It’s been a while since I have written, which is unfortunate, because there has been a lot of jiucy stuff to blog about. I’ll try to give you the condensed version.
1. 2012 Redskin-Seahawk Wildcard Playoff Game: That was on you, Mike Shanahan. As a 60+ year old Super Bowl winning coach, you don’t take direction from a 23-year-old. I don’t care who the 23-year-old is.
2. I wasn’t sure if Mike should have been fired until the last 3 games of the season. He’s not a terrible coach, but at 3-13, something has to give. Although Jay Gruden only has 3 years of NFL coaching experience, he has significantly upgraded the Bengals’ offense. According to Bleacher Report, quoting Pro Football Focus, Bengals’ QB Andy Dalton was the second-least pressured quarterback in the league, behind Peyton Manning. If Gruden can keep that up in DC, it will come as a welcome change. In addition, don’t let the “3 years” fool you. He has been coaching on a professional level for 17 years. Yes, the Arena League counts as professional football.
3. Redskins Name Change: Nothing is going to happen unless Daniel Snyder gives the go-ahead. That’s not going to happen anytime soon, if ever. If, on the off-chance it does happen at some point, here’s a simple suggestion. Change the name to the Washington Braves and keep the logo. The Washington Redskins were originally the Boston Braves, so the Braves name is in keeping with the team’s tradition, but not nearly as offensive to Native Americans as the name Redskins.