12/21/10

Need Blasting Caps



A slight melancholy came over me after the defeat at Dallas. It was like both barrels discharging simultaneously, a real jolt! I came to the conclusion that it’s possible, Coach Shanahan had come to the conclusion he should have come to when he signed on -- that it was going to take time. When I took that in, I realized we’re all headed into a type of therapy --- the long and painful way back to recovery.
I recall him saying something like this back in January. But that was the last mention until recently. “When he stood that day with a hope that was dead in the glare of the truth at last. He had failed, he had failed; he’d just done things by half. The season had been a jolly good joke on him, and now was the time to laugh.” (paraphrasing of Robert Service, The Men Who Don’t Fit In)
Shanahan should have figured out early on this was a raze site not a fixer-upper. For reasons unknown, he called off the wrecking ball. Instead, he defied the sagging main timber in the foundation that would be Old Number 92, and then decided to make the whole construct top heavy by expanding with a superfluous addition that would be Old Number 5. Not typical know-how for someone in-the-know. 
Ironically, with the crash that was heard last week, when the facade was mathematically eliminated from the playoffs, he has turned into a right jolly old elf.  As odd as it sounds, this is the first time Shanahan was probably ever okay with missing the playoffs, because the specter of having Old Number 5 take them there, would have caused catatonia.
If they actually do bring in the H.E.O’s (heavy equipment operators), and we’re looking to 2012 as the earliest for significant improvement, then I have to drink a stern toast to Shanahan and simply say ‘here, here.’ Like they say, all things must come to an end and be careful what you ask for. I’ve been pointing in this direction for so long, now that they may actually take it, seems to take my bully pulpit away. Kind of like that movie Kirk Douglas was in, “There Was A Crooked Man,” in the end after struggling to get back to where he’d left the loot, he opens the box only to have a rattlesnake bite him in the neck. Kirk’s last words, as only Kirk could say it , “Aahh, Sheet”!
So now, when the coach talks about it taking time, and building it the right way, what are we to believe the right way is? Do we believe he still knows how to build, based on what we’ve seen so far? Or the all encompassing question, CAN HE GET A PERMIT?

8 comments:

  1. This team has needed a total rebuild for about the last 3 years. We need to trade away our players of value for draft picks and rebuild this thing from the ground up. No more "quick fixes" or tinkering around the edges.

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  2. I'm totally on board with a rebuilding process and all I can add is "it's about time". Let's just hope we finally start drafting and building from within. I think if the fans know we're truely doing that w/o influence from "you know who"...... we'll all jump back on board. I loved seeing # 92 go, and as much as I do think McNabb is a class act and a gentleman, his playing days as a # 1 are over. Keep up the pressure Riggo.

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  3. rebuild? yes. but does this team have the personnel, from owner to gm to coaches who have the right stuff to choose the right players?

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  4. We do need to rebuild but character starts at the top. Shanahan is lacking in character. If we are going to rebuild bring in the tools first!!!!!! I don't have much hope in a coach who cannot speak the truth. This is the Redskins not the CIA.

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  5. Over the years we have had the same problems! We just rotate the ones who over see it all. Too many broken branches and falling leaves. Can we look at the root in which stems these problems! Lets not forget when the beginning of end started! I am sorry but Daniel Snyder needs to be replaced!

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  6. Start at the top and work your down...Dan Synder just sucks as a NFL Owner, plain and simple.

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  7. My biggest problem this year was they Should have never changed the defense .why fix something that wasn't broken.

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  8. After the loss to dallas i had to listen my friends and local skins radio shows brag on how good the skins lost.i said this is sad.we now are getting excited over losses.this is what this team has come to.when we can throw grossman in and he makes some good plays,never mind he threw two inteceptions i beleive dallas scored from.and he is now a saint becos dallas played so bad that they tried to give us a W but that can not even be done.but many skins fans cebrated the loss and many citics hailed the skins in there loss.i just shook my head,and said this has come to insanity.

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