When Dan Snyder hired Bruce Allen and Mike Shanahan, no one expected that they could do the impossible and make a playoff run in their first season leading this organization. Even the most hardened Skins fans (you know, the ones that expect a Super Bowl appearance every year) have been forced into a reality check for the upcoming season.
The Redskins have a lot of personnel problems, and no one can make them a competitor for the playoffs or an NFC East title this year, not even Shanahan. Most Skins fans are happy with Shanahan and Allen leading the team, but they are much happier about the end of the "Snyderrato" nightmare.
As a Skins fan myself, I would have traded a couple of four-win seasons for Cerrato to receive his walking papers. To have that, and Snyder turning over the important decisions for the team to the professionals, makes me feel much better going into this season, even though I know it's going to be ugly.
In the last decade, the team has had poor drafts, a disastrous history in free agency, and an apparent lack of basic football knowledge (games are won in the trenches, not on fantasy football rosters). The Redskins reached a low point last year, as the offensive line looked more like a bad joke from a Cowboys fan than a group put together by leadership that actually wanted the Skins to be a winner.
However, there may be some good news. To paraphrase a guy who was in D.C. for a few years, it's "morning again" for the Redskins faithful. After the dreadful recent history of the team, Skins fans have something to look forward to in the next couple of years. Let's look at three major areas of concern for the offense and how they can be fixed to make the team competitive in 2011 and a contender in 2012.