Let’s face it, there is nothing positive to write about after the Monday night embarrassment in Washington, DC. The only thing to do is look forward and find things to be optimistic about in the future. I am also one that believes in giving credit where credit is due, and hats off to Michael Vick and the Philadelphia Eagles. Their offense was unstoppable, their defense capitalized on every mistake, and Andy Reid called a great game. The Redskins were beat in every aspect of the game. With that being said, here are some things to find comfort in after being routed last night:
The Washington Redskins are a team in a rebuilding process. Some early success may have put high expectations in our minds, but it is important to remember that this is still a transitional year. I am in no way conceding the rest of the season, but feel it is worth remembering that this is a team that is light years ahead of where they were last year. A couple of bad games shouldn’t completely erase the progress that has been made in DC.
The new Donovan McNabb deal (like it or not) was the right move for Washington for three different reasons:
1. The contract had 40 million dollars guaranteed upfront and is highly incentive laden. This means that it is an easy contract to trade if the Redskins still decide that McNabb is not the future of this team. If on the trading block during the off season, other teams won’t have to worry about the 40 million that Washington already dished out and can take a gamble on the incentives part of the deal.
2. McNabb could end up playing up to his billing and be an elite quarterback in the NFL.
3. Shanahan could draft a quarterback next year in one of the lower rounds for McNabb to mentor. Nobody will deny the leadership that McNabb brings to the locker room. He is the perfect guy for a young quarterback to watch and learn from.
My final thought on the day is that this NFL season is far from over and has been one of the craziest in recent memory. Anything can happen, and there is no need to start panicking. The NFC East is wide open right now, and Washington has flashed moments of what it could be. There is still hope in DC.
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