The Washington Redskins (finally) win a football game

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Washington Redskins running back Adrian Peterson carries the ball during the third quarter of Sunday’s win. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

The Washington Redskins rolled into Miami yesterday with their unique brand of football and beat the Dolphins 17-16. It marks the first win for the Redskins and the fifth loss in a row for the Dolphins. The Redskins are now 1-5 and the Dolphins are 0-5. The Cincinnati Bengals (0-6) are the Miami Dolphins are the only teams in the NFL yet to win a football game.

I secretly hoped the game would end in a tie. I thought it would be amusing if the Redskins had a 0-5-1 record. It would mark a new low for the Dan Snyder owned Redskins.

The Washington Redskins, now with less Gruden

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Jay Gruden

The Redskins not only notched their first win of the season, but it also marked the first win without Jay Gruden, the smarter of the Gruden boys, as head coach. That’s because Gruden’s employment with the team was terminated this past Monday. It was a long time coming as Gruden proved to be just as inept at couching as his deranged older brother, Jon Gruden.

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Jon Gruden

With Jay Gruden gone, the head coaching duties have fallen on “interim” head coach Bill Callahan. Aren’t all Redskins head coaches “interim” under the ownership of Dan Snyder? It sure seems that way.

I have to admit that my favorite part of watching a Washington Redskins game was when the camera pointed to Jay Gruden looking dumbstruck on the sidelines. I will miss that.

The Miami Dolphins are a terrible team

Speaking of terrible head coaches, the Redskins barely beat the Dolphins yesterday. Their victory was made possible by Dolphins head coach Brian Flores. With 11 seconds left in regulation, Miami scored a touchdown. Down by one point, an extra point would have tied the game. Instead of the extra point, Flores decided to go for two. The two-point conversion, of course, failed, ensuring the Redskins their first win.

If I didn’t know better, I might think the Dolphins are trying to lose on purpose. Are they trying to get the overall first pick in next year’s NFL draft? If they get it, they’ll almost certainly trade it away to a divisional rival for a firth round conditional pick and an expired Bed, Bath, and Beyond coupon. In other words, they’ll dolphin it up.

It wasn’t all bad for the Redskins yesterday. Rookie wide receiver Terry McLaurin had another nice game. He caught four passes for 100 yards and two touchdowns.

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That’ not too shabby, especially when you consider it was quarterback Case Keenum throwing him the ball.

Will the Washington Redskins ever be great again?

Don’t get me wrong. I don’t think the Redskins will ever be great again until the team has a new owner. Since Dan Snyder will never sell the team, that will never happen. With the NFL’s shared revenue scheme firmly in place, there’s nothing that will ever force super-fan Dan Snyder to sell his beloved Redskins. If losing teams in the NFL also lost money, owners would have to sell just to get their heads above water. For as much as the NFL likes to wrap itself in the American flag, the way it runs its finances is more communist than a Viet Cong’s broken AK-47.

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