The Redskins have rebuilt this year, in a way. Mike Shanahan is the new head cheese which should serve the Redskins well. He is an excellent coach with a proven track record. Another change is the much-publicized defection of Donovan McNabb from the Eagles to the division-rival Redskins. McNabb is supposedly the man to take the Redskins back to the playoffs, but he is already having injury troubles. One must wonder how far he can take them on a gimpy leg that will probably become worst as the season wears on.
Clinton Portis gets help in the running game this year in Larry Johnson and Willie Parker. It’s pretty evident that they need it, as the Redskins were on of the worst rushing teams last year. All three of these guys are past their prime, so it’s difficult to see how much they can actually contribute. Then there’s the injury history to consider as well.
The combo of Shanahan and McNabb should serve well. As long as they can shut Albert Haynesworth up or ship him out, they should be serviceable on defense as they were last year. McNabb has a playmaker in Santana Moss that should be exciting to watch.
In the end I think the Redskins will be a vicinity with the Eagles. They will finish 9-7, unless McNabb has a couple more tricks up his sleeve.
By Josh Delp of the Sports Fan Blog Network
It has been a busy off-season for the Washington Redskins, which is centered on the acquisition of Donovan McNabb. Some think that McNabb will lead the Redskins to new heights, but it is difficult to think this is true because he will not have too much to work with. From a coaching perspective, Mike Shanahan is at the top. The offensive line is garbage, and the wide receiving core is past their prime.
But Redskins fans are hoping that their running backs will produce. On paper, a running back trio comprised of Clinton Portis, Larry Johnson, and Willie Parker looks good. But in reality, it is not. After some productive seasons, Willie Parker does not provide too much. And, injuries always come into question. With Larry Johnson, the risk has essentially no reward to lead to. He only averaged 3.3 yards per carry last year, and is absolutely a team distraction. Portis is a good player, but is coming off of a bad injury, and is aging a little bit, in terms of running-back standards.
The Redskins will certainly be a better team this year. At the very least, Donovan McNabb will provide a spark. But in reality, he has big names to hand off the ball to. That doesn’t mean those players will produce.
by David at the Sports Fan Blog Network