Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Why is there so much angst among Skins fans?
By Dan Graziano
Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley
Let's face it: The Redskins have one of the most frustrated fan bases in the league right now, and a lot of that has to do with their past success.
Longtime Beast and Hashmarks enthusiast Dan Steinberg of the D.C. Sports Bog looked at some numbers this morning that illustrate just how agonizing things have been over the past decade or so.
- Here's what other teams in the division have done since the Redskins last won an NFC East title. Eagles: five division titles, two wild cards, 10-7 in the playoffs, one NFC title. Giants: Three NFC East titles, three wild cards, 6-5 playoff record, two NFC titles, one Super Bowl title. Cowboys: One NFC title, two wild cards, 0-3 in the playoffs. Redskins: Two wild cards, 1-2 in the playoffs.
- It's been nine years since the Redskins hosted a playoff game, which is the fourth-longest drought in the league. The Redskins have also gone 18 years since winning a Super Bowl, which is the seventh-longest gap for a team owning a world title.
- I think there would be even more angst had the Cowboys won a playoff game in the past 13 years. Redskins fans dislike/hate the Cowboys more than any team in the division. I think fans have taken some solace in the fact that the Cowboys have gone through a similar drought. But it still feels like the Redskins are the most dysfunctional team in the division. Is that fair to say?