By Tommy Keeler Jr.
Remember when the Washington Redskins beat New Orleans, 40-32, in the first game of the season?
It seemed like all the Redskins fans in the area and in the D.C. area were excited. There was all kinds of talk about RGIII, aka Robert Griffin III, being the savior. I even saw some posts online comparing him to Jesus.
It's amazing how quickly things can change. All the hope, dreams and excitement of a fan base had reality cave in on them over the next few weeks.
Now it's pretty clear the Redskins are still the same Redskins they have been for the last few years.
Don't get me wrong, RGIII is going to be really good. Although, I'm thinking more like Michael Vick (without the jail term) good as opposed to Tom Brady good.
Still, it takes more than one player to have a successful team, and the Redskins simply don't have enough talent and depth to get it done.
The bottom line for me is the Redskins are exactly who I thought they were at the beginning of the season (Dennis Green would love hearing that).
I didn't feel like the Redskins really made themselves better in the offseason, and I think it shows. They are improved at quarterback, but I still think RGIII is better at running than throwing.
I don't think their receivers or the offensive line are any better than before. I don't see any superstar, big-play threats at wideout.
Certainly, they've had their share of injuries, especially on the defensive side of the ball. But many teams have had injuries and that's where you need to have more depth. That's something the Redskins clearly do not have.
I expected the Redskins to be better on defense than on offense, and injuries have put a damper on that.
The Redskins are a respectable ninth in the NFL against the run, but they are 31st against the pass. They are giving up 301.7 yards per game through the air. That might be a defense even I could throw on.
Redskins coach Mike Shanahan hinted after the team's 21-13 loss to Carolina on Sunday that the season was basically over, and then backed out of that a day later.
There's no question the Redskins could make the playoffs, but let's be honest -- the way they're playing right now, they'll be lucky to win five games.
Shanahan said it's now time to start evaluating some of his players; however, I think it's also time for owner Dan Snyder to evaluate Shanahan.
I never thought he was a great fit for the Redskins, and I still don't. He is 14-27 in three seasons with the Redskins.
Snyder has been known for having a bit of quick trigger when it comes to coaches. He's certainly not known for his patience, and I would have to think if things don't turn around in the next seven games he will pull the trigger again.
Of course, Sean Payton may be available after the season's over. It could be interesting if the Dallas Cowboys were to part ways with Jason Garrett. You could have Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and Snyder going after Payton. That would be a new twist to the rivalry.
As a Cowboys' fan, I sort of understand what Redskins' fans are going through. The Cowboys are still the same team they've been the last few years.
The Cowboys won their season opener against the New York Giants and then have fizzled ever since.
As the rest of the season goes on, there's no question that Shanahan will be watching closely to see who he would want to have back next year, and Snyder will be watching Shanahan and thinking hard about the future.
When things stay the same and become stagnant, it's a good sign that it's time to make a change.
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