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Don’t believe the hype

September 16, 2019

The article that caught my eye after our second Redskins loss of the season was this one: The Redskins’ defense was supposed to be the strength of the team. It’s not.

That’s the kind of headline that pretty much saves you time, since you don’t really need to read the article once you’ve seen the headline. But there are some details worth noting.

The Skins offense struck first, giving the team a 7-0 lead in the 2nd quarter. How did the defense then work to hold up their end of the bargain? Well, in the six drives the Cowboys had afterward, the results were:

Touchdown.

Touchdown.

Touchdown

Field goal.

Touchdown.

End of game.

So… not good. And what frustrates me even more is that certain members of the team then don’t even have the sense to be quiet about it. Josh Norman instead railed on members of the media. Side note: The media did not throw or catch that 51-yard touchdown you failed to defend against, Norman. I’m looking forward to the next phase of your career, be it playing somewhere else, or dancing with the stars, or jumping over bulls.

Who’d have thought that the problem with the Redskins isn’t really Trent Williams holding out, or a quarterback who has been passed around more than a doobie at a Phish concert? Sure, the running game sucks, but the Redskins have led in both games so far, and they managed to score. Last year, the team averaged 17.5 points per game. So far this year, even with minimal rushing yards, they are averaging 24. The problem is that the defense is allowing 31.5.

When you’re a Redskins fan and you’ve seen the defense fail to get off the field 3rd down after 3rd down – especially when they for years have consistently failed on 3rd and long – then I suppose it your own fault if you truly believed the hype around this defense this year. I just hope the media will allow Josh Norman and crew to be better next week.