Thursday, April 2, 2009

Just Say No! (To Whiny Douchebags)

The Washington Redskins are trying to make my head explode.

If the mess surrounding the whole Albert Haynesworth thing wasn't bad enough (oh, and look! It just got messier!), reports are saying that the Skins are now actively pursuing disgruntled Broncos quarterback Jay Cutler.

Anyone with half a brain that has watched the Redskins with Jason Campbell at quarterback could tell you that he is not to blame for the team's offensive struggles. The people who say he isn't good enough either aren't paying attention or don't understand football.

That being said, I do think that Jay Cutler is a better quarterback than Campbell (I almost said JC, but look at the initials for both... that's funny). But will Cutler make the Redskins a better team? No. It's a matter of the personnel we put around him. We have made an upgrade at one spot on the o-line, but still have depth issues. And our wide receivers simply are not getting it done. As much as I love Santana, he is likely a No. 2 receiver on most NFL teams. Randle-El is at best a 3rd or 4th WR. Devin Thomas needs to improve so teams can stop keying in on Cooley and taking him out of the game. Basically, teams around the league figured out that if you double Santana and deny Cooley aggressively and make the Skins beat you with somebody else, we can't do it. Until someone steps up or another weapon is added, I'd expect Cutler to have the same problems.

The Player Hater's Ball shares my sentiments, and what I hope are the sentiments of most Redskins fans:

If the 'Skins get that double-chinned, crybaby douchebag, I may have to reconsider my support of the team. (And they're likely going to. When's the last time the Redskins didn't get a player they wanted? Lance Briggs?) He's a whiner. He's a child. He looks like a goober. His defenders says he's a great quarterback with a shoddy defense, but I'm pretty sure Denver's defense didn't throw those 18 interceptions last year. And the gaudy numbers (4,200 yards, 24 TDs) he put up last year came, in large part, to an offensive line that only gave up 11 sacks. With the 'Skins front-five, Cutler would surpass that number by October.

Finally, what does this say about our priorities? Jason has responded to these reports with the utmost class and professionalism. We're willing to pull the plug on him after 4 years (a guy hand-picked by Joe Gibbs himself) in favor of a guy who cried when he didn't get his way, requested a trade and refused to return Josh McDaniels or Pat Bowlen's calls for 10 days & running now?

Again, the PHB says it better than I ever could have said it myself:

More importantly, Cutler is a sulking whiner who pissed and moaned his way out of Denver because he was too immature to understand that sometimes NFL teams try to trade players. Sure, Josh McDaniels handled himself equally as unprofessionally (I'm sure he learned that from Bill Belichick), but Cutler is supposed to be a man. He's supposed to be a leader. And a man doesn't stomp his foot and refuse to play simply because there was a business decision made that he doesn't like.

So, Skins fans, Who Dey Revolution much?

UPDATE: (5:54pm) Oh thank god! Cutler traded to the Bears for a rather foolish hefty amount. Whew! That was a close one! Jason Campbell, you'll get your chance to prove the haters wrong next year in a Redskins uniform, where you belong.


  1. well said. This is unbelievable at first glance, but then you remember that it's the redskins we're talking about...

  2. From This morning:
    "I was surprised they decided to trade me this soon," Cutler told "I didn't want to get traded. This wasn't me. They [the Broncos] had been going back and forth saying things, wanting me to be their quarterback and then they didn't.

    "I really didn't want this. I love Denver. I really like my teammates. I didn't want it to get this far."

    That's all well and good, but MAYBE YOU SHOULD ANSWER YOUR PHONE THEN!

    To trade a guy like Campbell for a someone like this is too much to take. And I'm sure our organization's constant free agent bullshiting and revolving door styles of offense will be just what Jay's fragile ego needs.

    Also, Anyone with half a brain that has watched the Redskins with Jason Campbell at quarterback could tell you that he is not to blame for the team's offensive struggles. The people who say he isn't good enough either aren't paying attention or don't understand football.

    That point cannot be emphasized enough. Like someone making the Hillary superdelgates argument last year, anyone making that case loses their credibility permanently. I'd say that means I should stay out of the skins insider comments, but the poll earlier today actually had 70% for keeping Campbell over Cutler! Maybe there is hope for our own Who Dey revolution after all?

    If we end up landing Cutler, I'll start the site, because there would be a constant need to positively channel rage at our organization.

    Any ideas on a good name?

  3. You know, I picked up most of what I know about football from living with you guys/Luke and watching redskins games, so they're definitely up there as far as football teams I like.
    But I have to say, shit like this makes me glad I live within walking distance of M&T bank (Ravens) stadium, and can therefore legitimately claim allegiance to another team.

  4. Is there a way to set up a public trust and buy an ownership interest in the team?? Maybe get some of that sweet AIG bailout money to finance??

  5. what pissed me off most was the offer FOR DRAFTPICKS!!!!


  6. I am supremely happy that Cutler did not go to the Skins. Nothing surprises me with Snyder and Cerrato anymore though, so I was definitely sweating the rumors all day.

  7. As a Bears fan my first thought was, this is April 1st, right? Cutler's a punk but this is pretty great-- the Bears always screw up their first round picks anyway

  8. i think the deal makes a lot more sense for Chicago. the Bears were obviously not set on Orton at qb, whereas the Skins have no need to dump Campbell, just an egomaniacal owner with zero football IQ.

    also, the Bears franchise is a, you know, well-run organization. the Redskins are, um, NOT! Chicago isn't that far off from having a division-winning squad & and i think Cutler gives them needed stability at qb, which the Redskins had no need to upgrade.