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Are the Redskins using Cap Penalties as a built in Excuse for Losing?


In his Monday press conference, Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan was asked about the overall direction of his football team.  And Coach  Shanahan alluded to the fact that he felt it was unusual that his offense is performing so well even though the team has lacked depth due to the $36 million in salary cap penalties.

And Shanahan stated that in the future the team would be able to add more talent on offense and defense with the penalties gone.  In a previous post I made the observation that Mike Shanahan wasn’t showing a much  of a sense of urgency to make the team win, and maybe this is the reason.


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Maybe Shanahan thinks the cap penalties are the major reason his team is losing, and that’s why he feels safe in his job.  And I have also pointed out that I felt the cap penalties were coming back to haunt the Redskins.  But when you look at what’s going on with the team, the cap penalties aren’t the only reason the Redskins are where they are right now.

And Shanahan pointed out himself, that turnovers for the team are up from last season, and that’s another reason the team is losing. The cap penalties were in effect last season as well, and the Redskins still won the NFC East.  So that’s proof a team can still have success regardless of the penalties.

But if Mike Shanahan thinks all he needs to do is stick to the status quo, and simply add more talent in the offseason and the team will start winning, then I think he’s wrong.  As we’ve seen the Redskins spend money overloading on talent in the past, and it hasn’t always worked.

I think the team would be better served if Shanahan fixed the real reasons the team isn’t winning that have nothing to with cap space.  Things such as missed tackles, missed blocks, questionable personnel decisions, and faulty game planning.  Those are areas that you can’t simply throw money at to fix.


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