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The 2014 Redskins Report Card Is Not Great

Here with a guest post for correctly predicting Redskins-Buccaneers is Mr. Irrelevant reader Z from Chestertown, Md.

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RGIII

It’s clear to most of the football world outside of the hopelessly optimistic and denial-ridden rooters that RGIII is not a very good quarterback. As many predicted, the read option was not sustainable both for the physical toll it would take on an undersized player and the eventual adjustments defenses would make in order to contain it. Without the read option RGIII is a below-average quarterback. There are too many inaccurate passes, missed open receivers, bad reads and sacks taken to blame everything on the obviously talent-deficient offensive line.

I don’t need a bigger sample size to reject RGIII as the long-term solution at QB. The size of the investment should not be a factor in any honest assessment of the player. The Redskins got it wrong and the sooner they admit that and plan a course of action to address the position the better.

Grade: C-

Dan Snyder

Enough has been written about this money-grubbing sociopath already. The losses are more acceptable knowing each one helps cement this man’s legacy as the worst owner in sports.

Grade: F-

FedEx Field

I’ve certainly had a lot of fun over the years going to games here, but no one outside of D.C. is putting this on their list of top 20 stadiums in the NFL. It’s ugly, uncomfortable, inconvenient, overpriced, drunk, rude, full of way too many opposing jerseys and the field is widely considered one of the worst two or three surfaces in the league by players. Build a new stadium in D.C. ASAP, and pay for it without using taxpayer money.

Grade: D

Bruce Allen

He is not a personnel guy but he does have name recognition. Unfortunately name recognition does not help you win games or draft competently. The Redskins desperately need a GM and will not win until they get one.

Grade: D

D.C. Media

What a great diverse group we have to cover our Redskins. Do other cities even have media bad guys? Now if they could only make RGIII quotable again.

Grade: B+

Mascot

This is an issue that’s going to keep haunting the team. I’ve heard every argument for and against the name ranging from well researched, footnoted commentary to the absurd and illogical (e.g., “Why don’t they worry about more important things like all the drunks on the reservations?”).

In my opinion it’s time to re-brand. I’m not saying that I believe the name is inherently racist. I do think that it is a harmful distraction. There is only one way to put the issue to rest for good.

My suggestion is to re-name the team The Washington Potomacs. The name Potomac is of Algonquian origin and has one translation of “the place to which tribute is brought”. The river was officially named in 1931 the year before the franchise came into existence. Keep the colors and the logo. If you are going to stop rooting for D.C.’s team because of a name change trust me the real fans won’t miss you.

Grade: Incomplete

D.C. sports fan and digital media guy that's been doing this since 2004. Once threw a football further than Chris Cooley.

3 Comments

3 Comments

  1. Derpley

    November 25, 2014 at 9:14 PM

    Good post. Inexplicable cannabis sativa silhouette in the background of the report card made me legitimately laugh out loud. Well played.

    Agree on all points. The most gangster shit Snyder could ever do is rename this team the Washington Bullets. (The FOOTBALL Bullets). Instant approval rating spike from the locals. Change the logo, keep the colors. Done and done.

    The name debate only attracts mouthbreathers, but I just wanted to point out that if the Washington football franchise didn’t have the native logo and instead used, say, Chief Wahoo (this guy http://bit.ly/1HFbZZz), this thing would have been over years ago. Someone with better Photoshop skills needs to make this happen. Game over.

  2. SiPhi

    November 26, 2014 at 8:46 AM

    Today I question my Skins fandom. We officially have no future. We’ll probably end up using our 1st rounder to draft Winston instead of O-Line / Safety / Pass Rusher / D-Line / Inside Linebacker , who will then promptly be charged with rape immediately after being drafted.

    Fuck this team.

  3. Fredo

    November 26, 2014 at 10:36 AM

    I’m against the name change but in this ultra-sensitive, politically correct society we live in, the name change is inevitable. That being said, there is only one name I will support. The Washington Braves. Our original name was the Boston Braves. We changed it to Redskins because we shared Fenway Park with the Boston RED sox and wanted an association with them. But people don’t learn history so fuck it all.

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