October 21, 2010

Synaptic Shotgun 10.21.10 - Da Bears, Some Dude, Norval, Viva

Occasional, recurring short-form posts about
the Washington Redskins, NFL and maybe even Life.
Almost like a blog.

Six games into the 2010 season, the Redskins are 3-3, one game out of first place in the NFC East and heading to Chicago to play the Bears. Transition year (new Redskins regime) or not, it's a Big Game.

Win on Sunday, and the happy vibes and upward trend in DC continue as the Redskins stay in the thick of early playoff position jostling. Lose, and the darkness of doubt settles in again as the team dips back below .500, and all the same old questions and demons Washington fans have become so accustomed to come a'calling.

Like I said.  Big.

Weird thing about the Bears these days though. It's hard to get a good mental image of this game. When I think about the Redskins at Chicago I still conjure smashmouth. Monster defense, power running game, faceless quarterbacking, icy wind off the lake and SOLDIER FIELD.

I'm struggling to shift gears and envision the Flying Martz Circus, baby-faced, lazy-eyed gunslinging quarterback Jay Cutler and this shiny thing passing as Soldier Field:

Hey, call me curmudgeon, but this is Redskins at Chicago:

And this.

This, not so much:

The new Redskins, Bears and Soldier Field have work to do.

Chicago Bears Fans Predictions. Think Redskins fans are tough on their team? Check out the general tone and prediction tendency on this thread on the official 4-2 Bears' team message board.

● One last word about the Indianapolis Colts. Do you know this man?

Just asking.  'Cuz I'm not sure I would out of context.

No disrespect intended, and yes I know you don't get the NFL head coach gig for nothing, but seriously—if there is a list somewhere of Luckiest Men in America, that fine gentleman makes the top 10. You already know why.

This man.

The Turner Zone - Revisited

Yes, it's been ten years since Norv Turner "coached" the Redskins. No, I have not forgotten or forgiven the nicest guy to ever suck the life out of a franchise for it.

At least he doesn't play favorites ... the Redskins aren't the only team to fall for his bedroom eyes. I mean it must be the eyes right? Damn sure wasn't the voice, demeanor or inspiration. Click If You Dare.

At any rate...call it schadenfreude, call it beating un caballo muerte, call it emotional pscyhotherapy. Just don't call it a surprise.

San Diego Chargers Should Fire Head Coach Norv Turner and GM A.J. Smith

Turner and Smith have driven the Chargers into the ground.

Ever since Norv Turner took over the San Diego Chargers, they’ve started very slowly. More specifically, they’ve started 2-3 all four years he’s been the head coach. But this year, they’ve dropped to 2-4 after an unimpressive loss to the St. Louis Rams.

This team is far too talented for that type of start. They’ve turned it around the past three seasons and made the playoffs, but the result has steadily gotten worse and worse.

In 2007, the Chargers showed up in the AFC Championship game. The next year, They only made it to the divisional round. And last season, the Chargers dropped their game in the divisional round to the New York Jets after earning a first-round bye.

And now, in 2010, the Chargers can’t get out of their own way and are currently sitting at a putrid 2-4.

Again, there’s no reason for a team this talented to perform this poorly. They’re losing on mental mistakes and showing a complete lack of discipline — something the head coach must take responsibility for.

It can’t be a coincidence that the more and more Turner is able to get his hands on this team, the worse and worse they perform. As my dad put it to me recently, Norv Turner is quickly coaching the Chargers to mediocrity...

● Sometimes the universe gets it right. It's important to take notice.

Viva Chile.

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