Robert Griffin III invited to take a seat

Looks like Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden has one more thing to be thankful for tomorrow: Robert Griffin III is being demoted from the starting quarterback position and backup Colt McCoy will get the start against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday.

Robert Griffin III has played terribly this season. He was injured in week two and missed six games. Since coming back, he’s missed open receivers, thrown the ball right to defenders, and has been sacked a whopping 16 times. The Redskins have lost all three games since Griffin returned to the starting lineup, first to the Minnesota Vikings, then to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and most recently, to the San Fransisco 49er’s.

Colt McCoy

Colt McCoy

Colt McCoy started two games for the Redskins before Griffin came back. He played much better than RG3. The Redskins won both games when McCoy was under center, first against the Dallas Cowboys on the road and then to the Tennessee Titans at home.

McCoy never should have been benched for Griffin. A player who’s playing well should never be replaced by another player just because the other player is no longer injured. The only time a player should be inserted back into the starting lineup, regardless of the reason they left the starting lineup, is if it’s believed they will play better than the player they are replacing.

Did anyone think Robert Griffin III was going to play better than Colt McCoy has been playing?

Dan Snyder

Dan Snyder

The better choice would have been to allow Colt McCoy to continue playing until he started to play badly, then put a healthy Griffin back into the starting lineup. The thing is, I don’t think the decision was ever up to Gruden. The Redskins gave up so much to get Griffin, three first-round picks and one second-round pick, I think owner Dan Snyder has been insisting that Griffin be the starter. If I’m right, it looks like Snyder has finally yielded to common sense and will allow Gruden play who he wants.

Jay Gruden will probably get fired at the end of this season, not because he deserves to be fired, but because that’s just what happens to head coaches who work for Dan Snyder. They tend to get fired. Considering that, Gruden should at least be allowed to play who he wants to play.

Mark Cuban on the Lakers: ‘Personally, I just hope they suck forever’

mark-cubanMark Cuban, the bombastic billionaire owner of the Dallas Mavericks, was on a Los Angeles radio show where he told host Fred Roggin that, “You know me, Fred. Personally, I just hope they suck forever.”

Cuban was talking about the Los Angeles Lakers and their 1-9 start, the worst start in franchise history.

It’s hard for me to put into words how much I dislike Mark Cuban. The guy is a neverending sound bite of stupidity. He craves attention so much that he just can’t help from saying stupid things, for example, going on a Los Angeles radio show and telling listeners that you hope their favorite sports team sucks forever. Why is he on a Los Angeles radio show? Why is he talking about a team other than his Dallas Mavericks?

What other owner in professional sports would do that? Cuban is always putting himself out there, trying to get attention. I couldn’t even tell you how owns the two other NBA teams in Texas, the Houston Rockets or the San Antonio Spurs. I’m sure I could easily find out who owns those two teams on Wikipedia or over at Ask Jeeves, but that’s not the point. The point is that most teams in the NBA have owners who don’t try to steal the spotlight from the teams they own. Why can’t Cuban be more like the owners of those two franchises?

Because he’s an attention whore, that’s why.

How bad are the Washington Redskins?

How bad are the Washington Redskins? - Bent CornerThe Washington Redskins lost at home to the  Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, 27-7. Before Sunday’s matchup, the Bucs had only won one game.

Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin was especially awful. He threw 23/32 passes for 207 yards. He threw one touchdown and one interception. He was sacked six times.

In case you’re wondering if the Bucs have better defense than their record reflects, they don’t. Even including Sunday’s game into the mix, they rank 30th in a 32 team league in pass defense. Before Sunday’s game with the Redskins, the Bucs had only sacked the quarterback 14 times in nine games. As bad as the Bucs’ defense is, the Redskins should have been able to put some points on the board.

One of the biggest problems that Redskins have is their starting quarterback, Robert Griffin III.  He’s clearly lost a thing or two since injuring his knee during his rookie season. Insisting that he be the starting quarterback even tough his back-up quarterbacks outplay him on the field, just isn’t working. No matter how much the Redskins try, that square peg just is not going to fit in that round hole.

