This was indisputably a lousy performance by the Redskins. But it seems like some people need to be talked off the ledge already. I feel I should remind everyone that almost none of us expected the Redskins to be a good team this year. I had picked the Redskins for 7-9, and most other people seem to have had them pegged at 6-10 or 8-8. A few went as high as 9-7 or 10-6 and were accused of irrational optimism.
Nothing that happened today should have been all that suprising:
- Trent Williams was hurt. We all knew that Stephon Heyer is not a NFL-quality offensive tackle. He struggled.
- We all knew that the line (even without Williams) is better than last year but still seriously flawed. There were protection problems.
- We all knew there is a serious lack of talent at the wide receiver position. The receivers failed to produce.
- We all had questions about whether it was wise to take a team with a great front seven for a 4-3 scheme and switch it to a 3-4. Those players did not execute the 3-4 well today.
The Redskins lived up to expectations. So light a scented candle, or make yourself some herbal tea, or whatever, and realize that you just saw a mediocre team play like a mediocre team. As bad as that is, it is should not be a cause for rage. This is what mediocre teams look like.