After last night's blockbuster trade in which Bruce Allen sold his soul for the right to select Robert Griffin III, the battle for the NFC East will be a dogfight.
With Eli Manning, Michael Vick, and Tony Romo in the same division, the Redskins had to get their own top-level quarterback. Griffin is an unproven commodity, but he will at least give Redskins faithful hope that they can eventually return to prominence with such an exciting player at the helm.
For all intents and purposes, let's assume that Griffin will quickly become one of the better quarterback in the league and follow a similar career path as Cam Newton as a dual-threat quarterback.
Yes, the Redskins have a lot of needs at the receiver and offensive line positions, but their defense may be the best in the division. They were able to retain tight end Fred Davis with the franchise tag. They have enough cap room to spend a lot of money in free agency, and they intend to do so.
Let's say they add Carl Nicks and Vincent Jackson. All of a sudden, the Redskins are not just contenders to unseat the Giants in their own division, they become playoff contenders on a consistent basis.
It is easy to forget how good the Redskins looked to start the season, until the coaching staff made the terrible decision to use John Beck, which probably cost them a few games. Their erratic play at the quarterback position was simply too much to overcome.
The NFC East is still a formidable division. Not only does every team have a high-end quarterback, but each team is loaded with guys who can rush the passer. Having Tuck, Ware, Pierre-Paul, Cole and Babin all in the same division in quite daunting. The Redskins have their own guys in Orakpo and Kerrigan who can take advantage of a deficiency that each NFC East team shares: offensive line problems.
Still, it all comes down to whether or not Griffin pans out. Should he fail, the Redskins are in a world of trouble for a long time and it is the end of the Shanahan/Allen era.
On the other hand, if RGIII is everything the Redskins (and Adidas) hope he is, the dormant era of the Redskins will finally be over and Dan Snyder can finally start to field a winning team on a consistent basis.