- The Washington Times - Friday, November 6, 2009

I apologize, too.

Not that another apology will help the Redskins.

There is just no helping them.

Dan Snyder issues an apology one day, Clinton Portis the next.

That also was Portis throwing the team’s best downfield block of the season, this one on behalf of Snyder, the little owner who could not.

The team’s 2-5 record is on the players, Portis said, not the owner.

Portis need not worry.

There is plenty of criticism to cover everyone, from the owner to the players to the sign police.

Teams that stick together apparently apologize together, for what it is worth during this excruciating season.

It is not worth much in the view of Gilbert K. Chesterton, a noted English writer.

“A stiff apology is a second insult,” he said. “The injured party does not want to be compensated because he has been wronged; he wants to be healed because he has been hurt.”

The fans of this wreck of a franchise are hurting in the worst way.

If they could, they would fire the owner.

Vinny Cerrato would be next on their hit list.

Alas, signs attesting to that have been banned inside the bowl by the Beltway.

The shots keep coming anyway, some shots counting more than others. John Riggins, the legendary former running back of the Redskins, turned away in horror after peering deep inside Snyder’s inner being.

Appearing on Showtime’s “Inside the NFL” on Wednesday night, Riggins said: “This is a bad guy that owns this team. I’ll just tell you that upfront. Bad guy. And if the commissioner is worried about potential new owners and saying some of these guys shouldn’t apply, he might want to police his own inside guys.”

A bad guy or bad owner?

Analyst Cris Collinsworth wanted to be clear on that.

“Let me put it to you this way, Cris: This person’s heart is dark,” Riggins said.

Asked whom he would hire as coach if he were the general manager, Riggins said: “I can’t answer your question realistically, because I couldn’t be the general manager with that ownership in place. I said I had an ax to grind. The ax to grind is that people need to know if you are going to go to these games and support this team, that money goes in this person’s pocket. And you know what, bad guys shouldn’t be enriched.”

That sounds like a call to boycott the games.

The team’s beleaguered fans are dumping their tickets as it is.

Or sticking brown grocery bags over their heads.

Or channeling Howard Beale in “Network.”

They’re as mad as hell, and they’re not going to take this anymore.

Snyder is not just a “bad guy” in Riggins’ view.

“This person knows nothing about football,” he said. “Absolutely nothing.”

So Snyder is a bad guy with a dark heart and knows nothing about football.

At least Riggins did not accuse Snyder of being possessed.

The team’s mood is not expected to improve, not with a genuine opponent up next instead of a bye.

The Redskins have nine remaining games to incriminate the owner, Cerrato and themselves. They might even surprise everyone and win one of the nine. Two more wins would warrant a downtown parade and keys to the city.

With all the apologizing and back and forth, Jim Zorn, the outgoing holder of the red challenge flag, is being largely ignored.

He may not be the solution. But he is not the problem either.

And no one would suggest he is a bad guy who has a dark heart.

He is just destined to be one of the fall guys.

That is how it goes with the Redskins.

Snyder and Cerrato sign a big-name free agent in the offseason but neglect the offensive line in their excitement and blame it on the outgoing holder of the red challenge flag.

It is a sorry situation all right.

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