Many Redskins fans got their backs up last week when I wrote that Coach Joe was wrong to "congratulate" the roaring fans at FedEx Field for forcing Bears rookie QB Kyle Orton and teammates into several false starts. Orton could have helped his team by stepping away from the line of scrimmage until his signals could be heard, or until the referee called a delay of game penalty against the home team.
Crowd noise is supposed to disrupt the opposing team. What is the use of home-field advantage? The point of playing at home is really for the crowds to get involved. Plus, teams should be sophisticated enough to overcome such issues.
Keith Smith, Fairfax
I thought football games are played for the enjoyment of fans to watch , enjoy, cheer and support their favorite team, not affect the game by not allowing the other team to function. I know, I'm old school, out of touch and oblivious to the home team scoreboard encouraging "noise."
I would like to apologize for my boorish behavior last week at the Redskins-Bears game. I had the audacity to cheer loudly for the Redskins' defense and, in turn, I apparently made it difficult for Kyle Orton to bark out his snap count. Next game I will certainly strive to please you with more gentlemanly actions, such as the ever-popular golf clap.
Dave Tyskowski, Annandale
A game ball to you, Dave, for turning Kyle Orton into jelly and helping the Redskins beat Da Bears.
Crowd noise is tradition and pride. I go to school at Virginia Tech and we take serious pride in making our stadium too loud for opposing teams to win. Noise makes the crowd feel like they are part of the action and getting an opponent to false start is the ultimate win for the fans.
Todd Potter, Blacksburg
Your parents and I agree you should spend more time in the library and less time at Lane Stadium screaming for false starts. (Just kidding, Todd, yell yourself sick).
It would be one thing if the crowd was throwing stuff on the field, but they were making noise as they should be and have every right to do. Joe Gibbs has every right to encourage that. This was probably one of the dumbest statements I've ever read in The Post.
Neil Sandhu, Arlington
I've written dumber statements.