Brian Orakpo’s season ended this week, another torn pectoral muscle ending another underwhelming campaign. That likely ends his time with the Redskins, too.
He had some decent seasons — including a few Pro Bowl campaigns — but I’ll always think of him as somewhat disappointing, because he wasn’t supposed to be decent. He was supposed to be a dominating sack machine, the missing piece to the pass rush, and somehow there was always some excuse why that never happened.
So this depressing news got me thinking about disappointing Redskins players. I immediately convened an emergency meeting of the Mr. Irrelevant Redskins brain-trust to determine who the MOST disappointing Redskins player was.
(Note: This is not to be confused with Dan Snyder’s top 10 offseason champs. That is a different but related thing.)
This turned out to be a very long meeting. There has been a LOT of disappointment in the last 20+ years.
We briefly considered dividing the disappointments into various subsets — draft busts separate from free agent disasters, or failed wide receivers separate from failed defensive superstars — but in the end decided that one consolidated list was the way to go. Here’s the top 10, along with others receiving votes.
(Note: There was some talk given to including RG3 pretty high up on this list, but I … I just can’t. Not yet. I’m unilaterally moving him back to others receiving votes for at least a little while longer.)
When you get to the end, you can vote for your own biggest disappointment, or write in someone we missed in the comments.
10. Patrick Ramsey
Arrived as the 32nd overall pick in the draft. Started 24 games in a four-year Redskins career. Somehow signed with seven other teams over the next five seasons but never started another game. Continue reading
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As tough as the 2012 playoff loss to the Seahawks was, it seemed that the Redskins might be on the verge of turning the ship around. They had a new, Heisman-winning quarterback, their first playoff appearance in five years and, even to the most pessimistic of Redskins fans, a dim and flickering light at the end of the futility tunnel.
As all DC sports fans now know, that flicker was not hope, but a train filled with losses. Skins fans had no choice but to get on for the ride, and over the last two years, that train has taken us to a dark place without any clearly marked exits. Not only is the Skins franchise quarterback shelved on account of injury, but the team has won a grand total of five games since that 2012 loss to the Seahawks. Despite their loss to the Cowboys and Rams the past two weeks, the Seahawks, on the other hand, have done pretty well since that fateful game.
I found out this is a Redskins bar by mistake. The first time we went, it was a new place in Plaza-Midwood, our favorite neighborhood in Charlotte. We met friends there on a summer evening for beers and tater tots and at some point during the night it was brought to my attention that this is a place for Washington fans to gather, watch games, and be sad together. The only other Redskins bar I knew of in town had recently closed down. Awesome, I thought, can’t wait to come back during the season for a game, I thought.
That was over three years ago.
My next time back was yesterday to watch a 1-5 Redskins team take on the 2-4 Titans. Not the ideal scenario for my first game day experience at this bar, but I have a baby now. If I’m going to wait around for the ideal scenario to go out for a game, or to do most anything, really, I’m going to be waiting forever. It’s an establishment with football on the flat screens and cold beer behind the bar. It’ll do just fine.
My wife and I, toting our son Wyatt asleep in his carrier, arrive just after kickoff to meet our friend Michael, who walked from his nearby apartment to squat on a table for us in the “Redskins Room.” The Room is filled to capacity with people wearing burgundy and gold, which made us wonder what this place looks like when Washington has a winning record. (Although it’s only been open long enough to experience one such season, so the sample size is small.) The crowd of about 30 is an almost perfectly even mix of black and white, male and female.
Handing out labels following Skins games, this time a 19-17 win over Tennessee that I did not watch. So let’s hand it over to Twitter friend @youlookfoolish.
Lose this game and the Redskins are immediately regulated to NFL purgatory along with Oakland and Jacksonville. Good luck!
How are they favored by five, BTW? They’re on a four-game losing streak and have lost their last three by an average of 17. The Titans must be awesome.
