Thursday, March 8, 2012

Peyton's "No Thanks" to Skins Should Be the Wake Up Call Fans and Organization Need

When Peyton Manning signs with Miami or Arizona or whomever he signs with who is not named the Washington Redskins, it should then become the sole reason why the Skins should take a pass on the idea of trading draft picks for RG3.

Manning is going to go somewhere where he can win immediately, somewhere that gives him the best chance to win a title within 2-3 years. DC is not that place. And the Skins fans and the Skins front office, need to recognize that by Manning telling Dan Snyder and the Shanahans, "Thanks, but no thanks", he'll be bringing perspective to what the situation is here in Washington. A situation that also doesn't include the ability to give up 4 draft picks for a 22 year old kid who hasn't taken an NFL snap.

The Redskins don't need Manning now. They don't need RG3 now. They need to continue to build a roster, so that when the next Manning or RG3 situation presents itself, they can act on it in a responsible manner.

I've heard all the arguments. "We have to win now!" or the "Shanny is on a short leash!" or "We're sick of not having a franchise Quarterback!" or "but were over $40 million under the cap!". They're all wrong

The reason for this is because of the way the Redskins have conducted themselves, pretty much, since Dan Snyder bought the team. Irresponsibly.

When you're the off season champs every year, signing high priced free agents who don't give you good return on your dollar, you're a loser. When you don't do your homework, and you don't take pause when a divisional foe opts to trade their 33 year old veteran QB to you for valuable draft picks, you're a loser.

When your fan base's mentality is so jaded and frustrated, that they cannot get the "quick fix" mentality out of their playbook when it comes to building a winner, you're a loser.

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting different results -Albert Einstein

Redskin fans: Look at your needs, and look at why Peyton Manning scoffs (and probably laughs) at the idea of coming here.

Arguably, the Skins have the worst corp of receivers in the NFC East, possibly in the NFC, and possibly in the entire league. All 5'10" (allegedly) and 33 years of Santana Moss, is the center piece of what is an embarrassingly bad (and green) group.

Your patchwork offensive line is highlighted by starting left tackle (and QB blindside protector) Trent Williams, who is one bong hit away from missing an entire season. Your most productive offensive player, Fred Davis, is also just one failed piss test away from being shelved for a season. And based on his recent franchise tag, he would be shelved by the Redskins forever, if he were to fail that test again.

So where is the enticement for Manning? Where are the pieces for a young RG3? Oh, that's right, they'll go out and get them in free agency, because that has worked so well in the past.

When you spend like a drunken sailor year in and year out for the good part of 12 years, you're not afforded the luxury of luring in a Peyton Manning or trading up for an RG3. And the Skins are still in their paying the price mode for doing so.

Less the McNabb snafu, Bruce Allen and Mike Shanahan have done a pretty nice job here, bringing some levity and youth to the situation. Last year's draft was arguably the finest in recent Redskin history. 12 draft picks, 10 of which saw the field in their rookie campaign.

This fan base is frustrated, no doubt. I'm part of it. But everyone needs to take a deep breath, and put things in perspective. You're not in the right frame of mind, when in the course of a month, the talking points are Peyton to DC, to trading up for RG3, to not trading up for RG3 because its too expensive, to (back) to Peyton to DC, to "what if we could sign Peyton and trade up for RG3?"

Was that last paragraph a formula for building an NFL winner or was it ripped from the script of Sybil.

Hopefully Manning's respectful decline to the Redskins' courtship of him, will make it easier for people to read the writing on the wall here; that this team is still in a rebuild. Its not the right time for Manning. Its not the right time to sell the farm for RG3. Continue to maintain the course of a team coming out of the fog of a 12 year willy nilly spending spree.

And then the next time (next season, by the way) the big name FA quarterback presents itself, or the next great thing (Barkley or Jones) is coming out of the draft, the Redskins will be in a prime (responsible) position to pounce.

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1 comment:

  1. I don't know why people keep thinking that Dan Snyder is going to magically transform himself into Robert Kraft or Jim Ersay. It takes patience, restraint, and foresight to build a team like those guys and it's just not in Snyder's DNA. They made tough decisions like cutting Edgerrin James, Richard Seymour, Randy Moss and many others. They gamble on young "unproven" guys with good character and when it works out they get a lot of production for way under market value, then they repeat the cycle. Danny boy ends up signing all of the bad character guys and they crap out because they can't get back from a small nagging injury, or can't learn a new system e.g. Fat Albert, Clinton Portis, Malcolm Kelly. We're crazy if we think Snyder is capable of "doing it the right way." It's never gonna happen and I've accepted it. I thought I could just stop caring about them, but I can't, so we might as well take RG3 and hope that we strike gold then the rest will fall into place. It's a lot easier building a team when you have a good young QB because he makes other people better. Cam Newton saved Steve Smith's career. I don't like the strategy of getting all of the other pieces then worrying about a QB later. What if those pieces don't fit right with the QB you get next year? Or in the process of rebuilding we go 3-13, some key players lose interest and want out, then a couple coaches get fired. A bad QB like Grossman can lead everyone to question whether we're making good decisions and moving in the right direction.


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