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The fears documented in my last blog (Bye Donavan) just over a month ago played out much to my disappointment this weekend when Washington dropped their rematch with the New York Giants Sunday. I’ve never been big on New Year’s resolutions but if you’re a true Washington Redskins fan 6-10 is unacceptable. Even 8-8 reeks for a city that has hosted three post Super Bowl parades in three decades. Sigh… I really enjoyed the holidays with loved ones, family and friends—cool gifts without even asking for anything special. The holiday glow like the Redskins has dimmed and it’s back to work. However, since I did not ask for much Xmas 2010, I thought it would not hurt to get started on a list for the 2011 holiday season.

• Peace on earth good will towards all of course.
• A fully recovered economy.
• An offensive scheme that works.
• A defensive pass rush or at least a solid line backing corp.
• A quarterback who starts 99% of the schedule.
• And how about if I’m really good—the Redskins make the playoffs for the first time in four years?

Naturally it’s always easier to list the things you don’t want or desire least like…

• Lack of production or cooperation from supposedly talented behemoths tabbing themselves defensive specialist. Also see, cash cows who fail to produce.

• Surprise announcements of all-pro future hall of fame quarterbacks named to the position of quarterback.

• Excuses from an experienced coach regarding player personnel and development seven games into the season.

Starting with my wish list I think all of Redskin nation is waiting to see a better semblance of offensive football. We are tired of watching an off brand of backyard football played at a speedier clip. This is not the 90s where a straight on offensive packages will get the job done. Defensive play is as specialized as the offensive side of the ball. Not once this season did I hear mention of the younger Shanahan’s offensive system.

Wow, we need a pass rush! Offensive teams in the NFC are loading up against the Skins and going long. Washington’s DB’s have got to be the hardest working guys in the NFL. Since that high dollar guy who naps between plays is not working out the organization needs to draft some hungry defensive talent. Linebacker U in PA is known to have a few good linebackers on occasion, not to mention the talent across town in College Park that has seemingly been out of reach? London Fletcher has the heart of a lion and still hits a ton but he’s now older than the oldest Over The Hill Gang members from Redskin lore.

Fletcher can still play but his last seasons would be even better if he had a couple of talented young guys to his right and left.
Please Dan Snyder, Bruce Allen and Coach Shanahan, no more all-pro all promises surprises in the marquee position. A Doug Williams only comes along twice a century. The Mcnabb implosion would be more acceptable if the coaching staff had done more than just wind him up and expect him to win eleven games. Michael Vick is one of the top rated passers in Philadelphia this year because he still had talent, he worked hard to improve his game and Coach Andy Reid monitored and critiqued Vick’s progress as needed.

I’m not sure if Rex Grossman will play beyond journeyman status in the NFL, but if he is the starter beginning the 2011 season--work with the guy, get behind him and prepare him to be the team’s starter.
Coach Shanahan has two rings of his own from Super Bowls past so I am not expecting him to shrug off a six win season. He’s been around some of the best and should know what he’s working with before the midway point of a new season. Whatever the plan or resolution for the 2011 season, Redskins fans want winners.

Jdon Howard


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