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Posted at 12:21 PM ET, 12/ 6/2010

Looking for the bright side

By Jason Woodmansee

I've used the "Good, the bad and the ugly" bit a few times to recap Redskins games this year. I'd use it again, but I honestly can't think of anything to put into the "good" category.

Let me start looking. The Redskins had six turnovers and had no offensive consistency to speak of, so it wasn't the offense. Donovan McNabb made several dumb plays and maybe a total of two nice passes, so it wasn't that. And the Redskins are missing two draft picks because they traded for him. OK, let's move on.

Well, maybe the quarterback the Redskins jettisoned to get McNabb is doing poorly! That would be a good thing, right? Otherwise it may look like the Redskins made a terrible mistake. No, Jason Campbell ran for a touchdown and passed for another as the Raiders won at San Diego.

Speaking of players the Redskins don't have anymore, what about the fact that Devin Thomas was signed by the Giants this week? I mean, we all know he's no good - this must have harmed the Giants in some way, right? Ah, no - he was a special teams monster, contributing more to the Giants in this one game than he did for the Redskins his whole career.

What about the defense? The new 3-4 scheme and defensive coordinator Jim Haslett was supposed to improve upon the only bright spot from last year. Oh, the Giants rushed for almost 200 yards and made them look silly. But Albert Haynesworth, the highest-paid defensive player in the NFL contributed, right? Hmmm, no, he wasn't even active.

Let's look at the rest of the division. The Eagles won on Thursday, but the Cowboys were playing in Indy. No way that they won there -- oh, I guess they did. This means that my main goal for the season - not coming in last place - is in jeopardy.

Well, perhaps the rest of the schedule is a cakewalk. Let's see - Bucs, Cowboys, Jags and then the Giants again. Ooh boy - they could realistically lose them all.

But what about the future? This is a rebuilding year with a new coaching staff and a lot of new players - maybe we'll get 'em next year. Let's see - the Redskins are the oldest team in the league and, as mentioned before, are trading away draft picks. So, not so much.

So, in the end, the only positive I can come up with is that the season is almost over. When do pitchers and catchers report?

By Jason Woodmansee  | December 6, 2010; 12:21 PM ET
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Comments

One thing on the plus side - they've really nailed the uniform choices this year! Be gone forever white on white and burgundy on burgundy.

Posted by: innocentbystander | December 6, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

There is no bright side. The men who run this team do not have the same heart, vision or goal as Mr. Cooke, Joe Gibbs and Bobby Beathard did. The only thing that makes this team the Redskins are their helmets and sadly, that probably will be changing soon. That's probably the next phase of this marketing scheme.

Posted by: Redskindan44 | December 6, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

I guess Devin Thomas can play special teams after all.

Posted by: G-SHOK | December 6, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Beautiful commentary. The Redskins are doomed unless they seriously start getting younger and faster. The Redskins are afraid of youth. That is the only explanation for trading away a fifth year QB, high draft pick WR who couldn't make it onto the field and trading away future draft picks for older players. I bet our LB's run an average of 5.0 40's. We are old and slow, that can't change unless we embrace youth.

Posted by: truthbeknown | December 6, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

With Devin Thomas' punt block, Vinny Cerrato upstaged Mike Shanahan.

"I told you he could play!!!" (Beer spilling)

Posted by: 20yrskinfan | December 7, 2010 12:51 AM | Report abuse

Looking for the bright side………You gotta be kidding, drunk, or psychotic.

Posted by: dc4life | December 7, 2010 8:44 AM | Report abuse

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