So on Christmas Eve as I went for my long winters nap, I had a little dream about my Redskins; and this is how it went...
Daniel Snyder, under immense public pressure, and seeing his ROI slowly fading away, decided to put the team up for sale. The Joe Gibbs Group, comprised of - yeah, you guessed it, and some other prominent investors (including Joe Theismann), wins the bid to buy the team and Joe becomes majority owner or your very own WASHINGTON REDSKINS!
The first announcement Gibbs makes in his opening press conference is that he is changing the name, but keeping the tradition of the team. His reasoning - he wants this to be a team for the people, and no name can ever take away the past accomplishments of this great franchise, but he also wants to be an owner who can just focus on winning football...without all the other distractions.
The new team name will be the Washington Warriors, and the colors will remain Burgundy and Gold.
There will be some changes to the uniform, including going back to the 70th Anniversary Spear helmet and jersey with the gold pants (the same jersey in white will be worn as an alternate jersey).
The next order of business for Gibbs is to relieve Bruce Allen of his duties with the team, and appoint Eric Schaffer as the new team president.
After Schaffer is formally announced, Gibbs and his new president begin a search to find a General Manager.
The search is long, deliberate and detailed, but finally the brass convince Louis Riddick to take the position, with the understanding that he will hire a new coach, and will have power over all personnel decisions.
The day after Riddick’s introductory press conference, all the coaches on the current staff (with the exception of Jim Tomsula) are relieved of their duties.
The new staff:
Gibbs, Riddick and Schaffer work diligently on finding a new head coach to lead this team into the future. After many interviews, they settle on a guy Riddick is very familiar with - Josh McDaniels.
In McDaniels, the Redskins get a disciple of the great Bill Belichick - schooled in his ways of discipline, accountability and perfection on both sides of the football.
McDaniels brings Patriots current linebacker coach Brian Flores with him to D.C. to serve as his defensive coordinator/assistant HC. He selects Rams current quarterbacks coach Zac Taylor to be his offensive coordinator. Josh keeps Jim Tomsula as his defensive line coach.
The new-look Redskins find out shortly after McDaniels is hired that Alex Smith will be announcing his retirement from professional football. This leaves the Redskins in a tough bind against the salary cap in 2019, but an insurance policy does kick into place in 2020 for $12 million - so at least they have that.
To free up some cap space, the Redskins part ways with the following players:
Zach Brown: $5.75 million
Vernon Davis: $5 million
Chris Thompson: $3 million
Stacy McGee: $2.3 million
Mason Foster: $2 million
Total Cap Savings: $18.05 million
*The Redskins re-structure the contract of Jordan Reed, saving $4 million in 2019.
The Redskins should have around $32 +/- million in cap space to spend in free agency.
The Redskins re-sign the following players:
HaHa Clinton-Dix - 3 years, $20 million ($4.5 million cap hit in 2019)
Adrian Peterson - 1 years, 3 million ($1.5 million cap hit in 2019)
Josh Johnson - 1 year, 3.5 million ($2 million cap hit in 2019)
Arie Kouandjio - 1 year, 2.5 million ($1 million cap hit in 2019)
Byron Marshall - 1 year, 1.5 million ($1 million cap hit in 2019)
The Redskins sign the following free agents:
Shane Ray (EDGE) - 4 years, $24 million ($4 million cap hit in 2019)
Tyrell Williams (WR) - 3 years, $20 million ($4 million cap hit in 2019)
Kwon Alexander (LB) - 3 years, $14 million ($2 million cap hit in 2019)
Darian Thompson (S) - 1 year, $1.5 million ($1 million cap hit in 2019)
2019 NFL Draft:
The Redskins finish with a 7-9 record, and hold the 14th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.
Riddick engineers a draft-day trade, that has the Redskins giving up their 14th overall pick in round one, for a 2019 second, 2019 third and 2020 first and third.
Round 2: Amani Oruwariye CB PSU
Round 2: Parris Campbell WR Ohio St.
Round 3: T.J. Hockenson TE Iowa
Round 3: Chris Lindstrom G B.C.
Round 3: Joe Jackson EDGE Miami
Round 5: Brett Rypien QB Boise St.
Round 5: DaMarkus Lodge WR Ole Miss
Round 6: Khalil Hodge LB Buffalo
Round 7: Drew Richmond OT Tennessee
Round 7: Lukas Denis S B.C.
McDaniels and Flores decide to implement the 4-3 defense for the 2019 season.
Redskins 2019 2-Deep:
QB - Colt McCoy OR Josh Johnson/Brett Rypien (R)
RB - Derrius Guice, Adrian Peterson
3rd down back - Byron Marshall
WR X - Tyrell Williams, Cam Sims
WR Z - Parris Campbell (R), or Paul Richardson, DaMarkus Lodge (R)
WR Slot - Trey Quinn OR Josh Doctson
TE - Jordan Reed OR T.J. Hockenson (R), Jeremy Sprinkle
LT - Trent Williams, Geron Christian
LG - Chris Lindstrom (R), Arie Kouandjio
C - Chase Roullier, Casey Dunn
RG - Brandon Scherff, Arie Kouandjio
RT - Morgan Moses, Geron Christian
DE - Ryan Kerrigan, Ryan Anderson
DE - Shane Ray, Joe Jackson (R)
DT - Jonathan Allen, Matt Ioannidis
DT - Daron Payne, Tim Settle
OLB - Reuben Foster, Josh Harvey-Clemons
ILB - Shaun Dion Hamilton, Reuben Foster
OLB - Kwon Alexander, Khalil Hodge
CB - Josh Norman, Amani Oruwariye (R)
CB - Quinton Dunbar, Fabian Moreau
Slot - Greg Stroman, Danny Johnson
FS - HaHa Clinton-Dix, Montae Nicholson
SS - Adonis Alexander, Darian Thompson
If this were to ever happen to my Redskins, I would...
This poll is closed
Do Back-flips, then run around naked in the street in pure bliss
Be about as happy as I am now
Go route for another team
MERRY CHRISTMAS! HTTR!