If one thing can be learned from the Redskins’ 16-3 preseason victory over the Indianapolis Colts, it’s that this is not any Redskins team we have seen in recent history. Naysayers will go ahead and use the old adage that “it’s just preseason”. Last night’s game was anything but just a mere preseason game. It was a glimpse into the future of a program that for many years has been struggling. A future that I can finally say looks bright. Last night’s game wasn’t just a preseason game. It was a statement.
Credit must be given where it is due, and head coach Mike Shanahan deserves a lot of it. Many were quick to dismiss the man, who I might add has a pair of Super Bowl championships under his belt. But Shanahan apparently did have a plan. And we are starting to see the fruition of that plan in which the old have been thrown out and fresh young talent has been brought in. With the dead weight gone, the 2011 Skins are meaner, leaner and eager to win. That is the value of youth, which the Skins now have plenty of.
For the game itself, the Skins played exceptionally well. The Colt’s came out playing hard. Only the fact that we are in mid-August gave any indication that this was not a regular season game. The one caveat to the game is that Colts quarterback Peyton Manning was out, still recovering from a neck injury. Redskins quarterback John Beck, I must say, looked impressive at 14/17 attempts for 140 yards. His throws were crisp and on-point. He ran when he needed to, showing he has the ability to rush, and more importantly, he made no mistakes. A touchdown pass would have been nice though. While I am not completely sold on Beck, last night did a lot to assuage the nagging doubts I have. Again, it would appear Shanahan knows what he is doing. The real standout of the game, and the cause for my excitement was Roy Helu Jr. This guy can run. If you missed his performance, here is a recap: fourteen attempts, 101 yards with the longest being 51 yards. This guy is going to have a bright future.
In all, the Redskins played like a well-oiled machine. It is a complete 180 degree turn from last year, and previous years. It is too early to jump to conclusions, because, again, it is just preseason. Still though, if last night’s game is any indicator, Redskins fans could be in for something good in the near future. Welcome back Washington Redskins. We missed you.