“I felt like we were rolling,” Zorn said. “We lost all the momentum.”
Sellers’ gaffe joins Pete Kendall’s Regrettable Reception - the one that resulted in a fumble that cost the Redskins the Rams game - as the two most disastrous plays of the season. And they were freaks, really, the kind of plays that come up about as often as a solar eclipse.
There’s no escaping the fact, though, that the Snydermen have now lost to two of the worst teams in the league, teams that have gone a combined 2-23-1 in their other games. That’s why, “when you look back at it after the season, there’ll be a lot of soul-searching,” London Fletcher said. “A play here, a play there and things might have been different.”
For the Redskins’ brain trust, Dan Snyder and Vinny Cerrato, that soul-searching may already have begun. Do they keep the coach if the club finishes 1-7 in the second half of the season? Do they stay with the quarterback who contributed to that 1-7 finish? So many difficult questions loom.
Then there’s this uncomfortable truth: In their biggest game of the year, a virtual elimination game as far as the playoff picture is concerned, the Redskins couldn’t match the intensity level of a 1-11-1 team. If that doesn’t have Dan and Vinny crying in their eggnog, nothing will.
Dan Daly has been writing about sports for the Washington Times since 1982. He has won numerous national and local awards, appears regularly in NFL Films’ historical features and is the co-author of “The Pro Football Chronicle,” a decade-by-decade history of the game. Follow Dan on Twitter at @dandalyonsports –- or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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