Guest posting on behalf of RedskinsGab writer Patrick Rice:
There’s no reason to become alarmed, and we hope you’ll enjoy the rest of your flight. By the way, is there anyone on board who knows how to fly a plane?” Elaine Dickerson “Airplane!”
As the Washington Redskins enter week 3 with a sterling 0-2 record, I find the above quote from Airplane rather fitting.
Here we are, preseason favorites to win the NFC East and the Redskins have already buried themselves a hole. Not long ago, the Capital was high on the return of Robert Griffin III, a 4-0 preseason, and a home opener against an inferior Eagles opponent.
Well, that didn’t turn out so well. As the ‘Skins prepare to take on the Detroit Lions fans such as myself have begun to wonder…who exactly is flying this plane?
The Redskins once potent offense has sputtered out of the gate and looked below average. Forget the fantasy points RGIII has put up, the offense has been anemic against a real pass rush. Alfred Morris has taken some time to get rolling and outside of Pierre Garcon, no receiver has inspired too much confidence.
The defense is an absolute mess. 30 missed tackles in two games! London Fletcher looks slow, the secondary is atrocious, and teams know to get the ball out of the quarterbacks in a hurry. The one bright spot, Ryan Kerrigan was neutralized a week ago by Green Bay once they decided not to drop Aaron Rogers back in the pocket.
So where does this leave us? Well, I am here to say not all hope is lost. Yes, the Burgundy and Gold have looked bad, but have you seen the rest of NFC East. After an 0-2 start the Redskins only sit one game back. If Washington can win their next two games (Detroit and Oakland) they will head into their bye week 2-2 with Dallas on the horizon.
A positive bye week does wonders for a team. Look at the ‘Skins are last year’s bye week. It all starts against the Reggie Bush-less Detroit Lions in the comfy confines of FedEx.
Here’s to hoping someone knows how to fly Redskins Air.