Coming up on a week into training camp, it’s not any surprise that one of the biggest storylines of the early part of the 2018 training camp for the Washington Redskins camp is the early results of the “Alex Smith era”.
Now that i’ve walked myself off the ledge of “WHY THE HELL DIDN’T WE DRAFT DERWIN JAMES, A NEAR CONSENSUS TOP-7 PLAYER IN THE NFL DRAFT!?!?,” I can calmly and rationally say the following things about the Washington Redskins’ selection of defensive tackle Da’Ron Payne from the University of Alabama.
As a Redskins fan, we’ve gotten used to the idea of turning off a football game way earlier than expected when this team plays on Monday Night Football, because we can’t take any more of the humiliation on national television.
On January 9th, 2014, the Washington Redskins hired Jay Gruden to succeed Mike Shanahan as head coach. Gruden, a sought-after coach, cut his teeth through the coaching ranks to finally step out of his brother’s shadow.
Remember when we were all comforting ourselves with ideas like “it’s just the preseason” and “the coaching staff is deliberately keeping things vanilla” and “it’s way too early to hit the panic button?”