Mike Wise: In recent memory, this staggering loss might be the worst for Redskins fans
When the madness ended, when the cold and crestfallen had shuffled to their cars in Landover, the other bizarre moments became mere footnotes. Pete Kendall's catch and fumble last season; that no-they-didn't crazy 2006 win over the Cowboys; Gus Frerotte's hurtful head-butt; even the two-timeout brain lock against Buffalo two Novembers ago, when Joe Gibbs fell on the sword. All of them, incomparable.
"Never seen nothin' like it here, that's for sure," Sam Huff said as Sonny Jurgensen nodded in the background after the Hall of Famers had completed their radio-announcing duties in the home locker room.
When the most incredible, staggering game in FedEx Field history was over, and the Washington Redskins had inexplicably snatched defeat from the jaws of victory, it had to be asked:
-- What kind of cruel team goes toe-to-toe with perhaps the best team in pro football, only to miss a chip-shot field goal and muck everything up?
-- What kind of star-crossed franchise rolls up a rare 455 yards of total offense, only to pilfer away the one afternoon of this ever-maddening season during which they could have been feted as conquerors?
-- Who tempts, teases and then takes away something like this from their emotionally abused fans?
Who? The same coaches and players who have done it to the owner and general manager the past few weeks, the same team that keeps altering perception of its key personalities and its possible future together.
Yes, that's right, together.
Break up the Redskins? In five weeks, it's supposed to be a done deal. But should it?
Let's be honest: Jim Zorn was Unemployed Coach Walking two months ago, and probably he still is after this collapse. Less than a month ago, Jason Campbell was soon to be some other team's problem, a seven-step-drop quarterback trying to fit in a snap-and-fire scheme.
But after yet another wrenching, last-minute loss, now what?
Had they been blown out the past few weeks, the Redskins could have made this so easy on everyone. But instead, what the past few weeks have shown is that while the Redskins have obvious flaws, they also have redeemable parts, players who could have key roles on teams that won't just play spoiler roles in December. And for that to happen, huge decisions have to be made. Irrespective of how they gave back a 10-point lead in the final minutes, those decisions just got a lot tougher.