Hello fellow fans,
I wanted to address something I have been seeing a lot more of, especially as of lately. Firstly though, I want to state I am not old enough to have witnessed at an adult age any of the real successful Redskins seasons, aside maybe the '99 season. I still remember Brian Mitchell stiff arming Martin Gramatica on that kick return against Tampa Bay (I believe that was '99, still during the Norv era.) At any rate, I've seen nothing but failure from the team, but like everyone I still retain the same hope year in and year out that the team will figure it out. This bring me to the current scenario.
I see the team very simply. To succeed in today's NFL, you need a legitimate franchise QB. Peyton Manning, Eli Manning, Tony Romo, Ben Roth., Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers. All of these guys are legitimate franchise QBs. Not only are they franchise QBs it would be debatable that they all are considered the 'Face Of The Organization'. These men lead their teams, through wins, losses, etc. We need this type of QB to be successful. The last time we had a franchise-type QB may go as far back as Joe Theisman (id have to check, pre-90s I get kind of grey). At any rate, you cannot count the Mark Rypiens and the Doug Williams. Mostly our team's success has been based on scrappy guys that come in and get the job done, pretty or not. This type of play I just don't believe can be reliably successful in the NFL anymore, teams are too 'perfect'. The two big stunners that I can recall this past year are maybe the Giants, while somewhat scrappy, plagued with injury, but the key here is the franchise QB. Eli led game winning drives week after week throughout the season, there is nobody id like to have on my team more in a clutch position, I'm not a fanboy, but you can't deny that.
This emphasizes the need for the franchise QB. I didn't dig the Peyton deal, that was the old Redskins, they may as well have picked up the phone and called Jeff George. The RGIII deal is more of them yearning to get back into the times. I still have faith in Shanahan. I may not have been old enough to witness the original Gibbs era, however I am old enough to have witnessed John Elway and Leatherface dominate in Denver. The skill is there, even after the Elway era, Shanahan still developed some great talent coming out of Denver. Everywhere from Terrell Davis to Clinton Portis. If I remember correctly, he was with Denver when we gave them Champ Bailey (dumbest move ever) for Clinton Portis.
The way I see the offense this year, RG3 at QB. We keep Santana, pick up a big quick FA wide receiver (Vjax, Colston, Bowe, Etc). I liked Stevie Johnson above all of them though but buffalo resigned him. Then use Gaffney/Hankerson/Stallworth as the depth or bring in some younger players and force them to compete. A good balanced mix of experience and youth, also gives RG3 ALOT of targets, and all different types. The line in my opinion while needing a bit of work, we aren't as bad as everyone is saying. Everyone keeps crying oline this oline that. The franchise QB is just as equally as important, so pissing on Shanahan and Co. for making a drastic move in an effort to improve (our) team is not the right way to go, let it play out before you go bashing. By the time it all develops and we see what happens, it could turn out either way, its the nature of the game. What troubles me the most about this situation though is while we did well on the ground last year in terms of rushing, it was all outside the tackles if I remember the stats right, we didn't do very well at all up the middle. This needs to be fixed. Our backfield and tight ends are absolutely great. We have such a blend of depth and versatility between Hightower/Helu/Royster + Fred Davis/Cooley (If we keep him.).
The defense is in an interesting situation, on paper our D is fairly solid. I like it as it stands. I'd say give D. Hall and Landry maybe 1 more year, but if they want out or they fail, cut them/trade them, whatever. We probably wont be able to switch out everything everywhere here immediately. London Fletcher obviously needs to be resigned, we can't break up the Kerrapko tandem after only its first year, if we keep swapping people in and out at a lot of these positions like we have been its going to keep the team from gelling well.
I think if our offense steps up their game with all the weapons about to be in play there, and with a lynchpin franchise QB, that's intelligent and probably one of the fastest men if not the fastest man in the NFL. Over the next year or two we are going to become an offensive powerhouse, with a Ravens/Steelers quality D. Very similar to the Denver of the old days, Defense made of steel and an Offense that just buries people. Which is unique to have, because a lot of teams out there now a days are successful with just one or the other, we'll have both. So get back on the bandwagon for whats going to be an incredibly interesting season.
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