Jason La Canfora has an epic rant on the Adam Archuleta trade expressing his frustration with a candor that I find refreshing. I don't necessarily agree with everything Jason says, but I suspect the post will generate enormous discussion in the Blogsophere and Message Board communities. Some of the things mentioned demand attention and I agree with the overall point of it: Redskins fans desparately need to start accounting for how we are evaluating the decisions of this franchise holistically. I pined guardedly about the trade and its impact earlier today -- mostly because I'm ready to put the fiasco behind us. Anyways, onward to Redskins Insider, much of it a needed recent history lesson in pecuniary mismanagement:
They make mistakes then try to buy their way back out of them with the same old stuff. Sorry, I'm not tipping my cap - excuse the pun - to them for that. It's closer to insane than astute.
The alternative philosophy is that the Redskins have been in "cap disaster" for years and that those of us worried about the financial future of this team are merely chicken-littles bemoaning a fallen sky. Afterall, the Redskins always find their way out of cap trouble each year they loom near disaster, right?
The problem is that the Redskins aren't doing anything unique to liberate themselves from fiscal ruin. All 32 teams can cut players or restructure contracts. The Redskins are operating in the same salary cap as everyone else, they just do so in a manner that produces fewer wins than the majority of other franchises. We can be thrilled about that or flustered. I choose the latter, as I don't want to enable losing.
And that's why I find Canfora's rant so refreshing. What are we celebrating when we say -- as I did in the comments section earlier -- that the Redskins freed themselves of 5M of Archuleta's contract? That's still just damage control which, as Jason points out, is the result of damage control from earlier damage control from earlier damage control... If I start a fire in my kitchen there isn't anything to celebrate when I put it out, right?
Another, considering we just brought Smoot back:
I don't agree with Jason about everything in his post, but the sentiment I find important. Are Redskins fans holding their team to productive standards? Am I? I love the team virtually unconditionally and will try to positively spin no matter what they do if only as a form of self-deception. But at the end of the day I want what we all want; for Your Washington Redskins to win some damn football games. Cheerleading damage control won't produce that (or hasn't).
I definitely don't think I am in a position to demand anything of a franchise that has given to me more than I could possibly give back. But as a fan of the team I can't help but feel the slightest sense of entitlement -- at a minimum we should question the direction of a team that has not proven capable of stringing together two winning seasons in ten years. Is that so much to ask?