Football Outsiders 2010 Almanac Nails Redskins Preview: Better Now, Worse Later

They will be better this year, and worse in the long run.

Highlights (lowlights?):

  •  ...the Redskins haven’t built a true contender. They’ve built another version of their 2005 team, which went 10-6 in Gibbs’ second season.
  • The 2010 Redskins have even worse long-range prospects than their 2005 counterparts, who at least surrounded Brunell with a young group of offensive weapons, had a pair of bookend offensive tackles in their prime, and possessed a few other assets. This year’s Redskins have an alarming number of players who are about to simultaneously grow old...
  • ...Some in the Redskins organization will feel vindicated when the team loses in the second round of the playoffs. Snyder and others will convince themselves that they made all the right moves. Allen could win Executive of the Year if he takes the team from four wins to ten. There will be a lot of backslapping for a very small accomplishment. And of course, that will only encourage Snyder and company to climb back on the horse.

Basically they argue that the NFC East will have a down year, we weren't as bad as our record last year, McNabb, the new OTs and Shanahan represent a big improvement, and so we will contend for a playoff spot.


For a team that has to rebuild we actually got older.  We did things like opt for McNabb over, say, Delhomme or Derek Anderson or JCampbell and a rookie QB or a defensive playmaker like Sergio Kindle (pre-ICU visit). 

They argue (with more actual facts and stats) what I've been yelling about since the day we traded for McNabb: We improved for 2010, but in terms of rebuilding a youthful core that could contend for years, we actually regressed. 

Sigh, such is life in Dannyland and such is why I'm so down on most of the moves we make.

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