Update [2006-12-7 13:27:21 by Skin Patrol]: Brandon at the Curly R put up his take on it, which is predictably right on point. To use his analogy, we have too many chefs but not any Head Chef capable or willing to tell the other egos "no!" I couldn't agree more, and make sure to check it out.
Though there is a good bit I disagree with Michael Wilbon about in his most recent column, the general concept -- that the Redskins are in dire need of a qualified General Manager -- is a point I couldn't agree with more. Evidence of our disastrous offseason mistakes continues to grow, unabated and unchallenged:
Second, why does everyone know that Adam Archuleta was a bust before we did? There needs to be someone in our front office who is capable of cock-blocking bad personnel decisions. When Gregg Williams (or whomever) says "We need that Adam Archuleta" there needs to be a mechanism in place to protect the franchise. And what's up with our financial decisions? Ryan Clark would cost too much to keep but Adam Archuleta is worth exactly the highest salary for a safety in NFL history?
It is almost as if there exists a giant, gaping disconnect between our financial decisions and our personnel convictions. Once the team determines they want a player, there is no price that is too high. And once we've decided to abandon a player, there is no reasonable salary we're willing to pay. Might as well throw this in there as well:
2-3-DAL3 (9:14) C.Portis right guard to DAL 4 for -1 yards (R.Fowler).
3-4-DAL4 (8:35) M.Brunell pass incomplete short left to A.Randle El.
PENALTY on DAL-T.Newman, Defensive Holding, 2 yards, enforced at DAL 4 - No Play.
1-2-DAL2 (8:30) C.Portis right end to DAL 1 for 1 yard (R.Fowler, T.Newman).
2-1-DAL1 (7:54) C.Portis up the middle to DAL 1 for no gain (R.Fowler, M.Spears).
3-1-DAL1 (7:14) L.Betts left end to DAL 1 for no gain (R.Williams, B.James).
4-1-DAL1 (6:40) C.Portis up the middle to DAL 1 for no gain (B.James, J.Ferguson).
Please, Washington, bring in a qualified General Manager to focus his efforts on scouting players (which, Wilbon correctly points out, is a "full-time job") and doing quality control on our ludicrous personnel decisions. We'll no doubt still suffer some hiccups, but at least they won't be as devastating in the long term as our financially tone deaf ones this year have been. And perhaps a GM will finally recognize that sustainable success happens when you draft players.
I'm all ears on arguments why this Redskins team is fine without a competent GM. Have at it.