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Sep 7, 2008, 2:34 AM EST

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I don’t intend to make this into a media critic blog or anything like that, but the media coverage of the Redskins is a topic that seems to be of interest to many of the readers here, judging from the hit counts and comments that posts about the media generate. So, here’s one more quick word on the Washington Post’s coverage of the Redskins.

This time, it’s kudos—sort of.

George Solomon, the paper’s former sports editor and current Sunday-only columnist, wrote of the overblown, negative reaction to loss to the Giants. First he reiterated the team’s sins of commission and omission in the Meadowlands and then he talks about some of the coverage of it:

“This is a playoff team?” asked John Riggins of his cranky cohorts Andy Pollin and Kevin Sheehan. “I see a mushroom cloud of goo.”

Pollin added: “They got nothing from their draft picks.”

Of Zorn’s debut, Riggins said: “Jim Zorn has underestimated what it takes to be a head coach.”

“Jim Zorn is in over his head,” Mitchell said after the game. “His team was not prepared.”

(Note: it’s a good thing that Dan Snyder owns the station and controls the message. Those guys might really have let loose otherwise.)

After quoting Riggins, Pollin and the king of cranky, Brian Mitchell, Solomon asks the question:

All this after one game against a championship team? We have a mushroom cloud of goo hanging over the city? The coach in over his head? The quarterback at risk?

Welcome to the NFL — that, according to old coaches, stands for “Not For Long.” But not for long has to be longer than one game, or one season, without the fans or front office hitting the panic button and googling Bill Cowher’s name.

He then reminds the reader of Joe Gibbs’ 0-5 start in 1981 and we all know how that turned out.

Good for George Solomon for preaching that some degree of patience is in order here. Apparently, however, it doesn’t seem that he reads his own newspaper.

He didn’t have to transcribe the Red Zebra broadcast to find nattering nabobs of negativity. All he had to do was read Jenkins, Carpenter, and LaCanfora in the Washington Post to find a rush to judgment about the Zorn era.

Still, that detracts just slightly from Solomon larger point of it being way too early to hit the panic button. He just needs to go down the hall and suggest that to the current sports editor.

  1. Anonymous - Sep 7, 2008 at 1:57 PM

    Amen! I can not stand reading articles from the POSt anymore. Not that I think the Skins did a great job on Thurs. But the POSt makes it way too obvious with their hate agenda time and time again… it’s such an old act already.

  2. Anonymous - Sep 7, 2008 at 11:12 PM

    Redskins are not the only team looking pretty bad this week:

    Eagles 38 Rams 3
    Steelers 38 Texans 17
    Bills 34 Seahawks 10
    Cowboys 28 Browns 10

    So, the Redskins are not the only team that had a rotten start. I suppose I could say misery loves company, but that is no my point. My point is this is one game and hopefully the Redskins will start finding their way in week 2 and getting themselves back on track. Coach Zorn says that everything he saw on tape could be fixed. Let’s hope he can do it!

  3. Anonymous - Sep 8, 2008 at 4:06 AM

    yup.. but two of the teams that crushed opponents are the eagles and cowboys. we figure to see some of them this year, right ?

    and 2 of the teams that won were the falcons and ravens.. both had rookie head coaches and raw rookie qb’s playing and winning in their debuts.

    now, i realize that one game does not a season or a career make, and both could end up finishing 1-15 with qb ratings of 50.. but to those who say it takes years to become a quality nfl starter at qb,
    and that campbell deserves more and more time to mature and learn zorn’s system before we can expect winning….well, maybe for him it does.. and maybe zorn should be doing what harbaugh and smith did
    ( both defensive based coaches, i believe).
    pare the system down, put the ball in the hands of your best runner and dont make your inexperienced qb have to beat someone. brilliant !!

    after waiting through shuler, ramsey and now campbell i am simply sick to death of this kind of excuse making for crappy qb play.

    next week we can watch brees play qb and wonder what it would be like to have a young veteran qb who actually “gets it.”

    just disgusting…

  4. Rich Tandler - Sep 8, 2008 at 9:54 AM

    Glad you mentioned Brees. He struggled mightily for three years but the Chargers were rewarded for their patience when he had his breakout season after three years and 27 starts. Campbell has three seasons and 20 starts under his belt.

    As for the two rookies, do you think there’s a chance that Campbell would have looked better if he was playing at home against Detroit or Cincinnati rather than on the road against the Super Bowl champs?

  5. Anonymous - Sep 8, 2008 at 1:23 PM

    Anonymous #2, you took the words right out of my mouth. While reflecting on the days results, I also noted that Giants/Eagles/Cowboys are all division rivals and all 3 had very good first games. Worrisome for sure, but hopefully the Redskins will rise to the challenge and not end up as a doormat in the division.

    Also noted that yesterday was the first time in a long time when 2 rookie quarterbacks won on opening day in their first game (Flacco and Ryan).

    Also noted that 4th year QB Kyle Orton looked very sharp. JC should look so good.

    Final thought about Redskin QB picks. I too have been disappointed in the likes of Shuler, Green, and Ramsey. Green in particular because he actually became a good QB after he left the Skins. Ramsey too has had some success post Redskins. I am still willing to be patient with JC though. New coaches, new offensive scheme, etc. We need to give the guy a chance to show what he is capable of. One game is not a true measure. Let’s see where we stand in week 4 before we pass judgement.

  6. Anonymous - Sep 8, 2008 at 6:38 PM

    you think that campbell looks ready to “break out?” he has progressively looked worse and worse with each preseason/regular game.

    let’s see what he can go with 2 less than potent defenses that new orleans and arizona have.. and he is at home, so there should be little excuse forthcoming..

  7. Mark Newgent - Sep 10, 2008 at 12:05 PM

    As a Maryland Republican, thanks for the nattering nabobs of negativity line.

  8. Rich Tandler - Sep 10, 2008 at 12:23 PM

    Thanks, Mark, even though we’re probably two of the half dozen or do people out there who are familiar with the line. :-)

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