The actual intro will be short, then I'll get into my thoughts on 2011. If you do want to know a little more about me (though I don't know why you would), I'd be happy to oblige in the comments.
I've been a fan watching the games since 1995. I say watching the games because I don't have the cash to get to games, but the one I did go to was that Saints game where Ramsey started 0-5 with 3 INT. It's been that kind of fandom.
So, needless to say, I've rarely been optimistic about the team's chances under Dan Snyder. This year is no exception. I have seen the optimism around this site in the month or so I've been lingering, but I'm having a hard time buying in. Hopefully I'm still welcome.
I'll dive right in. Shanahan's ego trip with Haynesworth didn't bother me, but the one with McNabb did. And I didn't even like the McNabb trade when it happened, since it was a "typical Snyder move," even though things were supposed to be different with a real coach and GM. But to actually think Rex Grossman is a better QB (which he clearly did)? And then to come into this season with John Beck as his competition?
Now, I did not want to draft a QB in the first round (not sure what people 'round here thought). None of them, especially Newton or Locker, were first round worthy to me. But when Mallett was still there for so long and they kept trading down, I started to get frustrated. And not because I particularly wanted Mallett either, but I certainly thought he would have been a bargain in the late second. But, alas, John Beck and Rex Grossman will be our quarterbacks. Really?
IMO, Mike Shanahan thinks from his days in Denver that his running games will always be great for the simple fact that's he's Mike Shanahan. It's as if Elway was just some dude with a strong but not particularly good arm. Anyway, enough of that rant.
In conclusion, while last year was not nearly so bad as 2009, there was still a circus-like atmosphere surrounding the team in 2010, especially during and after the Lions game. I probably lost 5 years of my life in the 17-16 Bucs game. Meanwhile, the end of Banks' punt return vs. Tampa this preseason, and the punt downed at the one in the second quarter that was overturned in the game, makes me think the same problems with discipline and stupid penalties that have gotten so old throughout the decade are still there.
But I hope I am wrong about this team in the years to come.