The coach didn’t want to play the what-if game, knowing it could haunt him. It will haunt Jim Zorn anyway.
With the Redskins now playing more for future employment, they can look back on numerous missed chances to be playing for something greater.
“We’ve had opportunities,” Redskins running back Rock Cartwright said.
No kidding. Actually, they’ve had quite a few. And, with proper execution, their reality entering December would be much different.
However, the reality also is this: good teams find a way to win; bad teams find ways to lose. And the 3-8 Redskins found ways to lose even before the injuries mounted.
Here are some key failed sequences:
The goal line vs. Detroit » The Redskins drove downfield with ease on their first possession and faced a first-and-goal from the Lions’ 9-yard line. Three plays later they had a fourth-and-goal from the 1. They ran left. But lead blocker Mike Sellers went to the wrong hole, a big reason Clinton Portis failed to score.
The stop served to inspire lowly Detroit. The Lions drove 99 yards for their own touchdown. And the Redskins never recovered. Good teams do.
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