I'm still part of the 'tear this thing down' camp. Of course the 'thing' isn't the team. It's the front office structure. If a new GM thinks Campbell doesn't suck and will fit in with his overall philosophy, great. Keep him. If he wants to trade Cooley. Fine. Just have a freaking plan for once.
I am fine with the plan idea. I whole-heartedly embrace it. I just don't see Vinny going anywhere after the year is out, not at this point.
But whatever. I find it rather disheartening that a couple close losses followed by one win over a lousy team fielding the worst QB in the NFL for half the game is suddenly making us re-think our attitude towards this team. If so, Dan Snyder is right. A win or two and we're all back to being a bunch of suckers.
For the record, my attitude changes a bit after every game. It always has. I look for signs that guys are getting "it", however that is currently defined. I pay attention to coaching decisions to see if Zorn and his staff are making some form of progress (in my limited opinion, of course).
I am currently re-thinking my attitude about certain
things, namely Jason Campbell and the current offense.
If Jason is seeing the light and the game is slowing down, then a QB drops down the priority list, at the very least. For me, it was hardly a forgone conclusion that a QB was the biggest priority anyway but the last 3 games have me looking at it even harder and frankly, even if this team were definitely just a QB short I don't' want Vinny picking that guy.
What I am not doing is returning to being a sucker. There isn't any Skins gear on my Christmas list and I am not lining up to buy tickets for a game or the next season. I'm a realist and until I see some sustained excellence I am not going to get too "up" over things.
I've said all along - the Redskins always start looking promising when the season is lost. I'm tired of it. I'm with Henry all the way. I have zero confidence our little 'renaissance' of the past 3-4 games means much. That's not to diminish the effort, but my fundamental view of the Redskins franchise isn't going to be changed by a couple of respectable finishes in meaningless games.
My confidence has hardly been restored either, Boone. I am still the skeptic and will remain so until such time as I have been proven wrong by the team.
However, as feed up with it as I am, I am equally feed up with change every couple of years. It isn't just Campbell that has suffered from it. It's the whole team. Under the Little Napoleon we had a year of Norv's offense, followed by a year of Jimmy Raye's offense, two years of the Ole Ball Coach's offense, two years of Gibbs, two years of Sanders and two years of Zorn.
No team can be successful like that.
The defense has enjoyed the most consistency under Williams for 4 years and now 2 years under Blache who worked under Williams. It is a unit that can contend with just about any in the league and that consistency is part of it, or so I believe. I honestly think a big reason the offense is doing as well as it is doing now is a testament to Buges, the biggest consistency on that side of the ball. Maybe there isn't a lot of talent but what is there has been coached the same way, by the same guy, for 6 years now.
This leaves me between a rock and a hard spot.
I think Vinny has likely done enough to save himself. His second round guys from 08 are playing well and contributing. Rinehart would be starting if not for a broken leg, Tryon has played well this year and Horton has been amazing. This year draft of Orakpo looks better every week even in the face of how thin the offensive line is and we all think Mitchell would be the equal of either of last years WRs if he could just get a few snaps. Digging up Gano, if he continues to kick like he did this last week, looks like another notch in his belt.
If we are real about it we all know the Danny was just looking for a reason to keep Vinny around and now has several excuses to do so where only one or two would have done the job. If I can't get rid of Vinny then I have little hope of getting the "plan" we all want to see.
That being the case, I think I vote for some continuity since it looks like the players might be getting it. That means giving Zorn and Campbell another year.