The 2010 Washington Redskins: Steps and Missteps In a Rocky, Rebuilding Season

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The 2010 Washington Redskins: Steps and Missteps In a Rocky, Rebuilding Season
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No one wants to admit the Redskins are rebuilding. Not the coaching staff, not the players, not the fans and not the media.

The real trouble started when Mike Shanahan claimed he had every intention of keeping the team "competitive". If he had just said "we are rebuilding", a lot of the team's problems likely could've been chalked up to that. The growing pains of a team in transition would look better. Sure, the Redskins would be under scrutiny, but they would seem to be moving towards a bigger and better goal.

Instead, by claiming to try and be competitive, he essentially set himself up for failure.

Whether you want to believe it or not, the Redskins have made positive steps to more productive seasons. Shanahan will be given time to build his team in his image, and despite the team's dubious record and play, they are more likely to be a competitive team next year than they are this year.

However, this season has not been perfect by any stretch of the imagination.

So let's take a look at the positive steps and the negative missteps the Redskins have made this season.

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