Santana Moss and Fred Smoot are of the belief that their era of Redskins teams may have influenced the lack of fan support for this current era's team.
Moss played for the Redskins from 2005 to 2014, while Smoot had two stints in Washington, from 2001 to 2004, and a second from 2007 to 2009.
The Redskins made the playoffs three times in that 14-year span (2001-14), winning just one division title in the 2012 season and one playoff game, in the 2005 season.
Of those playoff appearances, the Redskins: beat the Buccaneers in the Wild Card round before falling to the Seahawks in the Divisional round of Jan. 2006; lost to the Seahawks in the Wild Card round of Jan. 2008; and lost a third time to the Seahawks in the Wild Card round of Jan. 2013.
Moss believes there's some truth to Norman's words.
"So yes, it's unfortunate," he said, "because I asked the same question watching the Colts game: Where are the fans? I was trying to say, well, maybe it's too early and as the game goes on... I was there for just the first half of the game before I went to work, and I'm sitting there like, 'Where are the fans?' The guys feel it, and they probably had it in 'em and they just wanted to say something about it."
"And I kind of followed up with it, and his point was, 'Like we got supported through thick and thin. We would lose, and then we would lose again and we'd get kicked in the teeth, and the next week they'd be back.' And he thinks that there was just only so much that those fans could endure and that they, to quote 'Big Daddy,' they wasted the good surprise on Fred Smoot's group. You know, that they just kept supporting that team and that's how he thinks we got where we are now."
"To see the guys here have to deal with what they're dealing with now, you know, you wonder why," Moss told Dukes. "You wonder what's going on with the fanbase. But, the guys that (are) showing up, the fans that (are) showing up, I'm sure they're not talking to you guys. Probably the ones that's booing, yeah. But the one's that's showing up and being there?
"(The players are) talking about the one's that's not showing up any more, and the one's that's there, not to really be there. You know, I understand that the fans get pissed off and get tired, and most of the fans are not coming because of the organization itself. It's not the players. There's a lot of fans I bump into all the time, they're like, 'Ah! Well screw this and screw that! I love my Skins, but I can't take it! I can't take it no more!' And I understand them. But what the (players are) saying is, man, if you're a fan, if you're riding with us, if you've been there before, keep coming. Because they feed off of that. They feed off of all the energy that you guys give."
Moss explained that's why, at his various public appearances, he takes the time to let Redskins fans know he appreciates their support through the years.
"That's why I sit there and converse with them," he said. "That's why I sit there and show the love that they showed me for so many years, and show them the appreciation that I have for them appreciating what I displayed every game day or game nights. Because, without them, half of the time, there's no me."
"I really appreciate you guys rocking the stadium and wearing those 89 jerseys, and even rocking it to this day," he said.
"You shouldn't be up or down with it," Moss went on to say of fandom. "If your rock with 'em, you rock with 'em. Be mad at 'em for a little while and then get over it. Get out your feelings. Don't be in your feelings. (Norman) expressed his feelings after a victory and he's done with it."
"But as a fanbase, man, it is a shame to not see these guy show up for these guys, because football has been played a little better here," he continued. "Yes, I understand there's a lot of things that they might want to see different, want to see a little more consistency – and we all want that – but they've been playing some good football for the last few years."
The Redskins are 30-26-1 since Moss' final season in 2014.
"Have they been showing up in the playoffs or getting a playoff berth? No," Moss said. "But they've been playing a lot better than what we displayed on a consistent basis. And that's one of the things that, to me, should motivate fans to come out and want to be a part of it, because I think that little more extra couple bodies here and there might give these guys that little nod, or that little push that they're looking for."
In response to a caller, in a later segment, suggesting the Redskins need to give fans something worth cheering for, Dukes brought up the team's record and its current two-game lead in the division.