Redskins Focus on 49ers

A lot has been said about how Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III answered media questions during his Wednesday press conference. His short, direct answers all contained a simple message that the Redskins are focused on their game Sunday against San Francisco.

These responses from Griffin come only days after he was heavily scrutinized for his comments about his team after a horrific loss at home to Tampa Bay.

Redskins coach Jay Gruden didn't help matters much by essentially calling Griffin out and publicly commenting on his performance. In essence, the coach did the same thing Griffin did.

So what I like about the message Griffin emphasized Wednesday is that the team is ready to move forward and focus on the task at hand, which is the game Sunday against the 49ers.

While it remains to be seen if this focus will enable the Redskins to play better this weekend, it at least signals that the team is doing it's best to do the right things after a week of amplified media attention.


RG3 Lacks Leadership Ability Needed By Struggling Redskins

When a team struggles, leaders emerge to try and right the ship. That leader dubbed by many should be third-year quarterback Robert Griffin III. Frankly RG3 should be the leader of this team, however his actions prove that he is anything but capable of putting this team on his back. Instead, it's finger pointing and essentially throwing his teammates under the bus when he himself hasn't done anything special.
“It takes 11 men," Griffin said after the game. "It doesn’t take one guy, and that’s proven. If you want to look at the good teams in this league and the great quarterbacks, the Peytons and the Aaron Rodgers' those guys don’t play well if their guys don’t play well. They don’t.
"We need everybody. I need every one of those guys in that locker room, and I know they’re looking at me saying the same thing.”
Even though Griffin's statements weren't completely inaccurate, as a quarterback and leader of the Redskins, it is his job to shoulder most of the blame. RG3 did take a little blame by saying "he needed to do better", but the way he stated his words above, make it seem like he would have done better if he team did better. Those are not the words or thoughts of a leader.


Redskins Flat Out Suck

I may bleed burgundy and gold when it comes to watching pro football, but that doesn't mean I can't be critical of the dismal display the Washington Redskins showed today against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In fact, because I am such a die hard fan, it gives me every right in the world to rip the team apart.

I have been and continue to be a Robert Griffin III supporter, but for the first time today, I am beginning to doubt whether he is the future for the Redskins. His indecisiveness and inability to make easy throws at times, make you wonder if he will ever have what it takes to continually be the answer at the helm for the 'Skins. Granted, the offensive line is one of the worst collection of linemen to every step foot on the field at the same time.

The Redskins offense is loaded with weapons, but they continue to shoot blanks, despite numerous opportunities to make big plays in every game. The chemistry is not there, and I'm starting to doubt if it ever will be there. Desean Jackson is open on nearly every play, but the team still is having trouble getting him the ball. Pierre Garcon continues to be heavily underutilized in this offense.

The one bright spot on offense continues to be running back Alfred Morris. However, as teams begin to realize the Redskins cannot throw the ball with any consistency, defenses will continue to key on Morris, which will begin to limit his productivity.

The Redskins defense has been as up and down as you can get. The defense played brilliantly against Dallas a few weeks ago, but has been terrible in almost every other game this season. We all knew the secondary would be pathetic this season per usual, but the defensive line has been my biggest disappointment. I thought this defensive line was finally going to be able to pressure the quarterback this year. Nope, not even close.

I'm not even going to touch special teams, other than saying with how many college kickers there are, shouldn't the ones that make it to the NFL be able to make 50-yard field goals routinely? These guys should be able to make these kicks in their sleep. Every other team in the NFL has a kicker that can consistently make kicks, why the hell can't Kai Forbath make these kicks? Since he can't, let's find a kicker that can. There should be plenty available.

As a Redskins fan, I am embarrassed by this team. Will I ever give up on them, hell no. That's not my style. I will however call it like it is, and frankly this team sucks. They suck and I do not see it getting better any time soon.


O's Sweep Tigers

The Baltimore Orioles are going to the American League Championship Series for the first time since 1997 after a three-game sweep over the Detroit Tigers.

As a Baltimore fan for my entire 30 years, I have experienced many ups and downs, but this team has made given its fans plenty to be excited about. Led by Buck Showalter, the Orioles have been one of the league's most dominant teams over the past couple of seasons. This season, Baltimore is winning when it counts.

Powered by a two-run homer from AL Homerun leader Nelson Cruz, the Orioles held on the win against a talented Tigers team. Despite facing the last three Cy Young Award winners in Max Scherzer, Justin Verlander and David Price, the Orioles were able to complete the three game sweep.

Not many people gave the Orioles a chance to win this series in three games, but the gritty play of Baltimore continued to prove people wrong. Playing without three of its top players in Manny Machado, Matt Wieters and Chris Davis down the final stretch of the season, the Orioles continued to roll.

The Orioles will take on the winner of the Kansas City and Los Angeles series in the ALCS.