By the USS Blogger Ray Rogers
While many maybe unfamiliar with the wildly popular faith based flick titled “Facing the Giants”, it has been said to have inspired millions since the film’s release in 2006. The film’s plot is centered around a struggling high school football program, that by faith in God turns a horrendous season that began with a 0 – 3 record into an unexpected title run which ends in a championship game versus a football powerhouse “the Giants”. In the film’s conclusion, the mighty Giants fall in defeat on a 51 yard game winning field goal. I highly recommend this film by the way. That brings us to the Washington Redskins. How fitting that the 0 -2 Redskins head to New York this coming week to face the NFL’s version of the Giants? The Giants are presently undefeated and the Redskins are in need of some miraculous changes.
Reports are already surfacing that the locker room is becoming disgruntle in regards to starting quarterback Kirk Cousin’s ability to lead this football team following Sunday’s loss to the Dallas Cowboys. Adding to concerns is Cousins’ performance in games played last season on the road against each New York based franchise. In week three of last season versus the Giants, Cousins was 30/49 on pass attempts netting 316 yards along with one touchdown and two interceptions. His performance three weeks later versus the New York Jets was even more dreadful with Cousins going 25/43 for 196 yards, and again one TD and two INT’s. Following that loss Cousins stated “If I start to doubt, I’m not going to ever get to the level I want to go”. What’s most concerning about this statement is the time of his comment being nearly one year ago because unfortunately to start this season we can quote DMV’s (DC, Maryland and Virginia) own Ginuwine in stating that it’s been the “same ol’ G” or shall I say same ol’ Kirk. Even more chilling was Redskins head coach Jay Gruden’s comments following the Jets loss which he alluded to Cousins not being at a stage in his career to carry a team with his arm.
Well coming into this season didn’t we all think he was closer to being that guy. It’s clear that the Redskins issues are wide spread. However, the quarterback is the main focal point just as he was during the team’s miraculous run to the NFC East title last season. There’s that word again, miraculous. Which presents the next set of questions: Can the Redskins upset the Giants on Sunday? The answer is simple. Of course they can. The next question is this, is Cousins capable of leading this team to a road victory in New York? The answer again is yes. The final question is can this franchise overcome past demons that frequently entails a media circus around non-football related issues? New York Giants linebacker and former Redskins Keenan Robinson recently stated “it’s the same old story” in reference to the reported state of the Redskins locker room. In my opinion, this is the biggest “Giant” of all that the Redskins will have to overcome. Why? Because the non-football related distractions surface all too frequently, but a team led by Redskins general manager Scot Mcloughan, Jay Gruden, and Cousins proved last season that they’re able to overcome all of that.