The Failure That Was the Redskins' Swinging Gate
And it probably wasn't that close.
There is perhaps no play that better illustrates the futility of the Redskins than their final snap before the halftime break.
Yeah, that's the punter, Hunter Smith, heaving a desperation pass toward the end zone out of the swinging gate. The ESPN announcing crew was at a loss for words as the play was happening, and still confused after the madness had ended. The performance by the Redskins was probably the first thing Jon Gruden didn't love this season.
"What in the wide world was that?" ESPN announcer Mike Tirico inquired as the Giants picked off Smith's pass.
"I've never seen that, and I hope I never see it again," Gruden added once the play came to a close and the Redskins were booed off the field by their home fans.
Ron Jaworski could muster only, "I'm speechless."
If I didn't know any better I'd say that was Jim Zorn pulling a George Costanza and attempting to get himself fired. His next move? Dragging the Redskins' Vince Lombardi trophies around the parking lot of FedEx Field behind his car.