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Jim Zorn couldn't have meant football, because that is one activity at which the Redskins are clearly not getting better. They just lost to the previously winless and hopeless Detroit Lions, a week after narrowly beating the perhaps-just-as-hopeless St. Louis Rams.

Maybe he meant that the Redskins are, as a group, getting better at rapping. Maybe, as a group, they're a tremendous bunch of bowlers. Maybe he meant they're just getting better at staying optimistic after sad and pathetic performances that make the people of Washington, D.C. cry.

From Zorn, via The Washington Times:

"In the big picture things are progressing, we're getting better," Zorn said.

"We're just going to continue to press on and take care of the details. ... We have to look and see what happens and take care of the details and take care of the things that will help us win."

That sounds nice and all, but in going from 8-8 last year to 1-2 this year, I'm failing to see the "getting better" part of the equation. If that's getting better, what might a team on the decline look like? What if the Redskins lost an exhibition game to the Maryland Terrapins? Might they qualify then?

I get that the head coach wants to put on a positive face at all times, but he'd have been better off saying something like, "Things aren't as bad as they seem right now." That might actually be true.

Despite a pitiable little home win over the Rams and a loss to the Lions, I don't think the Redskins are one of the two or three worst teams in the league. Statistically, other than their red zone play, there's really nothing that they do horribly right now. There are things they aren't good at -- for example, running the football -- but nowhere are they scraping the bottom of the barrell.

Things aren't as bad as they seem. The Redskins are 1-2, and down nine net points on the year, while there are a half dozen winless teams at -25 net points, or worse. There's even one team -- the Cleveland Browns -- at -66 net points already. There were only seven teams in the league last year worse than that for the entire season.

The Redskins will rebound. Not to the point where they've above .500, and maybe not to the point where Jim Zorn head is no longer being pushed in the direction of a band saw, but at least to a point where they're not lumped in with the worst teams in league.

It's unfortunate that this is the goal for the Redskins after three games, but if you're looking for a positive Redskins spin, that's about the best I can do for you.

Gracias, potty-mouthed Mr. Irrelevant Brother.

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