For Jay Gruden and the rest of the Redskins, these next few weeks leading up to the draft represent some of the last respite for the 2019 season.
With NFL owners having descended upon the Phoenix area for annual league meetings, the rest of us wait to hear what changes to game play are incoming, and who’s seriously wheeling and dealing?
Those are the only snippets worth paying attention to this time of year. Make no mistake; the AAF and XFL are years, if ever, away from feeding America’s tremendous appetite for football.
A few thoughts from the moves we’ve seen across the league so far:
Who’s competing for winning the offseason?
Eagles, Jets, Packers, Raiders.
Who’s working toward a steady future?
49er’s, Browns, Chiefs, Steelers.
Who’s ready now?
Saints, Colts, Rams, Patriots.
Who’s trying to lose?
Giants, Dolphins, Lions, Bengals.
Who doesn’t know what’s going on?
Cardinals, Broncos, Bills, Cowboys.
Then there’s the “I don’t know what they are” teams. The Texans, Titans, Seahawks, and Redskins.
So far, the Washington Redskins have had a relatively quiet, yet productive beginning to the offseason. I would’ve liked them to rearrange, extend, or rid themselves from a couple contracts. Brandon Scherff should’ve been extended, and Josh Norman‘s cap numbers need to be reworked. Jordan Reed should’ve been traded a year ago.
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Not to tip their hand, but whether by design or not, the Redskins have behaved as if they already know that Jay Gruden and many players are in their final season in D.C. Gruden might not make it through this year. He knows this.
This may be a blessing. We are all too aware; limiting injuries is paramount moving through the season, and could prove to be the difference of continued employment in Ashburn and the unemployment line for many in 2019. It’s certainly no secret that the Redskins have had extraordinarily bad luck staying healthy, which, as a practical exercise, shows how greatly they’ve underperformed in acquiring productive talent.
As many quality coaches have believed, the last thirty players on a roster are as important as the first twenty-two. Good teams get this and plan accordingly. Plain and simple, injuries are a part of the game. Players go down every year, and winning teams adapt. What remains to be seen is whether the Redskins want to be a winning team.
So far, their best work has been punctuated by the signings of Adrian Peterson and Landon Collins; both are difference makers. Ereck Flowers is a low risk-high reward signing. Case Keenum provides an extra arm to hand the ball off.
With very little left in free agency and a month from the draft, now the emphasis should shift to securing a successful draft. And hey, Bruce, don’t mess up, ay, by giving a King’s ransom for magic beans (i.e.: RG3).
The Redskins Robert Griffin III blunder contributed greatly to the Rams’ very quick turnaround. Jeff Fisher fleeced the Redskins so badly, Mike Shanahan would’ve been wise to call 9-1-1 while Allen was negotiating the deal. They got robbed, and it wasn’t even the second, third or fourth time. And now, in 2019, we wait. Here’s to hoping they can build patiently this time around. Something that has eluded the Dan Snyder era of Redskins football.