The Washington Redskins blew a double-digit second half lead for the third straight week and lost to a bad Minnesota Vikings team on Thursday night. The Redskins are now in the same exact 3-6 hole they faced last season before reeling off seven consecutive wins to win the NFC East division. Can they do it again?
I hate to say it, but it’s highly unlikely to happen again. It’s mind-boggling to think how they continue to shoot themselves in the foot week after week like this. All season long we’ve heard players referring to last season’s magical seven game winning streak after losses. Well now they will get an opportunity to do it again.
I just hope they can remember where they put those shovels from last season’s dig. I’m sitting here in shock at how we let the Vikings score the final 20 points of the game? We were up 27-14 and in control, but had another second half collapse that came out of nowhere. We made QB Christian Ponder look like the second coming of Joe Montana!
This is a really bad loss and could be the worst since Shanny and Son came to town four years ago. This was a must win game against a 1-7 team with nothing to play for except pride and we couldn’t put them away.
I think it’s time to scrap the 3-4 scheme and send defensive coordinator Jim Haslett out the door with it. I know Shanny wanted to run the 3-4 when he arrived and we’ve ran it for four seasons without seeing the unit come together. Yes, we’ve had some spurts of good play, but the unit hasn’t produced the desired results and we don’t have the right pieces to the puzzle in my opinion.
I’d like to see us go back to using a 4-3 and don’t think it would be very tough to make the transition this upcoming offseason. We will have a lot of salary cap space with the penalty that made us eat $18 million in dead space the last two seasons finally behind us. Plus we will have several expiring contracts that will add more space and there’s going to be plenty of players available in free agency.
I’m not endorsing another Dan Snyder check writing spree that targets only big name players looking for their payday, but there’s going to be several players in their prime that we could go after. I really think we’re going to be in a unique position to fix most of the holes on this roster through free agency and the NFL Draft, even though we don’t have a first round pick.
Usually a team with as many holes as the Redskins have would need multiple offseasons to shore up their roster, but that salary cap space is the game changer if used correctly.
I’m still in favor of bringing Shanny and Son back next year, but want to see our defensive scheme overhauled including the guy coordinating it. If things don’t improve next season then I’d be on board if Dan the man wanted to make a change, but I don’t think we’re at that point yet unless things go completely south over the final seven games. Stay Tuned!