The Redskins are doomed
Since the Redskins had a bye week, I took a bye week as well. I didn’t really watch any of the games on Sunday. I did my best to ignore the swirling winds of craziness surrounding the Redskins. I tried very hard not to have a fit when John Clayton said on ESPN that not only would Donovan McNabb not be around next year, but that the Redskins most likely option was Michael Vick -- “If a trade for Jay Cutler doesn’t work out.” It was my calm, zen-like approach to the bye week that kept be from pulling an Elvis on my TV.
I came through it all feeling refreshed. After all, the 4-4 record is pretty reasonable, given the schedule, and it seems that McNabb & Shanahan seemed to have patched things up. And then I got an email from Jeff, a Twitter friend and fellow Redskins fan, who managed to convince me that the Redskins are doomed.
Jeff’s basic point is that the Redskins under Snyder refuse to understand the basic truth that the Redskins have to be torn down before they’re built back up. The plan has been consistent -- sign free agents, trade away draft picks, lather, rinse, repeat. Because of this philosophy, the Redskins will always end up between 6-10 and 10-6 (with an occasional 4-12 thrown in).
History backs Jeff up -- in the 12 seasons Snyder has owned the team, they’ve finished within two games of .500 nine times, and they’re heading that way again. Sure, this year there is a new, more professional regime that will make it more likely the Redskins are 10-6, but Allen/Shanahan haven’t changed the basic script. As much as I’m in the tank for McNabb, you don’t trade away draft picks for a veteran leader at the end of his contract unless you have a good line and a solid team in place. The Redskins were a hot mess last year, and one year with somewhat competent leadership team won’t make them a sudden contender.
So, the question really isn’t what the Redskins do the rest of this year -- we know it will be between 6-10 and 10-6 -- but what will they do next year? Will they hold onto draft picks? Trade them away? Keep McNabb? Is there any chance that the team will break out of this pattern of earnest mediocrity? It’s hard not to see the clouds of doom overhead when you stop and think about it. I guess I’ll just live in the moment and hope the Redskins break Vick again on Monday night. Unless that’s our future quarterback...
| November 12, 2010; 12:48 PM ET
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