The Washington Redskins have fallen on hard times as a franchise. They are now the perennial cellar dwellers, in the NFC East.
The team is so desperate in need of repair that owner Dan Snyder cleaned house by hiring a new general manager and head coach.
Bruce Allen, the general manager, and Mike Shanahan, the head coach, have not gotten off to a roaring start just yet.
They have hired two aging running backs, Willie Parker and Larry Johnson, most pundits considered washed up, along with several other underachievers, Phillip Buchanon and Artis Hicks.
The big noise the team has made this offseason was trading a pair of draft picks to the Philadelphia Eagles for quarterback Donovan McNabb.
Though his contract expires at the end of the season, with a players strikes looming in the shadows, the team is gambling this move does not end up being a one year rental of the five-time Pro Bowler, who may now be at the apex of his peak.
The Redskins will be working with just four draft picks in the 2010 NFL Draft, and they need help on both sides of the line in the trenches, as well as the defensive secondary, and linebacker corps.
They could also stand to take a chance on getting a quarterback to groom in case McNabb bolts at seasons end.
There are more holes than draft picks, and although the Redskins will probably try to trade 2009 starting quarterback Jason Campbell for more selections, it still will not be enough for an aging team trying to rebuild on the fly and crawl out of last place at the same time.