The silver lining in yet another miserable Redskins loss is that it was a potentially great day for their long-term future. With their loss to the Dolphins and wins by the Rams, Jaguars, Cardinals and Seahawks, the Washington Redskins are creeping closer to the top of the 2012 NFL draft. The funny thing is—just a few weeks ago, I was advocating for and NBA-style lottery system.
My thinking was that, with all the the talk about teams tanking the season to land Andrew Luck, this would be a great time to implement the lottery. The Redskins would benefit because they'd be battling for that final NFC playoff spot but probably fall just short. They would end up in the lottery with a chance to draft Luck, and the NFL would make a big production (NFL? Big production? No, they wouldn't do that...would they?) out of the draft lottery show during the off week between the Conference Championship Games and the Super Bowl. It would be great, right? Uhhhhh nevermind, Mr. Goodell.
The Redskins are in total free fall mode, and that familiar dark cloud seems to be hanging over the franchise again. I feel as bad about this team as I can remember, considering the next seven weeks of misery that awaits.
Is it me, or do there appear to be more questions going into this off-season than last off-season? Along with the obvious and cavernous hole at the quarterback position, the Skins must address the offensive line, wide receiver position, secondary, inside linebacker, and probably tight end (considering the health of Chris Cooley and the impending free agency of Fred Davis).
Raise your hand if you think the Skins can address enough of these issues to be viable in 2012. I need to add my weekly disclaimer by saying that I'm not in favor of firing Mike Shanahan. However, watching this team in its current state is giving me less and less confidence that the program is going in the right direction.
I am willing to see this thing through and look for the positives, though the pain of watching these games will soon require Novocaine. With the right quarterback in place, maybe we'll have a totally different feeling this time next year.
Also, consider this as a silver lining. Given the choice of addressing the offense or the defense in the off-season, would Dan Snyder really choose defense and risk having a bad, unwatchable offense if he were making football decisions? It's far-fetched—I know, but I gotta find positives wherever I can find them these days.