bulldog Posted December 29, 2001 Share Posted December 29, 2001 Riggins has been hard on the Redskins at times this season and I have had my disagreements with him on the performances of individual players and their potential with the team. However, after seeing this coaching staff in action, I am coming closer to endorsing John's position that while the Redskins may post 9-7, 10-6 or other such winning records under Marty, utimately this team is not going to become an elite/championship team because of the flaws evident in Marty's approach that limit the talent of the players on hand. I must not be the only one who watched this year's team with a slight feeling that it was a reprise of George Allen's teams of say 1975 or 1977. Play the field position game with defense and special teams. Run a no risk/no reward offense that limits mistakes. Wait for the opponent to give the game away on interceptions and fumbles. It's an old strategy. Chuck Knox, John Robinson, Bum Phillips and Mike Dita have followed the same one in various forms down through the years, often producing playoff teams but rarely finishing first. Marty has of course down likewise. While it is a truism that you can win a good share of games merely by not making mistakes and standing by watching other teams fail in their attempts to execute plays effectively (says something for the level of coaching overall, eh? ), you rarely defeat true contenders using that approach because they ARE capable of executing plays without making the killer mistakes. And then you are left looking at a 24-10 deficit in the third quarter with an offense that is not able to respond with any quick points or clutch time execution. And that is what has happened to Allen's teams and Marty's teams in the post-season. You won't ever really develop a quarterback in a system that is based on not making mistakes. You can teach a player to be more efficient in his mental preparation and game day decision-making but you choke off the creativity and growth ingredient when it becomes obsessive. With all the changes in the game since the 1970's favoring the offense and the passing game in particular, it seems to me it is self-defeating to not use that to your advantage. The teams that do win. The teams that do it well, win BIG. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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