Redskins owner Dan Synder has never been afraid to go sign the “prized” free agent over the years: Bruce Smith, Deion Sanders, and most recently Albert Haynesworth. Sure they were big splashes at the time, but it is nothing like the buzz Robert Griffin III is creating right now.
As one of the oldest football franchises, the Redskins have a very rich history. In the Super Bowl era alone Washington has captured 3 Lombardi Trophy’s. Unlike other great franchises that enjoyed success in the Super Bowl era though, the Redskins have won with 3 different quarterbacks.
- Steelers won 4 with Terry Bradshaw and 2 with Ben Roethlisberger
- 49ers won 4 with Joe Montana and 1 with Steve Young
- Cowboys won 3 with Troy Aikman and 2 with Roger Staubach
- The Redskins have won 1 with Joe Theismann, Doug Williams, and Mark Rypien
Joe Gibbs was able to put together teams that could control the pace of the game. All three of these teams had speed on the outside, which opened up the bruising running game and vice versa. They could out score teams, and pound out close games with time of possession.
Between Head Coach Mike Shanahan and GM Bruce Allen, the 2012 Redskins are lining up players that will get them back on this track. With one exception: multiple Super Bowl appearances with one quarterback under center.
New Look Redskins
- Solidifying A Quarterback: Trading up to grab Robert Griffin III was the best move the Redskins made in a long time. He has an arm to be reckoned with. Great accuracy with all his throws including the deep ball. There is no question about his leadership ability. Plus he has the speed to push any defense past their limit – GAME BREAKER
- Speedy Playmaking Wide Receivers: Signing Pierre Garcon and Josh Morgan is a good start. Garcon posted career best numbers last season WITHOUT Peyton Manning throwing him the ball in Indy last season.
- Bringing Back The Hogs: Drafting Trent Williams and getting that left tackle was huge. Setting the tone up front is so important, it’s always nice to keep the quarterback on his feet. Even though Rex Grossman was horrible last year, the line was a good unit.
The Old Guard
Like all things in this world there must be a balance. The Redskins will have an influx of new players with free agency and the upcoming draft. That means some of the players who have been bright spots for the Redskins over the last couple years might have played their last game in Washington.
These players may never get the recognition that they deserve. They played on a teams without a steady QB, and never sustained success in the win column, but Santana Moss and Chris Cooley were great Redskins and if they are cut, I will miss rooting for them on Sunday.
Hail To The Redskins!