Super Bowl: The Redskins Defeated the Champions, So What Does That Mean?

Josh McCainSenior Writer IFebruary 7, 2011

LANDOVER, MD - OCTOBER 10:  Members of the Washington Redskins defense stop Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers #12 on third down and goal at FedExField on October 10, 2010 in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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Jack s**t is what that means.

During Super Bowl Week Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder was in Dallas to promote something I'm sure (Six Flags?) and was surprisingly on both Washington D.C. radio stations.

He was asked who he was rooting for and he told both shows he was on he was rooting for the Packers because the Redskins beat them earlier in the year.

Well Mr. Snyder, your 6-10 abomination beat the eventual Super Bowl champs.  I hope that helped you sleep at night.

Me, personally, if I thought like that, it would have kept me up all night thinking of what might have been.

No the Redskins played the Packers at home when the Skins were sort of hot, and the Packers were just kind of meh.

If they play nine more times this season, I'm pretty sure the Packers would win those nine remaining games.

So that one win by the Skins means nothing except for the fact it moved the Redskins down the draft board one spot.

However, the one bright spot I took from this postseason is that the Skins beat three of the four teams they played that made it to the post season. 

To me, that at least means this team, as bad as it was, was able to play with some of the elite teams in the league.

Granted that doesn't mean a whole hell of a lot, 6-10 is still 6-10, but I credit that to the coaching of Mike Shanahan.

Shanny, for all of the flack he's taken with the whole McNabb benching fiasco, did coach up a terrible team to not only six wins but six of the Skins' losses were by less than six points.  So there is something to build off of.

So what does all this mean for next season (if there is a next season)?

Well, it means the team is moving in the right direction.  A piece here and a piece there this offseason and maybe three or four of those close losses turn into wins and 9-7 or 10-6 might get you into the playoffs.

I'm not trying to paint some rosy picture here, but I think a great deal of the fanbase has become very pessimistic (and for good reason) with this team, but I don't think the immediate future is as bleak as they'd like to paint it.

Make no mistake, this team was pretty bad this season, and they aren't a player or two away from hoisting the Lombardi Trophy.

However, they might just be a player or two away from a Wild Card berth.  And as several teams recently have shown us, all you need to do is get hot at the right time.