The Redskins have a deeply rooted problem they can't escape: Their fans aren't showing up to home games, and it's not because they're watching at home.
Chad Dukes of 106.7 The Fan says the Redskins missed an opportunity "to show the fanbase that you acknowledge how bad it is" by making a drastic change on Monday.
"Here's why I say you needed to do something drastic," Dukes said. "It's never been this bad, as far as your television, and it's never been this bad as far as your attendance."
Dukes says that, while quality of the games needs to be taken into account – with two teams still competing for the division, in the Cowboys and Eagles, going up against two teams that are no longer (Redskins-Giants) – Washington's fourth-straight loss still provided the perfect opportunity "to show the fanbase you are not tone deaf, that you realize how dire the situation is."
"You've got two coordinators on this team with head coaching experience – (Bill) Callahan, of course, (Jim) Tomsula," he continued. "You've got guys that can go in there, know the personnel, can take over for the next couple of weeks. Which, by the way, don't matter anyway. You're doomed.
"For me, it wouldn't have been to satiate a bloodlust from the fanbase. It would have been just to show, 'Hey, we acknowledge how bad yesterday was, and it's unacceptable. And because of that, we're gonna take some fairly drastic actions.' I like Greg Manusky. Seems like a good dude. I'm sure he'd be a fine defensive coordinator someplace else. That's who would have gone. He would be not employed today."
"They say, 'Well look at how many defensive coordinators Jay Gruden's already had.' Yeah, I think we all know Jay's time is going to come at the beginning of this year," Dukes said. "By the way, I forgot they gave him the (two-year) extension. That hasn't even kicked in yet. You're gonna have to pay his ass out. He'll be laughing all the way to the bank. And God bless him. I like Jay. A lot of what's going on here isn't his fault. But the changes, they be coming. Regardless.
"Today, you missed an opportunity to show the fanbase that you acknowledge how bad it is, you acknowledge that you see the empty stadium. Oh, I'm sorry; the stadium filled with the blue wave. You acknowledge that you see the horrible television ratings."