With the loss against Real Salt Lake last night, the Wizards are now 2-5-2 on the season. That puts the Wizards just under a third of the way through their season. Next week the team will be one third done. They could have as many as 11 and as few as 8 at the 1/3rd mark of the season. triple either of those numbers and it's a woefully low number and isn't going to be enough to get the Wizards to the playoffs (40-45 is usually the bottom of the table for the 8th seed in the playoffs). The team hasn't won in two months, the same length of time they basically went in the 2009 season from the middle of June until September.
Since taking over the head coaching position, Peter Vermes is now 5-11-5 as head coach, a total of 20 points in what is getting close to a full 30 game season in control of the team. The team outside of the game against DC to open this season has had the same offensive troubles getting goals and creating offensive chances. And while overall the team has looked better on the field, you don't get any points for style or for holding possession. Vermes has brought in "his" players at this point, only one international player remains from Curt Onalfo's time in charge of the team. Only 13 players remain from the Wizards roster the day after the 6-0 loss to Dallas last season. Being almost a third of the way through the season now it's hard to justify that the team is still "gelling" as a unit or that they haven't had all their pieces, as up until the past few weeks the team had been relatively healthy minus the loss of Zoltan Hercegfalvi. It's time to seriously look at Vermes and see if he's going to be the guy that can take this team to the next level. He's taken the team from the poor play under Onalfo to being competitive, but can he take the team to the next step and get them to actually create and finish chances? I struggle to see it at this point, I've given Vermes time to change this team, take it that next step, but he hasn't and I wonder if the team ever will. It would certainly appear he has the talent on the field to get this done, but something isn't working. Does he need to scrap the 4-3-3 for a more traditional 4-4-2 with Kei Kamara up top with either Josh Wolff or Teal Bunbury and Ryan Smith on the left wing and Davy Arnaud on the right playing an empty bucket? How much more time does Vermes have before he needs to go?