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I know. We have no quarterback. We have no offensive line. We have too many old people and yet too many young people. We're a team in rebuilding mode, and we just need to hunker down and accept that we're going to lose.
The fact is, even a moderate improvement on the offense and defense could put the Redskins back on the winning track. I'm not saying they make the playoffs by any stretch, but winning is still feasible and within reach.
The teams we face next season have a combined record of 121 wins and 135 losses from last season. Only three of the non-divisional opponents we face made the playoffs in 2010—the Patriots, the Jets and the 7-9 Seahawks.
You say the team has quarterback issues? So do the Cardinals, Panthers, 49ers, Dolphins, Seahawks and Vikings.
The quarterback situations on all those teams are all fluid: The Panthers and Vikings seem poised to start rookie quarterbacks; the Cardinals and Seahawks seem likely to reach out and sign free agents, who will have a truncated training camp in which to digest new playbooks; Alex Smith seems likely to return to the 49ers, but his play has been anything but consistent and he'll be learning yet another new offense; Chad Henne will be learning a new offense as well, and he has also struggled with consistency.
Even the reigning Offensive Rookie of the Year Sam Bradford will have to digest a new playbook in a limited amount of time.
If the Redskins have one thing going for them, it's continuity—something that a lot of the teams they face do not have. New head coaches, new quarterbacks, new coordinators abound everywhere on the teams they face.
Assuming Rex Grossman is re-signed, that is two quarterbacks who already know the offense. A whole team in one offense and one defense for more than one season, who will make improvements in free agency.
Looking at all the factors, the Redskins looked better poised for a bounce-back season than to be dwelling in the cellars of the NFL.
I'm not predicting we make a Super Bowl run at all. But an 8-8 or 9-7 season isn't at all out of reach, all things considered. Another touchdown here and field-goal kick there last season would've flipped the season from a 6-10 season to a 10-6 season.
The Redskins are closer to being decent (not good, mind you, but competitive at least) than they are to being dreadful. With (hopefully) less team distractions, an influx of youth and talent and teams potentially being worse off than we are (hey, win's a win, no matter who you beat or how you do it), the Redskins seem poised to have a bounce-back season.
And that's probably the most bold prediction of them all.