Kickoff: 1 p.m. ET
Line: Redskins -5 (O/U 45.5)
Our prediction: Redskins, 16-15
Congrats to Mikeyvanilli for knowing the Redskins would come up short in Arizona. Now he gets to make a guest post!
Here are our crackerjack staff’s completely scientific predictions for this week’s game. Make yours down in the comments. Whichever reader comes closest becomes a published author on this here weblog.
JP Finlay: Redskins, 27-22
It’s Homecoming. You gotta win homecoming right?
Chris Mottram: Redskins, 31-27
Wait, is Redskins Homecoming a real thing? Please tell me that’s a real thing.
We were going to do a Winners & Losers-style post for the NL East champs, but I think this is a little more inclusive. There’s not much rhyme or reason to it, other than ranking the players based on who made the most positive impact this year. Enjoy.
40. Taylor Jordan — Was a member of the Opening Day rotation (filling in for Doug Fister), then went 0-3 with a 5.61 ERA in five starts before going down to the minors and then getting shut down because of an elbow injury. Also gave up Albert Pujols’ 500th HR. Tough year.
39. Jeff Kobernus — Didn’t hit much in the minors and went hitless in six at-bats for the Nats. Not sure what he was doing up there.
38. Greg Dobbs — I’ll be honest, I do not remember Greg Dobbs. Apparently he was a pinch-hitter in May and June.
37. Taylor Hill — Again, I don’t recall the Taylor Hill experience. Looks like he pitched well at AAA, though.
36. Xavier Cedeno — September call-up saw some middle-relief action. Was somewhat dominant at AAA Syracuse (13 K/nine innings).
35. Sandy Leon — This was his third year as a backup/third-string catcher for the Nats, and he’s only 25 years old. I would’ve guessed 35.
34. Nate McLouth — After two decent years in Baltimore, batted .173 without power in 139 at-bats. The Nats owe him another $5 million in 2015. Ouch.
Handing out labels following Skins games, this time a 30-20 loss at Arizona to fall to 1-5.
DeSean Jackson — Three catches for 115 yards and a TD. You’d think that making big plays and playing for the Washington Football Club would be mutually exclusive.
Jordan Reed — Eight catches on 11 targets for 92 yards. And more importantly, back on the field!
Kai Forbath — Touchbacks! No blocked kicks! It’s the little things.
Dan Snyder — Just look at him up there, like some kind of nerd-villain.
Jay Gruden — Off to a 1-5 start, which is worse than Mike Shanahan or Jim Zorn ever were.
Kirk Cousins — INT hat trick! Three today, seven in the past three weeks, 18 for his 13-game career.
Brian Orakpo — That drop was brutal. Shutout in the sack column too; now has 0.5 on the season.
Andre Roberts — Fumbling at your homecoming has to hurt.
Alfred Morris — Thirteen carries, 3.2 per. Second straight bad game.
Chris Chester — Managed to tackle D-Jax while blocking for him, which is very Redskins.
E.J. Biggers — The attempted tackled on Larry Fitzgerald’s TD was not great.
Bradley Beal — Out 6-8 weeks with a broken wrist. Hold me.
Pierre Garcon — Scored a TD, but it was his third straight game with 31 yards or less. These are not good times.
Now that I officially care more about my fantasy team(s) than my favorite team, it figures that they’ll go out and win this one.
Kickoff: 4:25 p.m. ET
Line: Cardinals -3.5 (O/U 45.5)
Our prediction: Cardinals, 22-16
Congrats to jake for knowing precisely how much Washington was overmatched against Seattle. Now he gets to make a guest post!
Here are our crackerjack staff’s completely scientific predictions for today’s game. Make yours down in the comments. Whichever reader comes closest gets to be a published author on this here weblog.
Chris Mottram: Cardinals, 20-17
The Skins have been outscored 109-65 in their last three games. I don’t see them doing much to narrow that gap on the road against Arizona’s defense. Logan Thomas quarterbacking would help, but Cardinals fans have the right attitude about his first NFL start: “They are playing as bad a team as you can find in the NFC in Washington.” Yep.