It’s kind of hard to say that a team has had a good preseason with the current stigma surrounding the games themselves. Viewed as a waste of time by some, preseason games are dismissed by many as a half-hearted attempt at football. Still though, I will venture out and say that the Redskins had a good preseason. In fact, I feel that their preseason was downright excellent. Forget about the fact the Redskins finished the preseason with a record of 3-1. The most important thing is that the Redskins had the look of a seasoned team, free of mistakes and over-priced under-performing “talent”. This Redskins team is very new. There are fewer veteran faces from the Zorn and Gibbs era, for better or worse, gracing the field. Fat (insert Haynesworth joke) has been trimmed. This team has a chemistry not seen in recent history. Here are three things that can be learned from the preseason that will be the key to the success in the new season.
The Redskins have a Quarterback
In fact, the Redskins have two. The question is really a matter of which one will start. I bite my tongue when I say this, but both John Beck and Rex Grossman looked good. Both could easily be starters. Both QBs played well and with very few mistakes. Though I am still a little tepid with the QB situation, preseason did a lot to calm my nerves. Regardless of who starts at QB, both men have proved that they are capable. More importantly, they have shown they are selfless and willing to work together. That may be more important than anything. They might not be Stars, but they have the ability to shine.
Special teams will win games
Brandon Banks is still a massive threat whenever he touches the ball. He learned his lesson from nearly losing a TD while hot-dogging against the Bucs, but even if he had lost it, he proved his worth and the damage he can cause. On the defensive side, anytime you can nail the opposing team at the one yard line on a punt, great things will happen. The Redskins have paid special emphasis to special teams and it showed during the four preseason games. This may be one of the Skins’ biggest threats in the coming season.
Stallworth and Hightower are settled in
The choice to pick up wide receiver Donte Stallworth was not met with complete satisfaction, nor was picking up running back Tim Hightower. Their recent performances though have converted the nay-sayers. Many players come to Washington and just don’t seem to fit in. Donovan McNabb never seemed to truly be at home. These two players have made themselves a near permanent fixture and just seem to fit right. To add to it, there are some great rookies lurking in the shadows like Roy Helu who ran for 100 yards against the Colts. The Redskins offense is looking better than it has in years.