Monday, December 6, 2010

Where do we go from here?

At one point this season it seemed like the Redskins were heading in the right direction. They might finish 8-8 but at least it'd be a solid core to build on... now it seems much more bleak. McNabb is showing his age (of course, his poor supporting cast only makes things worse), Shanahan seemingly has a Napoleon complex and almost every facet of the team (RB, WR, OL, DL, LB, CB and S's) all look like they are 2-3 drafts away. Basically, we got fooled again.

You don't see a lot of teams in today's NFL flat out re-build, but it's something you need to do in order to win in sports. Endure a couple losing seasons while you get the right players in the mix. The Redskins lengthened the process by committing to a 3-4 defense which has been an abject failure to this point.

How you feel about the Redskins all boils down to how you still feel about the leadership of Allen and Shanahan. Are they the guys to get the job done? I was upset when Shanahan dumped Devin Thomas (though I felt better when I read Thomas' idiotic comments after the trade) and I was upset about his treatment of the Albert Haynesworth situation... but the more I think about it, the more I am reminded that the first thing that needed to change was the culture in Washington. The culture that guys who came here were mercenaries looking for a big paycheck, that this franchise is far removed from it's glory days.

Well, by staying the course, they may be back again. We shot ourselves in the foot by trading multiple draft picks away, but next offseason will be interesting to say the least. If you look at the core players that will be coming back, you see guys like Santana Moss, Anthony Armstrong, Trent Williams, Brian Orakpo, London Fletcher, DeAngelo Hall and LaRon Landry. There's definitely some players we can build around here.

Expect Snyder to show some rare patience and let Shanahan and Allen build this team. We're going to be happy with the results. (Eventually.)

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