After a Rocky Start The Future of The Washington Redskins is Suddenly in Question
The Washington Redskins are suddenly finding themselves lost in a season that seemed to once have promise. After losing to the New York Giants on September 29, the team now holds a record of 0-4 which is leading many fans and players to begin questioning the direction of the franchise.
In the off-season, the team brought in players who signaled that the team was once again striving for the playoffs. The front office brought in Pro Bowl safety, Landon Collins, and drafted big named players such as quarterback Dwayne Haskins out of Ohio State and Montez Sweat from Mississippi State. All three of these players were sure to strengthen the team and give them another shot at the playoffs. However, after a disastrous second half loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in week one, the season began to unravel.
Many are placing the blame on the coaching staff, others on the players and a lot of fans are placing the blame on owner Daniel Snyder. In Snyder’s time as the owner of the franchise, the team has had a combined record of 139-184-1 according to “Pro Football Reference”.
As shown in the records of the team throughout Snyder’s ownership, the Redskins have not had a whole lot of success in his 21 years as the managing owner of the franchise. He has been through eight head coaches without success and the team is once again finding itself at yet another crossroad as many are calling for the firing of the sixth year head coach, Jay Gruden.
This seems to be a major problem as many fans and players are now being driven away from the once dedicated fan base and decorated franchise. In an interview with Mike Jones of “USA Today,” former Redskins and now “ESPN 980” talk show host said that “These fans are sick. They are actually hurt by how horrible this team has been. These fans can’t wait to get back. It is just not what they were used to in the ‘80s, ‘90s and even ‘99.” Now that Washington home games are seemingly away games due to the overabundance of opposing fans, the front office needs to find a way to guide the team back to their winning ways.
The first step in that process seemingly needs to be grooming the quarterback of the future, 2018 first round draft pick Dwayne Haskins, to be the future leader of the franchise. Haskins has a major upside but is not ready to be handed the keys to the team just yet. After given time as quarterback in the week four game against the New York Giants, it is clear that the team needs to be patient in developing the newly-drafted quarterback. When speaking of the move to put Haskins in the game, ESPN analyst Louis Riddick called the move “One of the worst decisions,” going on to say that “It reeks of an agenda, to me, as far as he’s not ready to play, the team is suffering.”
In addition to the need to properly establish Haskins as the quarterback of the future, the coaches and front office need to figure out the lack of success from the defensive unit. The defense has produced shockingly bad statistics this season. According to NFL.com, the team is ranked 28th in the league allowing an average of 399 yards a game. With an abundance of talent on the defensive side of the ball creating a unit that once looked like it would be a top unit in the league, the defensive coordinator now seems to be in question as he has failed to succeed with the talent with which he has been provided.
After the lackluster start to the season, the team suddenly finds themselves in rebuilding mode. Many fans keep losing faith and many players are growing more and more frustrated. As many are already looking ahead to the offseason, they should set success in the future and not take the approach that has been taken for years. Instead of patching up the holes on the team, they must begin to build through the draft and set their sights on success in future years.