Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 1/12/13
In the past, it has seemed as though the only way to deal with the Washington Redskins was to pick someone, or something, to direct your anger at and blame for why the team wasn’t able to find success. Likewise, there have always been easy scapegoats, deserving or not, readily available. Often times the quarterback serves this purpose, with some more deserving than others. The offensive line has taken its share of heat as well. The coaches haven’t been spared either. And throughout that entire time, Dan Snyder made a seemingly appropriate target of fans frustration and blame. Mike Shanahan and RGIII both deserve praise for an incredible season   This year the Redskins have made it difficult for us. Dan Snyder, whether people want to believe it or not, has done a fantastic job of stepping back and giving the coaches the power and control they need to build a good team, as opposed to simply a profitable franchise. He is no longer, as someone put it, trying to fly his private jet onto the sideline. And although, I’ll admit, I was skeptical of Kyle Shanahan’s abilities, you have to give him credit as well. Mike Shanahan has done an outstanding job of rebuilding and restructuring a team that was, to put it lightly, a mess. The offensive line has been nothing short of impressive this year, so they’re safe in the blame game as well. And while the defense served as a very good, and at times appropriate, scapegoat for the better part of this season, they cannot be completely to blame for last week’s loss to the Seahawks. So you’re left with 4 options: blame RGIII, blame Shanahan for playing RGIII, blame the doctors for allowing Shanahan to play RGIII, or move on from that and focus on the fact that at 10-6 and Champions of the NFC East, the Redskins had an incredibly successful season. (Or, for old time’s sake, you can chock this one up to being Jason Campbell’s fault.) If you want to explore all the intricacies and speculations as to who’s to blame for the 24-14 loss you can read about it virtually everywhere. But the fact is that none of us know the whole story. For example, most people don’t realize that Cousins did not have a full week of practice because he had the flu. Maybe that had something to do with it, maybe not. Shanahan stated he went with his gut, and acknowledged that his gut is not always right. But all the speculation in the world won’t change the facts, so instead of trying to place blame, let’s try to focus on the positives and look ahead to next year and the possible implications of RGIII’s injury. There have been arguments made for the Redskins to draft another quarterback this year. I personally don’t see how, or why, they would do that. Remember, they have no first or second round picks and the 2013 draft class is running low on talented quarterbacks to begin with. Kirk Cousins still lacks experience but I would take him over a new, untested, rookie. He has played in some of the biggest, highest-pressure situations imaginable and that has to count for something. It certainly gives him something to build on during the offseason. Kirk Cousins has played in high-pressure situations and will likely be a better quarterback because of it   If anything, it may be beneficial for them to look at an older, more experienced quarterback. Grossman has served a very good purpose this year and has been beneficial in helping Kyle Shanahan develop the two rookies. But he does not serve as a very good option for a backup to Cousins if RGIII is out in terms of actually  having to play. There is so much uncertainty in the NFL at the moment as to who each team will keep on their roster. Presumably any number of players, Kevin Kolb, Matt Flynn, Mark Sanchez, etc. could find themselves wearing a different jersey in the 2013 season. I know a lot of these guys are not free agents but with Matt Flynn, for example, with his fairly large contract, it would not benefit the Seahawks to pay him 5 or 6 million (not sure of the exact number) to sit on the bench. The Redskins don’t have much to offer in terms of draft picks, and it would be unwise to do so anyways, but one thing about Snyder that you can’t argue with is his ability to come through for us in big trades. I’m not saying all of those trades have been good, just making the point that they happened. While it would be unlikely that a guy such as Mark Sanchez (just an example) would come to the Redskins as a backup to RGIII, if RGIII is unable to start the season the likelihood increases. Even if RGIII is able to start the 2013 season it would be beneficial for them to wait a little bit before letting him get back in the game. That’s one thing I’m sure Shanahan learned from the Seahawks game. And just to throw it out there, the Washington Redskins have to be looking far more appealing to players on other teams than they have in recent years. The Redskins surprised everyone (in a good way this time) this year and it appears as though the drama-filled Albert Hayensworth days are finally behind them (knock on wood) assuming people get over speculating about who is to blame for last weeks loss.  So be proud of the burgundy and gold and if you would like, share your thoughts and opinions on the matter.   “Many may question, criticize & think they have all the right answers. But few have been in the line of fire in battle.”- Robert Griffin III   (Season recap coming in a few days.)
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