(WJLA) - Washington's football team has lost so many times over the past decade, and after yet another loss on Monday night, some fans are wondering if the once great franchise will rise again anytime soon.
Just one season removed from a surprising NFC East title, the Redskins' drubbing at the hands of San Francisco last night dropped the squad to 3-8 and virtually out of contention for a playoff spot.
Monday's nationally televised loss, to many, relegated the franchise and its fanbase to humiliation on its home field. It's leading many to lament to the long-gone days of Super Bowl contention.
"I have a house full of kids and we talk about John Riggins and the great days of the Washington Redskins, and they don't believe us," Redskins fan Joe Brennan said. "They don't believe the Redskins were ever a great football team."
Even the most faithful are finding it hard to restore faith after the painful loss. Last season at this time, the team and its fans were watching rookie Robert Griffin III electrify the NFL with his talents and the team surge toward the playoffs.
This year, Griffin is on the turf more often than not, and the team has plummeted to the bowels of the league standings. Some blame the players, some blame the coaches and many others blame management.
One fan, Gary Rushworth, thinks that it starts and ends with head coach Mike Shanahan.
"I think we should have a coaching change," Rushworth said of the Redskins' 5th-year head coach. "Start at the top and work our way down."
Meanwhile, others, like Tim Herbst, say that Griffin, who appears to be still recovering physically and mentally from offseason knee reconstruction, needs more protection.
"You've got to have a line that protects you," he said. "They should rest RG3 for the rest of the season."
It's almost fitting that Washington fans were greeted by a gloomy, rainy day on the morning after the team dropped to 3-8. With nearly all hopes for the postseason now dashed, frustrated fans are left to lament what's next.
"There's not really much you can do; you've got to play the season out," Redskins fan Bimion Miller said.
Washington will look to get back on the winning track on Sunday night, when the division rival New York Giants come to FedEx Field.