“Out with the old in with the new”. This is going to be the team motto for the 2011 offseason. After last years debacle I expected Shanahan to make some wholesale changes on both offense and defense. It appears I was right. So far there have been reports out of Redskins Park that Clinton Portis and Santana Moss will not be back with the team next year (well if there is a next year, looking at you Goddell).
I’m not sure there is one Redskin fan who is envisioning Clinton Portis in a Redskin jersey next year. While he had some very productive years here in DC, sometimes relationships run there course. Unfortunately this relationship ran its course about 2 years ago. He’s a a shell of his former self. Age and injuries have taken a major toll on Portis. The relative success of Ryan Torain and Keiland Williams all but sealed his fate in DC. Moss on the other hand comes as somewhat of a shock.
Santana Moss had a very productive 2010 campaign with 93 catches for 1115 yards and 6 TDs. He proved to be a reliable receiver for both McNabb and Grossman. However, Moss will be 32 by the time the season starts next year. His skill set is better suited for the slot position, but the success of the younger, and much cheaper, Anthony Armstrong appears to have made Moss expendable in the eyes of the Redskins. This should give Moss the opportunity to play the slot, his natural position, and play for a contender (Memo to Redskin fans: We are not going to be a contender next year).
While I imagine the Moss decision was a tough one I believe it was a necessary one. With Moss gone the Redskin can sign (or attempt to sign) a more prototypical #1 wideout. What is a prototypical #1 WR? Not sure, but I can tell you he’s bigger then 5’10” 209lbs. This offense is in dire need of a WR who is a viable Red Zone target. If I see one more corner fade to a sub 6 foot WR I’m going to throw myself into a piranha pit.
I think letting Moss go is only the beginning. I expect some other household names (i.e. Daniels, Rogers) to be on let go before training camp starts (whenever that is? F.U. CBA). The Redskins will have a new look next year. Frankly, it’s about time. For me it’s all about “out with the old, and in with the new”.
And no we can’t cut Daniel Snyder.