SNIDER: WFT is truly a bust


Big changes need to come to Ashburn.

Washington Football Team kicker Chris Blewitt should be the first to go after three blocked field goal attempts in his first two games. Quarterback Taylor Heinicke should return to the bench as Washington gives Kyle Allen a look. And, somebody needs to give coach Ron Rivera a stern lecture that this isn't a lifetime job.

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Oh, if only owner Dan Snyder wasn't on double secret probation. Heads would roll like the French Revolution after a 2-6 start.

Washington could have been 4-4 with some good luck. And, it could also be 0-8 entering the bye if not for a little bad luck.

This team is a big bunch of underachievers burdened by fans' over-expectations. This isn't like most years when nobody thought the team would crack .500. This was supposed to be a contender, yet doesn't even merit pretender status. When you're essentially eliminated from the playoffs as trick or treaters ring the doorbell at halftime, you stink.

And, Washington stinks. The real question is whether Rivera and his staff are the ones to remove it or are we waiting two years to start over again?

There's no one to fire Rivera for this epic 9-16 start that threatens to eclipse Steve Spurrier and Jim Zorn’s 12-20 seasons as the benchmark of awful. There's a real chance Rivera doesn't get three more wins despite a 17th game this season.

That's rock bottom.

Rivera said the decision not to draft a quarterback and changing kickers is on him. OK, then own it. Both were awful calls aided by a front office chosen by Rivera. There's no outside thinking and the inside calls aren't working. This year's draft looks mediocre. Despite five passers worth taking, Rivera opted to complete his 1985 Chicago Bears defensive knockoff by taking first-round linebacker Jamin Davis, whose biggest hit this season was a helmet-to-helmet penalty against Denver on Sunday. Last year's pick – Chase Young over Los Angeles quarterback Justin Herbert – is looking worse by the week.

So far, Rivera's personnel moves this year stink, especially when cutting kicker Dustin Hopkins, who the coach backed, right up to the moment Hopkins was backed off the property for a rookie with no experience and can't regularly get the ball more than six feet off the ground. Oh, this move will torment Rivera for the remainder of his time in Washington.

Even worse, the team looks lifeless. Where's the energy Rivera always mentions? The desire is more about getting paid on Monday than playing on Sunday. And even worse than that is no counter punching in a game. How often has the team reversed first-half woes?

FedUp Field is now visiting teams' paradise. It will be filled with Tom Brady fans when Washington returns from the bye on Nov. 14 against Tampa Bay. Same for Philadelphia and Dallas fans. And that Monday nighter versus Seattle on Nov. 29? Over/under is 20,000.

This is the worst of times if only because fans expected more and are now heartbroken, disgusted and moving on. If the crosstown Wizards are truly not a mirage at 5-1, they leap over Washington for fan attention.

At least a new name is coming. It might as well be mud.

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

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