I would tell fans this: remember those times, keep them in your heart always. But it's time to move on. You can't let memories from two decades ago rule your feelings today. It's like hanging onto a relationship that was over years ago.

Otherwise Dan will tell coaches what he wants; coaches will sabotage theirselves and the team just to try and stay in his good graces. During my time, Marty was the only head coach that I didn't see fall victim to this, and outside of Zorn, I played for every coach Dan hired.

"There's really no proven commodities [on the o-line], and now they lose Samuels. You lose Thomas. Now, basically the dam has broken, and there's no way to plug it because there's nobody out there to go get right now. It should have been addressed in the offseason."

"I feel bad for Coach Zorn," Cooley said. "I think in a time of crisis, which we're definitely in, I think you have to look at players. "I think you got to look at guys like me and say, 'They have to make big plays for us.' You can't look at coaching and play-calling and say 'this is what's costing this team.' "

The crowd did not boo, either. Instead, in a sight I can never remember at a sporting event, the fans spontaneously shared a moment of silence, a communal mortification, as they stood witness to the bleakest moment -- all factors considered -- in the history of the Redskins franchise.