- The Washington Times - Monday, December 28, 2009

It’s just another morose Monday in the D.C. area. The Redskins completed their fourth losing home season in the past eight years with a 17-0 loss to the archrival Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night.

The Redskins dropped to 6-17 since a 6-2 start in coach Jim Zorn’s debut season of 2008.

They have been outscored 62-12 by the Cowboys and New York Giants in two NFC East home games since Bruce Allen was named general manager Dec. 17. The Allen/Name That Coach era can’t start soon enough.

Q: How embarrassing is it for the Redskins to go winless in the NFC East?

A: Considering Philadelphia and Dallas are in the playoffs and the Giants are 8-7, it’s no disgrace to lose to those teams. But losing all of your division home games is the sign of a truly bad team. The Redskins hadn’t managed that “feat” since 1994, when rookie coach Norv Turner was rebuilding with kid quarterbacks Heath Shuler and Gus Frerotte.

Q: I don’t even remember the last time the Redskins were shut out. Quite a way for Zorn to wind up his home coaching career, huh?

A: The Redskins hadn’t been blanked since a 36-0 loss at the Giants on Oct. 30, 2005, and they hadn’t been whitewashed at home since a 27-0 whipping by the Cowboys on Dec. 14, 2003. This is the first time in the rivalry’s 50-year history that the Redskins have failed to score a touchdown in both games against the Cowboys.

Q: How did bad boy Albert Haynesworth behave Sunday night?

A: Six days after criticizing the Redskins’ lack of direction and two days after being sent home before practice by Zorn for being late to a team meeting, Haynesworth made a point of being the first to greet the offensive starters when they were announced before the game. Haynesworth didn’t have a big impact on the field - except for the first series of the second half, when he stopped Marion Barber cold (with help from Lorenzo Alexander and H.B. Blades) on third-and-1 and fourth-and-1 to give the ball back to Washington’s offense.

Q: How was Shaun Suisham greeted upon his return to FedEx Field?

A: Suisham was roundly booed when he trotted onto the field for the game’s first extra point. The most accurate kicker in team history was cut Dec. 8, just two days after missing a 23-yard field goal attempt that would have sealed an upset of then-unbeaten New Orleans.

Q: How come the Redskins can’t get a decent punt returner?

A: It’s amazing how terrible their otherwise fine special teams are at returning punts. The Redskins came in averaging a measly 3.5 yards a return, and then DeAngelo Hall fumbled his second return of the year out of bounds in the second quarter after Santana Moss had most of a nice return wiped out by a holding call on Rock Cartwright. As for usual punt returner Antwaan Randle El, he’s better off left unmentioned.

Q: What happened to one of my new favorite Redskins, former 400-pounder Mike Williams?

A: In yet another change on the offensive line, the right guard limped off the field with a toe injury and was replaced by Will Montgomery. Williams has started the past four games at the spot where Randy Thomas, Chad Rinehart (both done for the year), Edwin Williams and Montgomery also have started.

Q: How is Reed Doughty?

A: The tough-as-nails hustler was hurt on the first interception of his four-year career. He lunged to make the grab and then collided with Miles Austin and Doug Free in front of the Washington bench after a 13-yard return. Doughty’s right ankle buckled, and he was carted off the field. Don’t look for him to play in Sunday’s season finale.

Q: Speaking of safeties, LaRon Landry got burned for yet another big play. Can’t he cover anyone?

A: This time, Landry wasn’t beaten downfield. Tight end Jason Witten got past Landry at the line of scrimmage, grabbed Tony Romo’s pass in stride and outran the safety for a 69-yard gain that set up Dallas’ second touchdown.

Q: Any chance the Redskins avoid their first 12-loss season since 1994 by upsetting the Chargers next week?

A: Possibly - but only because San Diego has clinched a first-round bye and has nothing to play for. But Turner isn’t going to take it easy on a team owned by Dan Snyder, who fired him nine years ago with the Redskins at 7-6.

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