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Redskins Offseason Already in Full Swing with Rumors and Moves: A Fan’s Perspective
From the minute the 2011 Super Bowl ended, I had an uneasy feeling of emptiness. After all, any knowledgeable football fan could sense that the NFL was going on strike, negating a normal offseason. For Washington Redskins fans, that is the time of year we live for. Whether you love or hate the things they do during the offseason, they always make things interesting. The strike robbed of us of that and led to a very condensed free agent period. Phooey on that junk I say.
We are now in the early stages of the Redskins offseason and already things are percolating. Ah, it is good to be alive again and looking to improve upon a team that went 5-11, but could be just a few pieces away from being a playoff contender (please keep your laughter to a minimum). Why just this past week, the team has made news by hiring, firing, and being a subject of draft and free agent scuttlebutt.
First off, the team canned safeties coach Steve Jackson and wide receivers coach Keenan McCardell. Jackson to me was an understandable move, as that part of the secondary was pretty bad. Even with LaRon Landry in the game, they had a hard time covering tight ends and in a lot of cases, making tackles. McCardell is a harder one to understand. He is a well-respected guy amongst his players and seemed to be helping guys like Leonard Hankerson.
In the end though, it was not enough production for Mike Shanahan, so he is gone. No one has replaced him yet, but Raheem Morris, former headman of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, has replaced Jackson. Now I am not sure of this, but the Redskins might be setting a record for the most head coaches on a staff, with Shanahan, Jim Haslett, and now Morris. Guess if one guy goes down, the next one steps up mentality? On the wide receiver front, hopefully they might look at Charley Taylor once again for that post.
You say that quarterback should be our prime concern right now? Well we are already well linked in that respect. There has been talk of us going all in on Matt Flynn. Now there are calls for possibly looking at Alex Smith or even the acquisition of one Peyton Manning, should he become available. Now I know this coaching staff has been more subdued when it came to free agency, but think about it. We need someone other than Rex Grossman back there.
Heck we are even making noise in the draft conversations. Most pundits are saying that the Redskins will trade up into that number two slot to get Robert Griffin III. Not sure that I agree with the amount of picks it would take to do that, but hey at least we are looking to improve our biggest weakness on the team. It is shaping up to be a heck of a few months for the Washington Redskins. Fans should sit down and buckle up because it might be a bumpy ride!
John Atchison was rumored to have emerged at birth with a Redskins jersey on. Born and bred in Virginia, he is a diehard Redskin fan and will always have a fond spot in his heart for the phrase 70 Chip! Follow him on Twitter @John_Atchison
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