In the last few weeks, as the regular season came to an end, we saw a lot of talk on Hogs Haven about what should the Redskins do this off-season. There seems to be no consensus about which position to target in the 1st round of the upcoming draft. First of all, let's realize collectively that it is WAY TOO EARLY to have a complete idea on what would be the best plan for the Redskins. Heck, the postseason is not yet completed, we don't even know which free agents are going to be available and we don't know which collegiate players are going to declare and how their draft stock will fluctuate in the following months.
However, I think that every Redskins fan on Hogs Haven can agree that this team needs a new face for the franchise at the quarterback position. This is the team's greatest need. But everybody has a different opinion on how the Redskins should target a quarterback this off-season. From my standpoint, I think that this team is FAR from being a contender, even with a good young quarterback. The Redskins are definitely not one quarterback away from being a lock in the playoffs. They need O-linemen. They need more play-makers. They need better coverage players. I think you get the picture.
This is why I'm DEFINITELY NOT a fan of selling the house for Andrew Luck or RG3. If I'm the Redskins, I don't want to lose draft picks by moving up the draft to grab a quarterback, because I have many holes to fill in my roster (sadly, this is what the team used to do before: give up on the FUTURE for NOW results, and look where this has gotten them). Strategically, it makes more sense to trade back and to acquire more assets, because unfortunately for us fans, the future of this team is not now; it's in a couple of years. This explains why the Redskins shouldn't pull off a Julio Jones ala Atlanta, because we simply lack talent and can't afford it. But don't get me wrong; if a good quarterback is available at the sixth spot, I consider taking him, but I'm definitely not reaching for one. However, the consensus AS OF NOW is that Luck and RG3 are not going to be available to the Redskins at #6, so this option doesn't seem too realistic at this point.
I believe that the article by tman5 ''The Flynn plan'' is a great assessment on a logical approach to improve the team. If we get a quarterback who is probably a better option than Grossman at the right price, be it Matt Flynn or somebody else, why not try it? Trade back, get more draft picks, fill in more needs and improve over Grossman. And the thing I like a lot about tman5' explanation is that we don't put all our future hopes on another quarterback. If this new quarterback plays well, then fine. If it doesn't work, then we aren't overly affected by the lack of performance because we haven't spent future assets on him. Basically, it's a win-win situation for the team.
Just like a lot of people out there, I'm not sold on Matt Flynn being a great NFL quarterback. But I like the fact that he has great character, is smart, and you have to admit that his performance last Sunday was pretty darn good. The Redskins can afford paying him good money, without necessarily putting this team into a financial crisis. It would allow them to focus on other needs with the draft (and maybe draft a 2nd round quarterback like Nick Foles or Ryan Tannenhill), which would be a great way to make this team more competitive in the immediate future without losing sight of the big picture: being a Super Bowl contender.
If you have any comments, please let me know what you think! Thanks a lot for reading me guys.