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During the first decade of Dan Snyder’s ownership of this team, members of the media and fans began preaching that the Redskins would not succeed until they were able to benefit from stability and continuity. It was nice to say, but proved tougher to accomplish. For one reason or another, something was always changing:


Charlie Casserly was fired as general mananger. Norv Turner was fired as head coach.  Marty Schottenheimer was hired, then fired, as both. Steve Spurrier was hired as head coach and Vinny Cerrato was hired as the personnel man. Joe Gibbs was brought in to coach after Spurrier quit. Even within the short-term stability of Coach Gibbs’ second tenure here, the offense was completely changed after two years. Cerrato stuck around to lead the personnel decisions and Jim Zorn became the head coach. During those two seasons he was ineffective and, at times, undermined by the front office.


Finally, near the end of the 2009 season, Snyder hired Bruce Allen as the general manager and then, once the season ended, they hired Mike Shanahan as the head coach. Shanahan proceeded to hire Kyle Shanahan to run the offense and Jim Haslett to run the defense. Why have I spent two paragraphs covering something that we all know? Because, lost in the hype of some exciting new players and events on the field, what has been overshadowed is that the Redskins are now entering their fourth year with that exact same structure: Allen/Shanahan/Shanahan/Haslett.


The continuity of a franchise is important from the top all the way down. The top layers are able to work with the coaching staff to define an organizational philosophy. This allows for much easier personnel decisions. Allen knows during the draft and free agency periods what types of players fit the schemes and the goals of the offensive and defensive coordinators. No longer is Schottenheimer trying to run a conservative offense with a roster full of players who were acquired to excel in Turner’s aerial offense. When a franchise changes its identity every couple of years, it’s stuck having to try to fit square pegs into round holes.


That leads to the second advantage. Over four off-seasons, the roster is now completely filled with players that Allen and Shanahan want here. We’ve gone through the roster growing pains (having to purge the bad fits, aging veterans, malcontents, etc.) and now there is a distinct purpose for every player. No longer is Haslett being asked to play Albert Haynesworth out of position because we just cannot afford to cut him. Our current team is no longer attempting to win with someone else’s players. Everyone who makes the 53-man roster is a fit for some aspect of our offensive or defensive goals. This depth is also important since most teams lose important players during the year due to injury. The quality of your backups (Rob Jackson seamlessly filling in for Brian Orakpo, for example) can be the difference between 8-8 and 11-5.


Lastly, the schemes can evolve and become more intricate. After four off-seasons of establishing the fundamentals of what offenses and defenses are designed to do, coordinators can now start to innovate. They can begin adding wrinkles to base packages to put the best players in ideal situations. When a team is learning a new offense, coaches must devote most of their practice time to pure X’s and O’s. The players need to learn the basics so there is less time to advance to the next level. Currently, the Redskin staff can spend more time analyzing the strengths of the players and drawing up new ways to highlight them.


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Not that it needs to be mentioned... but a nugget about how few of the STARTERS from the Cerrato regime that were released that have even been given shots with other teams is staggering.

 

And they were STARTING for us then.

 

Good write-up.

 

Continuity is severly underrated.  Now we don't have to focus on learning schemes and acquiring personnel (to the same extent anyways).  We can focus on maturing and refining the scheme and the playbook.

 

Thanks again, LL.

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I read this earlier.

 

We really could be in the position to run the NFC East for the next couple of years.

 

The Giants and Cowboys are about to start rebuilding soon. The Eagles are in year one of a rebuild. And the Redskins are pretty much entering their prime right now. It's been a tough 4 years for Shanahan, but I don't think there is no other coach in the NFL (Not named John Harbaugh, but not by much) that I would rather have.

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I believe that right now, this team, this year, may ended up being the best we've ever fielded in the last 20 years. And I'm saying that as one of the more realistic/objective posters here. I call it like I see it. And right now, I see a team that has the potential to contend, this year, if guys stay healthy.

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I read this earlier.

 

We really could be in the position to run the NFC East for the next couple of years.

 

The Giants and Cowboys are about to start rebuilding soon. The Eagles are in year one of a rebuild. And the Redskins are pretty much entering their prime right now. It's been a tough 4 years for Shanahan, but I don't think there is no other coach in the NFL (Not named John Harbaugh, but not by much) that I would rather have.

The Cowboys have a ton of talent. Where is the REbuilding? Most of their players are under 30. They have a very young offensive line for the most part. Romo sits to pee can play for 4 more years. Dez Bryant not going anywhere. They just drafted a tight end to replace Witten when he retires in THREE years. They just signed their best linebacker to a 6 year deal and they have 2 cornerbacks who are young and not going anywhere. Sure they are struggling in the safety department but they may draft 2 after this season like we did.

 

Where do some of you fans get your information from because it must be from the National ENQUIRER and not the National Football League. Jerry Jones is the one who started that rumor last season with his statement about the Cowboys window closing, but as I see it they will be extremely competitive for at least 2 more seasons and possibly 3 with the core group they now have and they have number one draft picks and free agency to replace Ware or any defensive lineman after this season, so don't let your Bergundy Glasses cloud your vision. The Cowboys can win this division with the talent they have and I have already predicted that we will split with them this year. I hate Dallas...always have...but I will not overlook their obvious talent in most areas including the best field goal kicker in the NFC.

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The Cowboys have a ton of talent. Where is the REbuilding? Most of their players are under 30. They have a very young offensive line for the most part. Romo sits to pee can play for 4 more years. Dez Bryant not going anywhere. They just drafted a tight end to replace Witten when he retires in THREE years. They just signed their best linebacker to a 6 year deal and they have 2 cornerbacks who are young and not going anywhere. Sure they are struggling in the safety department but they may draft 2 after this season like we did.

 

Where do some of you fans get your information from because it must be from the National ENQUIRER and not the National Football League. Jerry Jones is the one who started that rumor last season with his statement about the Cowboys window closing, but as I see it they will be extremely competitive for at least 2 more seasons and possibly 3 with the core group they now have and they have number one draft picks and free agency to replace Ware or any defensive lineman after this season, so don't let your Bergundy Glasses cloud your vision. The Cowboys can win this division with the talent they have and I have already predicted that we will split with them this year. I hate Dallas...always have...but I will not overlook their obvious talent in most areas including the best field goal kicker in the NFC.

lol When you come at me, you better come correct and make sure you know what I am talking about.

I said the Cowboys and Giants are ABOUT!!! to start rebuilding.

You said yourself that, "but as I see it they will be extremely competitive for at least 2 more seasons and possibly 3 with the core group they now". Then you going to come at me talking about I get my information from the National Enquirer when you basically just said the exact same thing I said. lol Get real son.

 

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