The 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. The Bucs sacked him six times.
In case you’re wondering if the Bucs have a 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 had 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 though his backup quarterbacks outplay him on the field, just isn’t working. No matter how much the Redskins try, that square peg just isn’t going to fit in that round hole.
The damage the Redskins are doing with their fan base may be unrecoverable. It isn’t as it was in olden times when people were fans of their local team because that’s who they got to watch on TV or go to a game in person. NFL football games have just become too expensive to attend. Ticket prices, parking, and the cost of concessions have all become too expensive. Even diehard fans can’t afford to go to more than one a year. Now thanks to modern satellite, the internet, and cable TV technology, you can watch any team on 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 go to support the visiting team, a team you watch every week 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:
Those of you who continue to support the Redskins problem-plagued organization, I sincerely wish you the best. I’ve loved them. But I’m OUT.
— Tony Perkins (@TonyPerkinsFOX5) November 16, 2014
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.