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My Redskins Christmas Dream

Merry Christmas Redskins Nation!

NFL: New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

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.

Free Agency:

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...

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  • 63%
    Do Back-flips, then run around naked in the street in pure bliss
    (1491 votes)
  • 24%
    Be about as happy as I am now
    (573 votes)
  • 12%
    Go route for another team
    (282 votes)
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