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The 10 Most Disappointing Redskins Of The Past 20 Years Or So

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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

Redskins Ticket Prices Hit New 5-Year Low

Here to talk about the falling price of Redskins tickets is TiqIQ.

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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.

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Misery Loves Company: Field Trip To A Redskins Bar In Charlotte

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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.

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Redskins-Titans Winners & Losers

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.

Redskins-Titans Predictions

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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.

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Redskins-Cardinals Winners & Losers

Handing out labels following Skins games, this time a 30-20 loss at Arizona to fall to 1-5.

Winners

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.

Losers

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 OrakpoThat 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 ChesterManaged to tackle D-Jax while blocking for him, which is very Redskins.

E.J. BiggersThe attempted tackled on Larry Fitzgerald’s TD was not great.

Bradley BealOut 6-8 weeks with a broken wrist. Hold me.

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Pierre Garcon — Scored a TD, but it was his third straight game with 31 yards or less. These are not good times.

Redskins-Cardinals Predictions

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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.

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Redskins-Seahawks Winners & Losers

Handing out labels following Skins games, this time a 27-17 MNF loss to Seattle.

Winners

Kirk Cousins — If you compare this to his last outing he looked like Joe Montana. Any way you cut it, 283 yards, two TDs and no picks against Seattle ain’t bad. That first bomb to DeSean Jackson (above) was like a ray of sunshine in monsoon season.

DeSean Jackson — His 157 receiving yards accounted for 51% of the Redskins’ total offense.

Ryan Kerrigan — Made a drive-stopping sack, blowing right by the guard. Is now tied for the NFL lead with six.

Tress Way — Averaged 49.9 yards per punt, and is now averaging 52.2 per for the season, which is best in the league by two yards. His net average (42.3) is good for seventh in the league, but I’m not yet ready to accept the Redskins having a good punter, especially one named Tress Way.

Losers

Jim Haslett — Were they unaware that Russell Wilson can run? Because Wilson ran for a MNF QB-record 122 yards, and it looked like he could’ve gotten 122 more. Overall, the defense was brutal in the first half and decent in the second. They really benefited from Seahawks miscues. Percy Harvin alone had three touchdowns called back.

Jay Gruden — Seattle’s tough, but his offense looked inept for long stretches. He’s also now 0-5 on challenges, but that may be Replay Booth Coordinator Bruce Allen’s fault.

Ben Kowitca — Of course Seattle’s fake field goal worked.

Alfred Morris — You know I love FroMo, but 2.2 yards/carry and a fumble is no way to go through life.

Pierre Garcon — Caught two balls for 23 yards, and was told by Richard Sherman that “he doesn’t matter in this league.” Rough night.

E.J. Biggers — I don’t have a complete picture of his performance, but two things stand out: 1) getting punked by Wilson in the open field, and 2) being called for holding in punt coverage on a kick that was clearly going to be either a touchback or a fair catch.

Morgan Moses — Came in at right tackle for an injured Tyler Polumbus, and then this happened.

Kai Forbath — He proved in the second half that he *can* kick the ball into the end zone. So why do they continue utilizing the strategy of pooching it high and short? Seattle started their opening drive on the 35 and had the field position advantage all night long.

Jon Gruden — It can’t be easy calling your kid brother’s game. But it seemed like he went out of his way to criticize Haslett at every turn, while also praising Wilson for things that seemed like veiled criticisms of RGIII. He also wouldn’t question Jay’s decisions, including electing to kick on 4th-and-1 from the 10 down 17-7 in the third and then following that up with a failed onside kick. C’mon, man.

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Robert Griffin III — New hair alert! It’s kinda Iverson-y.

Andre Roberts — Picked up a couple first downs and scored a TD, but had a bad drop on a 2nd-and-10 with momentum happening.

Perry Riley — Missed the tackle on Marshawn Lynch’s TD, but made 10 tackles on the night.