The damage the Redskins are doing to their fanbase may be unrecoverable. This isn’t like it was in olden times when people were fans of their local team because that’s who they could watch on the TV, or better yet, go to the game and watch the team in person. Games have become so expensive to attend, not only in the ticket prices, but with parking and concessions, that even diehard fans can’t afford to go to more than one a year. Now thanks to modern satellite, Internet, and cable TV technology, you can watch any team on the TV, not just your local team. If going to the game in person has become so expensive that you can only go once a year, you might as well be going to support the visiting team, a team you might watch on satellite or the Internet.

Here’s a tweet by one such damaged Redskins fan, Tony Perkins, former Good Morning America weather broadcaster and current news anchor for the local Fox station:

The Redskins have a problem. If they don’t fix it, they’re going to end of being the east-coast version of the Oakland Raiders.

If you have a problem with the Redskins’ name or mascot, I have some advice for you

ows_141498495087329The Washington Redskins went to Minnesota to play the Vikings this past Sunday and they did what they do best: they lost. The final score was 29 to 26.

Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III made his triumphant return in the losing effort and played fairly well, considering the amount of rust he has acquired sitting on the bench, eating Subway sandwiches, and recuperating the his various injuries. What was even more remarkable than RGIII playing in an actual NFL game, were the thousands of people protesting outside the stadium against the Washington Redskins.

Some claim the team’s name is a racial slur against Native Americans and should be changed to something else. Many of the protesters on Sunday were reportedly of Native American descent. Some were protesting against the name, while others were protesting against the team’s mascot.

The mascot? What’s wrong with the mascot?
Although I understand how some can argue that the name is a racial slur – I don’t agree with them, but I see how they can come to that conclusion – I don’t understand how anyone can argue the mascot is disrespectful or insulting. The Redskins’ mascot is one of the more nicer looking mascots in the NFL.

The Redskins’ porous defense is insulting, not the mascot.

norseman-article-compThe ironic thing about the Redskins’ mascot is that it’s very similar to the Vikings’ mascot. The Redskins’s mascot is a man of Native American ancestry. The Vikings mascot is a cartoonish man of white European ancestry with an overgrown 1970’s porn mustache. Of the two mascots, the Redskins’ mascot is much more respectful, mostly because it doesn’t include a stupid looking mustache.

My advice to anyone who doesn’t like the Washington Redskins’ name or mascot, is to pick another team to support. There are 32 teams in the NFL. Chances are, there’s at least one or two other teams in the league with names or mascots that you won’t find offensive or insulting to your delicate sensibilities.

Photo: by Jeff Wheeler / StarTribune

Redskins beat Cowboys in overtime, make most NFL pundits look like slack-jawed idiots

The Washington Redskins went into Dallas last night and beat the Cowboys in overtime, 20-17. Not only did the Redskins beat the Cowboys, they treated Tony Romo much like how Obi Wan Kenobi treated Anakin Skywalker on the planet Mustafar, except without all the lava.

Third-string quarterback Colt McCoy lead the Redskins in the win, completing 25 of 30 passes, throwing for 299 yards with one interception and no touchdowns. He did score a touchdown with his feet, running one in in the fourth quarter. McCoy played for the Texas Longhorns in college, starting all four years he attended the school. He set all sorts of records at Texas, making him officially kind of a Big Deal in the state of Texas.

With the win, the Redskins are now 3-5 for the season. Their next game is against the Minnesota Vikings where nobody will be allowed to say the name “Redskins”. The Cowboys are now 6-2, and sit at first place in the NFC East

If you watched any of the pre-game shows on Sunday and then again last night, you know that nobody foresaw the Redskins winning the game. All of ESPN’s football experts, some of the greatest football minds of our generation*, picked the Cowboys to beat the Redskins. They were wrong. Imagine that.

* not really.

(Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)