Sunday Hurt Day
Happy Tuesday People! However, even though it is Tuesday in my world its always football sunday so lets recap this one's events shall we. The Washington Redskins(2-2) faced the rolling 5-0 Atlanta Falcons. If anyone out there is a TRUE Redskin fan they see the progress that the Redskins have made in every game win or lose. However, one still is optimistic going into every game. Lets face it to the rest of the world the Red in Redskins stands for Dead. so typically on paper its the Deadskins vs the Atlanta Falcons and it should be a no brainer as to who takes the contest. the Redskins start off strong. Ryan Kerrigan intercepts a pass from Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan and runs it 28 yeards for the TD and the Redskins go up 7 to nothing. Later on in the 2nd Quarter the Falcons would score off a 1yard touchdown pass from Ryan to Tony Gonzalez, which would tie the game. Everything seemed to be pretty neck and neck at the beginning stages of the game.
Going into the second half the objective of course is to keep the motor running. Then you notice in an instant everything can change. Skins quarterback Robert Griffen III tries to get a first down for his team and ends up getting hit hard by Falcons defensive back Sean Witherspoons. BOOM!!! Just like that everyone in FedEx field's heart dropped. I have been one to criticize RGIII's inability to make up his mind on whether or not he wants to stay in the pocket or not. I mean in this league nowadays you either are a pocket quarterback or not. You either play like Tom Brady or you play like Michael Vick. Furthermore, if you go on to ask me I think the league needs to recognize the change in tides when it comes to the quarterback postition. Where players like Mike Vick and Cam Newton are showing their athleticism and showing that when it comes down to making it happen for their respective teams it does not always lie in how long you can stay behind the offensive line.
Anyways, that is a discussion for another time. RGIII unfortunately gets hit and RGIII unfortunately he would not return. He would in fact suffer a mild concussion.I understand trying to make things happen for your team, but in certain situations you have to learn when to take thr rope by the hands and when to pull the plug. This is a prime example of a young quarterback not knowing when to pull the plug. The synopsis is that RGIII does not know how to run out of bounds. I believe he learned his lesson. However, I must give him Kudos that whatever it takes mentality, especially coming from a Washington Redskins quarterback is commendable. That is the sense of urgency that has been lacking for so long in that position for the team. Someone willing to go guts for guts glory for glory and be a leader for this team. Concussion or not he gave his team a profound message and that is he will do whatever it takes for victory to prevail for the Redskins. All others naturally should follow suit. There is a passion in the team I feel that can be united from that one play.
The redskins would actually take the lead in the 3rd from a Billy Cundiff 23 yard field goal. Backup quarterback, rookie out of Michigan State, Kirk Cousins, would come in for the injured RGIII. For a minute he seem to be picking off from where Griffen left off. Completing a 77-yard gain to Santana Moss. After this destruction begins Kirk Cousins would get picked off twice and Matt Ryan would go on to lead three scoring drives helping the Falcons to take total control over the game. Post RGIII turned out to be a disaster for the Redskins who would lose 24 to 17. All this seems so tragic, but the Skins ONLY lost by 7. It seems like they lost by more than just that. But, in
Redskin land where losing seems to be more reoccuring than winning it is tragic.
The Brightside out of all this is that Griffen will be ready for next week's game against the Vikings. Hopefully, order can be restored and the Redskins can get a win before hey face NFC East Rivals/Superbowl Champ New York Giants. The Giants game will be a statement game for the Redskins...It WILL be there chance to show that they are indeed legitimate contenders in the NFC East. Beating the Giants will prove that the Redskins are geared to change and there is a new order in the Nation's capital. My advice to RGIII is put on a hard hat and get outta bounds. They need you young fellow.
Signing off Sports Diva in distress....