The Redskins and 3-7

November 18, 2013
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We’ve all heard a lot about the Wizards and 9-20 over the years. Well, let me introduce you to the Redskins and 3-7.

Like most of you, I woke up at the crack of dawn on Monday and started looking at past Redskins seasons. And I noticed a grisly trend.

From 1974-2003 — that’s a 30-season span — the Redskins began a season 3-7 only five times. They also were 7-3 or better eight times, including one 9-1 beginning and one 10-0 start.

But over the last 10 seasons, the Redskins have started out 3-7 five times. FIVE! Obviously, that’s been their most common record in that span. They’ve been 4-6 once, 5-5 three times, and above .500 just once: under Jim Zorn.

Anyhow, when 50 percent of your seasons start 3-7, the reporters that cover your team will be stuck with plenty of weeks like this, in which there are more questions about future seasons than the one that’s barely halfway done.

BOZ: REDSKINS HAVE BEEN LUCKY
You want another cold shower? Boz says this year’s Redskins team has actually enjoyed abnormally good luck.

What is far rarer is an NFL team, like Washington this season, that gets almost every break — few injuries, five defensive touchdowns, injuries to five opposing quarterbacks, an insane escape for a win over San Diego, plus a weak schedule — and still totally flops.

Washington may be the luckiest team in the NFL. Yet after a 24-16 defeat here to the Eagles, the Redskins are 3-7, and their good fortune may have run out.

 

LEN BIAS’S 50th BIRTHDAY
Sad.

 

MEAT OF THE DAY
Meat. So much meat. And also Marcin Gortat.

 

QUOTE OF THE DAY
At least no one is throwing coaches under the bus:

“They did a good job of scheming us up,” quarterback Robert Griffin said. “They kind of knew what was coming before it was coming and that was disheartening. But like I told the guys, regardless of what’s going on out there, we’re the players and we have to make the plays work, and we just weren’t doing that in the first half.”

 

VINE OF THE DAY
In case you want to watch that one for yourself.

WHAT TO WATCH TONIGHT
New England and Carolina play on ESPN’s Monday Night Football. There will be promos for next week’s game. Can’t wait. All TV and radio listings are here.

Dan Steinberg writes about all things DC sports at the DC Sports Bog.
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