WASHINGTON — Way back in Nov. 2013, after the Redskins had fallen to 3-7, The Sports Junkies held a funeral service over 106.7 The Fan’s airwaves to eulogize then-coach Mike Shanahan’s time in D.C.
Six losses later, Shanahan was fired.
The Junkies held a similar service for quarterback Robert Griffin III a year later, almost to the day, by welcoming Redskins fans into their studio to hammer nails into an actual coffin — the figurative end to the beloved quarterback’s career in Washington.
After all, the Redskins had just fallen to 3-7 after losing to the 1-8 Buccaneers. Griffin, in his second year coming off major knee surgery, clearly wasn’t the same quarterback as in 2012, and would play only five more games for the Redskins before sitting out all of 2015.
It was “Kirk’s team” from then on out, although we wouldn’t learn that until the following August.
With the Redskins off to an 0-2 start, having dropped consecutive home games to the Steelers and Cowboys, respectively, they have many fans wondering if, after only two games, the 2016 season is doomed.
A road loss next week to the Giants would certainly spell dire circumstances, and would only heighten hysteria while further dampening hopes of the Redskins repeating as division champs. If Cousins continues to play at his current level, the Junkies say they’re not opposed to dusting off that old coffin and putting a nail in his Redskins career.
“Where did the coffin wind up? We need to track down the coffin,” John Auville said Monday morning. “Because we may have to bury the 2016 season. If they lose to the Giants, officially dead and buried.”
“And I’m not afraid to bury Kirk,” said Eric Bickel. “And I’m a Kirk supporter, but if he plays poorly all year, I mean by Week 12 or something, we’ll bury him. I have no problem doing that. I’ll dig a big hole and bury him.”
“I mean we buried Shanahan and RGIII in the past,” said Auville. “We’re not above burying Kirk if he regresses.”
“Yeah, next man up,” Bickel said. “Next man up.”
“Is Sunday his biggest game as a pro?” Jason Bishop wondered.
“It’s one of them,” Auville assessed.
“I think the Tampa game was bigger last year,” John-Paul Flaim said. “The Tampa game with the bye coming up.”
“Okay, but he wasn’t the $20-million player then,” Bishop said.
“Yeah, but he had six touchdowns and eight picks,” Flaim noted. “It would have been over.”
What will they be saying by Week 12?