A very,very tough day. I honestly can’t remember a game that was quite as much of an emotional rollercoaster as this one. There were times in the 3rd quarter where I really thought the Redskins were going to pull it out. Obviously I haven’t had time to go through the game yet, but here’s some quick thoughts, in no particular order, now that I’ve had a few hours to process things (and calm down a little). All of these are subject to revision once I go through play by play, but I’m just showing you where my head's at tonight.
- The defensive line has a lot of explaining to do. I am at a loss as to how the Lions were able to run up the middle on us so effectively.
- Jason Campbell was extremely unimpressive. Outside of the first drive he was just extremely erratic. The passing game was clicking so well on that first drive, and then everything just went to pieces.
- Much of the heat Zorn is taking today is due to the decision to go for it on 4th down, but he made the right call. It was reasonable of him to expect that a defense that is supposed to be very good would not allow the Lions a 99 yard touchdown drive. I am just baffled by what happened to the defense today…
- I don’t care what Michael Strahan thinks. The execution was terrible today, but I saw no evidence that the Redskins quit. In fact, they fought their butts off throughout the game. They did so ineffectively, but that’s an entirely different matter than calling them quitters.
- So it turns out getting Santana into the game isn’t the only key to the offense.
- To all those who said Albert Haynesworth would give no effort once he got paid, I hope they saw him limp back out on the field to try to play through a painful hip injury in a game that was critical for his team.
- There’s no way to claim that this isn’t a terribly disappointing loss, but all along the odds were we would lose at least one of these allegedly easy games in this part of the schedule, because that’s the nature of the NFL. But this happened to come at the worst possible time, and to an opponent who, by virtue of coming off the first winless season since the late 70s, manages to make this into a national news story. There are some dark days ahead.
- All that said, there are 13 games left. The season is going poorly, but is far from over.
- If things don’t improve dramatically through the course of the season, Zorn and Campbell are both certainly gone - and probably should be. But there is absolutely nothing to be gained by firing Zorn midseason. What would really change – Stump Mitchell would call plays? There are relatively few individual play calls that I can find objectionable. If the problem is the offensive system itself, that can’t change midseason because one of his subordinates, probably Stump Mitchell, would take over. And we have to get much deeper into the season before we talk about benching Campbell. Obviously Todd Collins isn’t the future… So again – what do we gain by not allowing this pair a full season to show they can produce?