SNIDER: Eagles owned FedEx from field to stands

Rick Snider
December 30, 2018 - 7:52 pm
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It was even more of a disaster than expected.

Some 90 percent of the crowd favored the Philadelphia Eagles. They roamed the concourse chanting E-A-G-L-E-S while singing “Fly Eagles Fly” from the stands. They drowned out the Washington Redskins quarterback and celebrated making the playoffs after winning 24-0 on Sunday.

But, this all happened at FedEx Field.

For once, there was a decent crowd. Maybe the season’s most in reaching the low 50,000s. But, there weren’t 10,000 Redskins fans at the season-finale. The stadium was nearly green throughout. They owned the place.

Welcome to the Linc South.

The Eagles owned the field. The Redskins defense allowed a near 12-minute touchdown drive in the second quarter. The offense barely finished in the black in total yardage. But the only action in Washington’s end zone was a marriage proposal during a time out.

Sorry Washington, but no free toppings on your New Year’s Eve pizza. Forget Crust Monday. Welcome to the Crust Offseason.

What’s it going to take to wake up owner Dan Snyder to the rock-bottom mess that this franchise has become? The town has abandoned the team. A half-century love affair has reached the death-to-we-part phase.

Snyder should be embarrassed. Instead, he’ll probably fire more ticket sellers. Maybe the parking people, too, for not luring more cars into the stadium.

But the Eagles nest in Landover won’t be a wakeup call to someone with blinders. Team president Bruce Allen looks to be back. Even a potential position change to business-side only won’t fool fans. Either Allen leaves or nothing changes from his nine years of franchise decay.

There probably won’t be a new coach or shiny first-round quarterback to lure fans back next season, either. The team doesn’t even have enough cap room to sign a marketable free agent passer.  A 7-9 season with 25 players on injured reserve doesn’t seem so bad until remembering the Redskins were once 6-3.

Welcome to the offseason where even hope no longer comes to Washington.

 

Rick Snider has covered Washington sports since 1978. Follow him on Twitter @Snide_Remarks.