It may only be Week 8, but it's never too early to start looking at the future.
It's (mostly) safe to say that as good as the Washington Redskins have looked (or as bad), the team is probably not going to the Super Bowl this year, unless a lot of things fall their way. Which isn't to say the season is a total bust; quite the opposite. This year has already been a tremendous success compared to last season in terms of competency and leadership on the the team.
That being said, with a year to mature in the system, and solid free agency and draft classes on the horizon, it looks like maybe the 2011 Washington Redskins will be an even better team, and have a better shot to contend. Again, we're a ways off from the Super Bowl, but continued improvement is key.
That in mind, let's look at some of the pieces that will fall into (or remain) in place for a future that looks a bit brighter than it has in a long time.
Let's start with the quarterback, as that's the backbone of our team. For years, the Redskins have been without a true leader and franchise quarterback at the helm. Occasionally people have come close, but for the most part, our QB situation has been grim.
This year, we finally have the one guy who can add stability to the position. That one man is...