We’re five weeks in and it seems beyond odd that there are no undefeated teams left; the teams that were supposed to have serious firepower have yet to detonate. The landscape is bland and without form; there is a void, there is PARITY!!! Thanks Pete!(Rozelle)
So,where does this leave the Burgundy and Gold? It was another unlikely win, another right up to the wire day. They did some good; they did some bad; it was an uneven outing. There will not be a lot of improvement with this year’s club, just because they are too thin on the offensive side of things.
Starting with McNabb, there’s just not a lot of clout, when Washington has the ball. Through 5 games, he has not shown himself to be the chosen one. What we’re seeing, is a player that was afflicted with erratic play from the beginning of his career, the QB that can go from the ridiculous to the sublime and back to the ridiculous in one series. In a word, he is inconsistent, and that is the way he will remain. The team is showing self-restraint in not giving him an extension, and Shanahan now knows McNabb is not Elway.
Defensively, they are a group of guys that are sticking with their assignments and staying cohesive for sixty minutes. Yesterday they shoved Green Bay’s arrogance back in their face. They were relentless, and eventually wore the Packers down. This unit may have some up side to it; they also have a couple of young stars that are leading them.
So far, they are a TEAM; they have the evanescent “IT”, they won’t be a powerhouse anytime soon, but I’m not sure we’ll see one anytime soon. What I’m seeing, (as was mentioned in the blog on Friday) are the contributions from some of the guys that were not deemed ready early in the season. This is encouraging, though unorthodox, because it’s the kids leading the goats. That doesn’t happen in too many cultures, but I’m not a sociologist or an anthropologist. Well, now that I think of it, didn’t monarchies of old operate that way?