When the information broke that the DEA had raided the Washington Soccer Group’s headquarters in Ashburn in connection to a federal probe involving crew coach Ryan Vermillion, the group issued an announcement that mentioned the coach was positioned on administrative depart “as a result of an ongoing prison investigation that’s unrelated to the crew.”
Perhaps they might use a variation of that distancing to elucidate Sunday’s 33-22 loss to the New Orleans Saints — one thing like “the loss to the Saints at FedEx Area is unrelated to the crew.”
They’d like to distance themselves from investigations and soccer losses and all of the failures and embarrassments which have come to outline the Dan Snyder possession, however they appear incapable of doing so.
This was alleged to be coach Ron Rivera’s tradition change. However Vermillion, one of many first individuals he dropped at Washington from Carolina, now seems to be the topic of a federal investigation related to the distribution of prescribed drugs, in keeping with NBC Sports activities Washington. And ESPN reported Saturday that assistant coach Doug Quan has additionally been placed on administrative depart.
Rivera used phrases like “disappointing” and “pissed off” Sunday whereas chatting with reporters — not concerning the DEA probe, however his crew’s mistake-filled efficiency on the sphere of their loss to the Saints.
It’s all associated to the crew, sadly.
The tradition change is reeling, on the sphere and off, and so they simply can’t appear to cover from the dysfunctional world that consumes every little thing within the group.
Sunday was “Suppose Pink” breast most cancers consciousness day, a noble and heartfelt effort, led by co-owner Tanya Snyder, a breast most cancers survivor herself. Who was the presenting sponsor? Inova Schar Most cancers Institute, named for rich businessman and philanthropist Dwight Schar — who was the franchise minority proprietor that Dan Snyder has accused of working a smear marketing campaign towards him in a lawsuit.
The aura of self-destruction. It’s in all places.
The one place most followers care about is on the soccer discipline. There may be loads of self-destruction there.
The loss offers Washington a document of 2-3, with Pat Mahomes and the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs coming to Ghost City Area subsequent Sunday, adopted by highway video games towards Inexperienced Bay and Denver, then the bye week and the return of Tom Brady and the Tremendous Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a rematch of the wild-card sport from final season the place quarterback Taylor Heinicke made his bones.
That Heinicke was nowhere to be seen Sunday, changed by the Heinicke who’s a former XFL backup quarterback — he went simply 20 of 41 passes for 248 yards and two interceptions.
No Heinicke magic this time to save lots of an overhyped and overrated protection.
The Saints rolled up 369 yards of offense — about 100 yards higher than their season common — and did so in painful trend. There was the early first quarter 75-yard landing move from Jameis Winston to a wide-open Deonte Harris to offer New Orleans a 7-3 lead.
Then there was the 49-yard “Hail Mary” from Winston to Marquez Callaway, who outjumped a gaggle of clueless flat-footed Washington defenders, with simply eight seconds left within the half for a 20-13 lead at halftime.
These have been the massive gashes. The remainder got here in small cuts. Winston wound up with 4 landing passes.
When it was advised that the crew was going within the flawed course, Rivera answered, “No, it’s not a little bit additional away. I nonetheless be ok with the blokes within the room. I’m not going to stop on these guys.”
Then it hit him. He’s caught with them. “They’re who now we have,” Rivera mentioned.
Sure they’re, and so they have been alleged to be higher than this.
“I’m very pissed off as a result of we’ve bought too many good soccer gamers to not be higher than what we are actually,” Rivera mentioned. “However your document tells everyone what you might be. That’s what we’re — we’re a 2-3 soccer crew proper now.”
They’re a 2-3 soccer crew whose two prime trainers are on administrative depart on account of a DEA investigation. They’re a 2-3 soccer crew whose largest public service and charitable occasion of the season was sponsored by a facility named after the proprietor’s worst enemy.
They’re the Washington Soccer Group.
You may hear Thom Loverro on The Kevin Sheehan Present podcast.