Monday, March 29, 2010
Washington Redskins: Same old, Same old?
The Washington Redskins have had a dilemma for the past decade; well, let's face it: they've had many dilemmas. One dilemma sticks out more than the rest. They have had a terrible ability to choose players, whether it be in the draft or free agency. They're evaluation of both people and talent is among the worst I've ever seen.
The Redskins have needed a left tackle through the draft for some time now, everybody knows it; yet everybody ignores it to keep playing fantasy football.
On Saturday, Brian Mitchell and his radio partner were discussing the idea of bringing Denver Bronco bad boy Brandon Marshall to DC. However, not once did they talk about the fact that it would take a first round pick to pry Marshall away because the Broncos laid the first round tender on him. What we would have if the Redskins took Marshall and forfeited their draft pick, is a still mediocre quarterback in Jason Campbell, and still nobody to keep him upright, which is what people have been whining about making excuses about for three or four years.
Can you imagine Brandon Marshall with Jason Campbell? I can. It does not look good.
Mike Shanahan and Bruce Allen have the reputation for bringing in older players who are washed up, and players through the draft who do not work out. That's a major problem when winning is the main goal. If they fail to ignore the left tackle position or the quarterback position in the first round of the 2010 draft, it will be through pure arrogance on their part. Shanahan was fired after winning two super bowls in the late-1990's because he couldn't do things his way or without Elway. If the Redskins neglect the offensive line in the first few rounds they are making a serious mistake, and will continue to try and sell their fans on their way. I can tell you before it happens: their way does not work.
The Redskins have long tried to sell hope to their fans through offseason moves. Let's be honest here, too. This method has worked brilliantly because the faithful cannot get enough of it. Selling jerseys, making revenue, and putting people in the seats is a lot of fun, but I can tell you another thing. When you win, the winning sells itself. I'm just not sure this organization still has any clue how to do it.
What do you think? Are they on the right track? When they say they will be quiet in free agency (even though they only are because guys didn't want to come here) do you believe them? What say you?