Washington Wilts In Home Finale, Loses 17-0 To Division Rival Dallas

Jennifer JohnsonAnalyst IDecember 28, 2009

ATLANTA - NOVEMBER 08:  Head coach Jim Zorn of the Washington Redskins looks on during the game against the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on November 8, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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After another horrid offensive showing for the Washington Redskins, there is not much to be proud of if you are a fanatic such as myself.

Their woeful 2009 season reached critical mass with the thorough drubbing at the hands of our most hated rival, the playoff-bound Dallas Cowboys.

The Deadskins (4-11) lost in their regular season home finale in embarrassing fashion by the score of 17-0 in front of an announced crowd of 88,2211. They failed to score a single point, and the pass protection was once again nonexistent.

It is a familiar storyline that is not going to be rectified with another offseason shuffling of the roster. What will make this team better will be a consistent coaching philosophy that will cater to the talent that the player possesses.

It makes no sense to try and convert a pass rushing lineman into a disciplined run stopper.

A system works because the players believe in it. Too often I think the coaching staff has instituted a "play to lose" approach.

I have never watched a team get inside the 20-yard-line, and consistently run the ball as much as I have this year’s offense.

On first down, it is the ideal time to take your shot into the endzone.

So why Jim Zorn did you not help yourself by calling a high percentage go route to either corner? Was it lack of foresight? Was it a lack of trust in your quarterback to make a big-time play?

Campbell is not Joe Montana, but he can deliver a solid performance if given the tools with which to succeed.

Here are some in-game statistics between the former NFC East beasts that are cringe-worthy.

Washington finished the game 4-14 (29%) on third downs. That is not going to get the job done guys.

They also gained only 43 yards on the ground. If you become one-dimensional in the NFL, most defensive opponents will feast on you. And that’s what Dallas’ speedy defensive line did to Jason Campbell.

Dallas sacked Campbell three times and hurried him a total of eight times throughout the shellacking. He went 24 for 39 for 199 yards with one interception.

Former Atlanta linebacker, and current Cowboy, Keith Brooking was salivating through his helmet to get his shot at the punch-drunk passer. And his career has been built on tackling players for short gains. He has never been a pass rusher by reputation.

His counterpart, the emerging December dynamo, Tony Romo was consistent, albeit imperfect.

Romo completed 25 of 38 passing attempts for 286 yards. He threw one touchdown and was intercepted once. The Cowboys (10-5) entered the redzone only three times, but scored two touchdowns resulting in all the scoring the team would need against their inferior opposition.

Redskins’ head coach Jim Zorn is a man up poo-poo’s creek without a paddle.

"Did we even get into the redzone?" asked a miffed Zorn. "Their front four beat us. We couldn’t mount any consistency with our offense. That was the big story for us."

There is always something that this team does poorly that prevents them from sealing the win.

Earlier, in the season Washington lost three straight games by a margin of seven points. If they could learn to play a full sixty minutes, and find a team identity than the losses will turn into wins.

It is much too hard to analyze the problems within this once mighty organization in one article.

The Redskins have one final test left to prove to their loyal followers that they still respect the game.

We have not quit on you, so please do not quit on us.