Today is the first day of “voluntary” workouts for the Redskins. In years past, we were used to seeing players who were the “face” of the franchise, or at least one of the top producing players, call their own shots and “workout” on their own. Things appear to be different here nowadays. Not only do the Redskins have a new coach, they have a new identity in the front office. The days of Principal Skinner and Super-Intendant Chalmers running the show are over, as Bruce Allen and Mike Shanahan have drastically taken the culture by the horns and twisted them.
Clinton Portis, Albert Haynesworth, Laron Landry among others (according to Matt Terl –Skin’s Blogger) were present at the facilities in Ashburn today. Mike Shanhan spoke pubically last Thursday, and declared his expectations for the workouts. Today is not able lifting weights, or running laps, but it is a definite and positive change that Redskins fans will hopefully be seeing. It is the coach telling the team, that this is his team
Expectations are huge this offseason for the veterans on this squad. Everyone is thinking “rebuilding mode”, but even Stevie Wonder can see that Shanahan would like to win while establishing a firm foundation for this team. The overhaul that took place two Thursdays ago, was huge, but it wasn’t one that signaled “we intend to suck for a while to get better”. In a salary cap-less year, the Redskins have remained fiscally conservative. The offensive line still appears to be missing tackles, and those positions look like areas that still need to be addressed. Yet, everything around appears to still be in place. On defense, the base formation switch has not yet prompted a dramatic overhaul to the personnel, and additions still need to be made. By my estimations, I feel as if the management feels like they can make a run with what they have if they use them correctly. I also feel as if they are looking to gear up and open their wallet when the right talent and potential manifest itself to the team.