Redskins cancel military flyover in final home game

Brian Tinsman
December 30, 2018 - 5:22 pm
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Evidence of the Washington Redskins' front office shakeup was apparent at the game on Sunday, in several obvious ways.

First, the Redskins canceled the military flyover that had happened at every home game this season and scrubbed any reference of them from the game day program (H/T Jake Russell):

It's unclear why flyovers are no longer part of the pregame script.

The Redskins have sporadically used flyovers during the National Anthem in the past during big games, the annual military appreciation game, and other applicable times. In September, 106.7 The Fan learned that making this a regular part of the National Anthem at FedExField was a season-long commitment from the team. The idea was originally discussed by Brian Lafemina, but it was unclear who pitched the idea within the organization.

Now, with Lafemina fired this week, we have a pretty good idea.

Part of the rationale around the military flyovers was likely to help alleviate pressure around the National Anthem protests of recent years. If players are protesting the anthem, give fans something else to look at. That turned out to be a nonstory in 2018, which could be another reason that the team ended the practice.

In addition to ceasing flyovers, the Redskins also did away with individual player introductions running out of the tunnel. Instead, the team was introduced as a unit, something that has been preferred under team President Bruce Allen, and was greeted at FedExField with a symphony of boos from opposing Eagles fans:

For comparison's sake, this was the sound of Eagles coach Doug Pederson coming onto the field:

Just another low point in another lost season.

 

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