Washington Redskins: Playing for Draft Picks Is for Losers

Josh McCainSenior Writer IDecember 27, 2010

JACKSONVILLE, FL - DECEMBER 26:  Kicker Graham Gano #4 of the Washington Redskins celebrates after kicking the winning field goal in overtime during the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field on December 26, 2010 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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After yesterday's win over the Jacksonville Jaguars, I was shocked that a lot of the fans calling into the two different postgame radio programs in the D.C. area were saying they had hoped for a loss to better improve the Redskins' draft selection.

Once again, Redskin fans (at least those who call into the radio shows) are proving to be no smarter than the team's owner when it comes to running a football team.

The first incident of this was when fans were clamoring to fire coach Mike Shanahan at the end of the season.

These fans wanting the team to tank games in order to move up in the draft are caught up in the whole let's sign a big name aspect of the game that the team's owner falls into.

A big name draft pick can bring excitement to the fanbase but really doesn't do much for the players on the roster. 

Finishing a lost season strong, however, does.

What the Redskins need more than anything is to finish this season on a high note.

The defensive line for the Redskins may have had its best game of the season yesterday, and despite an injury-laden secondary they still found a way to make plays.

Heck, Carlos Rogers actually had an interception.

Now, granted there will be some roster turnover at the end of the season but for those (especially the younger players) who will be here next year, a huge upset win over the New York Giants could set a positive tone for next season.

Unlike a lot of people, I was glad to see the team win yesterday, draft pick be damned, and I'm glad to see that (despite reports to the contrary) the team has not quit on its coach.