We Want Dallas

Watching the Redskins in person is a unique experience. Hearing the chants of “WE WANT DALLAS!” reverberate through the stadium can give any Skins fan goose bumps. While belting out the Dallas chant, a sense of pride that has been missing for far to long swept over FedEx. Heading into the Monday clash in Texas, the Redskins sit alone atop the NFC East at 2-0. The Redskins found a way to put the Giants away and held on against Arizona. Those games have slipped through their fingers far to many times in the past. Dallas week is officially  here and I have a few observations from the game this past weekend.

1. Rex Grossman– Grossman has received a lot of well deserved praise these past two weeks. He has helped the offense move the ball at a clip  Washington hasn’t seen in a long time. Grossman is 3-2 as the starter dating back to last year and seems to have a great grasp of Kyle Shanahan’s offense.One area of concern though are the turnovers.
Grossman has bounced back after his three turnovers so far this year, but he simply can’t continue to turn the ball over at this rate. The fumble a week ago occured with the Redskins leading by only one touchdown, and could’ve easily put the Giants in striking distance to tie the score. Luckily, the defense bailed him out. Against Arizona, Grossman threw two interceptions. His second one to Anthony Armstrong was not entirely his fault, but the first interception came inside the 10, ending what likely would’ve been a scoring opportunity. The Redskins can ill afford these types of mistakes if they want to make the playoffs.

 Grossman deserves credit for what he has done thus far. I am excited at how well he moves the team up and down the field, but he must avoid the turnovers. They have plagued him throughout his career and seem to have followed him to DC. In five starts as Washington’s quarterback, Grossman has turned the ball over 11 times (6 ints and 5 lost fumbles) in those starts. Hopefully he can put those behind him and continue to impress week in and week out. In the mean time, it is something every ‘Skins fan should pay attention too.

2. Defense– How nice is it to see the defense flying around and winning games? For a long time the defense was highly ranked and seemingly successful in the 4-3, but those teams had a tendency to lose games by giving up touchdowns or field goals in the final moments. Not this defense. Built around a core of fierce linebackers, the Redskins seem to have found their defensive mojo. That’s two straight weeks they have forced crucial turnovers and put a lot of pressure on the quarterback. Fletcher is always outstanding and the combo of Orakpo/Kerrigan will have the NFC East fearful for years to come.

Keep an eye on the health of the secondary as the season goes on. LaRon Landry has yet to play this season and Josh Wilson & Kevin Barnes are banged up as well. All in all though, this defense is fierce and will hit opposing teams square in the mouth. Look for them to walk into Cowboys stadium and continue to impress.

3. Skill Positions– Tim Hightower impressed me with his hard nose running and seeing the speed of Helu first hand was just as impressive. Hightower will continue to get the bulk of the carries, but Roy Helu offers a great backup and will get a good amount of carries and screen passes because of his big play potential. Defenses will have to key on them. With teams keying on the run, it should free up the receivers.

Santana Moss produces every year, and the addition of Jabar Gaffney mixed with Armstrong’s speed gives the Redskins a good core of receivers. Fred Davis is not a tight end. He is just a freak and should only get better with the improving health of Chris Cooley. Washington has two Pro Bowl caliber tight ends on the roster and will continue to exploit defenses with them. This offense has plenty of weapons and could become scary for opposing teams defensive coordinators. The Shanahan’s know what they are doing and hopefully the offense will continue to get better.

Overall, being at FedEx Field and watching the Redskins win is always special. Being there with the optimism the way it is now and chanting “WE WANT DALLAS!” brings back memories of the Gibbs I and George Allen eras. Grossman needs to hold onto the football in order for the offense to get the ball into its playmakers hands. There might not be any big names on offense, but they are certainly producing. With London Fletcher inspiring Washington’s defense and the linebackers really flying around, the Skins have huge potential for the remainder of the year.

The road only gets tougher from here, but the Burgundy and Gold took care of business on their home turf. Next, they travel from the District to Texas. Nothing makes a Skins fan happier than whipping the Cowboys in their own stadium. Time to take care of business in BIG D.

Hail!


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3 Responses to “We Want Dallas”

  1. 007 says:

    Now we agree on GROSS–man 3 TD’s-3 turnovers not good at all. But it’s the same old BEARS playe rin burgandy and gold. i wonder if he suffers from ADD.

    SHANAHAN’s and BRUCE ALLEN have got it going on. Another starter ILB and back-up FS are in order in the next draft along with four linemen and a Q-B.

    If the o-line can play together this entire season without major injuries and improve, we may not need more than one top-flight starter and a back-up.

    I think the ‘SKINS are just a handful of personnel moves away from …………. dare I say, the playoffs, maybe more.

  2. JT says:

    Not to mention a few drops by the opposing teams that should have been interceptions.

  3. 007 says:

    Glad you enjoyed the environment PAT. Last time I went to a ‘SKINS game in person it was x-games 1972.

    Last regular season I attended, we played would you believe, the St. LOUIS CARDINALS, lately from CHICAGO. JIM BAKKEN kicked the winning field-goal if I remember correctly. I and several friends were well oiled by the end of the game. Really don’t remember who won. But I do remember yelling at the bench to sit down because my buds and I were in the third row and couldn’t see the game. VINCE PROMUTO came over and threatened us with bodily harm if we didn’t shut up. Nice! Now there’s an environment.

    Also attended the ‘ice’ bowl in December 1960 at GRIFFITH STADIUM. I remember freezing my bohuncus off in the third quarter, as a vendor came through the stands yelling, “It’s still time to eat, drink, and be merry while you enjoy the game.” That one cracked me up. As I remember the twenty yards and end-zone to my left was a frozen sheet of ice because the grounds crew had removed the tarp because of snow accumulation. Before they could remove the rest of the tarp, the snow accumulation was so heavy they couldn’t drag the tarp off the field. They ended up playing the GIANTS of sixteen inches on snow on top of the tarp, except for the frozen part. As I remember PAT SUMMERALL kick a successful field-goal in that game.

    And of course, way back when I was a nine year old my dad set the hook in me where the REDSKINS were concerned by taking me to SAMMY BAUGH’s last ball-game in Decemer 1952. Been a life-time ‘SKINS fan ever since for better or worse. Was teased alot in the fifties for being a ‘SKINS fan when everyone else was rooting for JOHNNY U and the COLTS. Danged front-runner fair-weather fans. Got no use for ‘um.