Biggs: Have the Redskins gone Al on us?
Have the Redskins become the Raiders of the East Coast?
Has it really come to that?
Daniel Snyder would probably have to sue the NFL a couple times, and maybe move his franchise once or twice to truly capture the Raider image, but the mess in D.C. certainly looked Raideresque to one guy who spent time with both organizations.
Rich Gannon is more well known for taking Oakland to the Super Bowl following the 2002 season, but he also had a brief stay with the Redskins, and when he was back to broadcast Sunday’s underwhelming loss to the previously winless Kansas City Chiefs for CBS, he got an eyeful. And it looked like the Raiders.
Dan Steinberg at the Washington Post caught all the details from Gannon’s visit on Sirius NFL Radio earlier today. Gannon actually held court with Snyder about two hours prior to kickoff Sunday and told Snyder it resembled the Raiders. Whether or not that’s enough to get him banned from Redskinsland in the future—the Raiders don’t want him around—remains to be seen.
“Well, you know, ironically enough we were kind of going back and forth, between talking about the situation in Oakland,” Gannon said. “Honestly, this is crazy. And I'm sitting there saying, `Is this all that different than in Oakland?’ And I didn't want to insult him, but certainly I thought the situation was dire.”
What do you think went over worse with Snyder—Gannon’s remarks or the empty seats, reportedly 30,000 of them at FedEx Field for the game?
“It's a mess,” Gannon said. “And now they're gonna turn to a guy in Sherm Lewis that's been out of football for five years. I mean, he was lured out of retirement to work as a consultant, another set of eyes, was what Vinny Cerrato said. I don't think it's something the coaches wanted. He doesn't even understand the terminology. When I sat down and talked with some of the coaches, they said, `Listen, this guy's been out of it, we have different terminology, different verbiage.’ My sense is the coaches aren't happy about it. And they don't have time, the coaching staff, to stop and to bring Sherm Lewis up to speed. And I think that this is actually going to turn into a disaster for this organization.’’
We’re tempted to agree with Gannon. The Redskins (2-4) have been playing the easiest schedule you could possibly construct. How else do you describe getting St. Louis, Detroit, Tampa Bay, Carolina and Kansas City in consecutive weeks. There are teams that would call themselves lucky to play all five of those clubs in a 16-game span, not in five straight weeks. Washington plays Philadelphia on Monday night and then comes out of a bye vs. Atlanta, Denver and Dallas. It looks like there is going to be more carnage.
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