Clinton Portis is a big time playmaker at the running back position and Jason Campbell has weapons in Santana Moss, Antwaan Randle-El, and Chris Cooley. Yet, the Redskins offense has been disappointingly bad and has destroyed anyone’s fantasy team with a Skin on it. (luckily not mine!)

So after the 9 point embarrassment against the Rams, most figured the offense would turn things around against the Detroit Lions. Guess again. The Skins offense struggled to score once more and the run game stunk. Clinton Portis and the Washington running attack rushed for just 65 yards.  The Skins came out strong, but Coach Zorn elected to go for it on a 4th and goal from the 1 and Portis was stopped.  The Skins never really recovered after that play.

Which brings us to the next issue. Should Zorn be fired? Skins owner Dan Snyder wants more than anything to win now. The recent signing of Albert Haynesworth to his enormous contract is evidence of that. So it is expected by Snyder and Skins fans for the team to compete to win the NFC East. But I’m sorry, if you score just 9 points against the Rams and lose to the Detroit Lions, you have no chance in hell to compete against the New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, and Dallas Cowboys.

If Zorn wants to save his job, he has to prevent the team from self-destructing and blaming one another for their problems.

“You either want it or you don’t. A lot of these guys don’t want it,” Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall said. “They want the other stuff.”

If Skins players continue to say things like that and ‘oh yeah, call their fans “dimwits,”‘ then it is going to be a LONG, disastrous year.

Jim Zorn(left) needs to give Dan Snyder (right) a reason to keep him.

Now, it’s only Week 3. The NFL seems to have wanted the Redskins to be a playoff team by the way their schedule was created. The teams the Skins play in the next three weeks have a combined record of 0-9!  (Tampa Bay, Kansas City, and Carolina) If the Redskins don’t win all three of these games, I believe Jim Zorn should be fired and will be. Dan Snyder will have to set a flame underneath his team and let them know he is not messing around. I think that the loss of Zorn would also be advantageous to the team because it would eliminate a distraction that will undoubtedly be in Washington the next couple of weeks.

-Tom “Terrific” Anderson

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Heeeeeeees BAAAAAAAACK!!! Could it be the beginning of a new era for the Eagles?

Heeeeeeee's BAAAAAAAACK!!! Could it be the beginning of a new era for the Eagles?

Earlier tonight, ex-convict Michael Vick returned to the field for the first time since December 31, 2006, ironically playing for the team the had last played against in the Philadelphia Eagles.  Andy Reid and the rest of the Eagles’ brain trust predictably played it safe, limiting Vick to mainly shorter

passes in a night where both Vick and the franchise began a new chapter. All seems good in the City of Brotherly Love for now, but things could get very interesting if the “E-A-G-L-E-S” Eagles fail to meet the demands of their rabid, at times criminal fanbase, many of which are thinking that this could be their year to finally make it to the top and win their first Super Bowl.  In fact, it’s not THAT far of a stretch to think that the 2010 NFL offseason could bring both a quarterback change and a head coaching change to Philadelphia.

Let’s look a year into the future and assume that the Eagles once again make the playoffs, but fail to go all the way.  Eagles fans have long been bitterly divided over the play of Donovan McNabb.  McNabb, once again proving

Eagles fans are known for their, well, um, slightly over-the-top

Eagles fans are known for their, well, um, slightly over-the-top antics in the stands...

that he couldn’t quite lead the team to the Promised Land, is once again berated with insults and calls for his trade or release by the fans, as per usual every year Philly falls short.  However, unlike past years where this was basically impossible because the Eagles would then have to turn to the likes of A.J. Feeley, Kevin Kolb, or a completely unproven rookie QB, they now have Mike Vick who can take the reins of the offense and has had a whole season to learn the Eagles schemes and play calls.  The front office shops the aging career Eagle QB to the highest bidder, and there will be bidders on McNabb.  They end up sending him to offensively-challenged Oakland, a literal black hole for quarterbacks, where he ends up in a QB battle with his old backup, Jeff Garcia and JaMarcus Russell, who is looking more and more like a bust with every pound he gains, thus paving the way for the newest Philadelphia Eagle.

Obviously, it goes without saying that the easiest person to blame for a team’s lack of success falls solely on the Head Coach.  Andy Reid has been feeling the heat for his sometimes questionable personnel and play-calling abilities, especially after last year’s stunning defeat in the NFC Championship Game to the Arizona Cardinals.  Another year like that could very well be the end of Andy Reid’s days in Philly.  Who would replace him, though? Two

Andy Reid: Eagles Head Coach/Future Mall Santa Claus

Andy Reid: Eagles Head Coach/Future Mall Santa Claus

words: Tony Dungy.  Again, this isn’t that far of a stretch when you look at the chain of events that led to the Vick sigining in Philadelphia.  Dungy was Vick’s “advisor,” which allowed him to prove to Eagles brass that he could not only work well with Mike Vick, but also with the front office within the organization.  In addition, this would allow Dungy to implement an offensive scheme in Philadelphia that is more like the Colts’ offense, which thrives on big pass plays downfield, the area where most people would agree the team has improved in the most over the last two drafts with DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin.  So Dungy might fit the needs of the personnel package in Philadelphia better than Reid does at this point.

So you see now that the Eagles really aren’t that far away from being a very different looking team this time next year. The pieces are all in place, it’s really just a matter of whether or not the stars will align for the Eagles on the night of Super Bowl XLIV.