Wow. Who'd thought the Washington Redskins would be on this list? After all that's happened, why do they deserve a spot? Well, it's not because of what didn't happen, but rather, what did happen.
First of all, Donovan McNabb. The long-time Eagles quarterback was traded, surprisingly within the division, to the Redskins for high draft picks. Just having McNabb is a big step forward for the franchise.
They also made a good move in hiring Shanahan, and he has given the franchise a busy 2010 offseason.
Besides McNabb, the Redskins have started building their offensive line by drafting rookie tackle Trent Williams fourth overall, and trading for the Saints' Pro Bowl tackle, Jammal Brown. They also managed to sign veteran backs in Larry Johnson and Willie Parker to compete with Portis in camp. This team has more potential offensively than one may think.
What can possibly hold this team back?
Well, first off, there is the conversion to the 3-4 defensive scheme, and the adjustments 4-3 players must make; it takes time to adjust into an entirely new system. On top of that, the defense hasn't had too much production and needs to step it up in every aspect.
There are still problems on offense, as well.
While the Redskins do have good veteran running backs, all are getting older, and there is little youth on the running back roster. The pass catching must also improve and with the loss of Antwan Randle El, Malcolm Kelly and Devin Thomas must emerge as better receiving threats. The offensive line, even with the new additions, must prove itself.