Back before the season began, I predicted that the Skins would likely have another 7-9 type of season full of mediocrity. They’d tease us with competent play, mostly coming from the defense, with the offense holding us back from any form of competitiveness. The FO would fire Jay, get a new coach for Haskins, and trick themselves into thinking they’re a few players away from being playoff bound.
My, how wrong I was. This team is an absolute dumpster fire. And oddly enough, I’m happy for it. Not because I want them to lose, but because it is the only way for the FO and ownership to realize the truth: that we were never that close to begin with. That our talent, compared to most of the league, is bottom 10 and below.
Yes, ownership is the problem. And if you want to ignore the rest of what I’ll say below based on that, I get it. Smart money says we’ll never succeed under Snyder. But the only way you get out from horrible management is raw talent. And for the first time in a long time, the Redskins look like they’ll be out of NFL purgatory and finally get some top level talent.
This team, at best, is a 4-12 unit. Definitely good enough for a top 5 pick. Realistically, 3-13 and below is on the table, with the Jets and Dolphins being two teams that I can see the Skins being slight favorites against. That’s exactly what this franchise has needed for years. A good dose of suck that nets a high pick for acquiring talent. If Haskins can show enough on tape that you think you can build around him, even better - now you can dangle that top pick to a QB needy team and pull off an RGIII/Wentz type of trade. And if the rookie is so bad you think we need to pull an Arizona & Kyler Murray, well this is as good a QB class as any to do it in. If the FO ever gets its head out of it’s ass, maybe it will even trade Trent for a 2nd rounder and see what else we can get for Kerrigan, etc. Clean house, tear it down, and start all over.
The only problem with all of this is that the Redskins didn’t intend to do any of this. They thought they were good enough to compete. That somehow a roster with Case Keenum at QB, down an elite LT, with ****ty defensive coaching, could be competitive. And to be fair, I didn’t see just how bad we are coming either. But because of that, I feel it makes it worse. It stokes more anger and hurt that our team is this bad.
But even if unintentional, it’s for the best. We finally won’t say at the end of the year as we’re 7-9 “man, we really need a 2-14 type of season” cuz it is here. The medicine is bitter and sucks going down, but it’s the only thing that can fix this broken franchise.