You have heard it said, "Suck for Luck." But I say, win to the end. For starters, even if we lost the rest of the games this season we still would not be able to overcome the likes of the Colts, Rams and Vikings. So we know at best, we would be drafting fourth or fifth.
Hypothetically speaking, what if we lost out and the above teams won out and we were able to draft Andrew Luck first overall. What kind of message does that send to the rest of team? The defense is not important. The offensive line is not important. The wide receiving corps are not important. The Special Teams and our friends Graham Cracker and Brandon Banks are not important. No, you guys play second fiddle to Andrew the Stanford Grad.
Or, what if we sucked for Luck, and Andrew was not so lucky? What if Luck sucked? It would be hard to fathom, since he does play in a pro style offense. But maybe just maybe Phil Simms is right for once (and not just putting other highly acclaimed QB's down because his son sucked), and Andrew is not that good. Or what if the QB we end up with fourth or fifth overall sucks? Then where do we look for redemption? We can't look to the team anymore, that we said was not good enough to win without this first rounder.
I say win and win to the end. Teams that win to the end create momentum on which to build on. They finish the season on the positive. The media speaks positive of the team and the coaching staff. The fans are encouraged, the team themselves are hopeful that they are headed in the right direction. Wining breads a winning atmosphere and a positive outlook. Losing breads the opposite, no matter the goal or objective. By the way, how do you coach your team during a half time speech, to lose? How?
When you win to the end, the team believes they have a foundation on which to build. Players that our added in the draft are not looked to as saviors (which adds a lot of undo pressure to perform) but as needed talent to fill in the missing pieces. Wining teams have a way of humbling individual talent, while a losing team has a way of fostering prideful superstars that say, "if it were not for me we would not be 8-8." And lord knows, Redskin nation has seen its share of pride.
I say, forget Luck and let's win to the end! Let's repromote the idea of team. Let's build on the offensive line, that was once the strength of the Skins, that made even Joe Thiesman and Mark Rypien look good. Win to the end, so we all have something to look forward to next season. Lose out, and we will be in the same place as the past decade, hoping for a good off season. Hail!!
Rod-the skins fan