It's been some time since we've had regular season football, and things in the NFL have shaken up quite a bit this offseason/pre-season. The Giants have nearly completely re-tooled their entire offense, the Patriots have shipped out vets for new vets, the Raiders may have ended Crabtree's career before it got started, and the Redskins dished out money for big names like usual. Point being, these franchises tend to do this stuff regularly, and well, the Redskins only added improvement from last year, not decreased their ability to provide. The line is arguably better behind Derrick Dockery who returned from Buffalo. The young receivers are hitting a stride that you expected last year, but you can't always have homerun hitting rookies. And the addition of Marcus Mason at Running Back is sure to give us a big weapon if he lives up to what fans think is all-around natural talent.
Defensively, adding Haynesworth is going to provide better pass-rush from all over, and allow a 5-man blitz with LaRon Landry who can cover man-to-man to do just that, so that we still have a zone defender, and we can get to the QB. Orakpo can play all over the field, and the Redskins feel they have a lot of Linebackers/DE's who can play the hybrid switch (I'm still hoping to switch to a 3-4 at some point in the next couple of years, and it seems likely if the Cowher rumors are really true).
Where I am concerned though, is every year we say we've got something left to prove. And a lot of these guys say they bonded through the tragic death of Safety Sean Taylor... well I hope they realized he spent his professional life as a Redskin, and if you want to honor him, you go and win one as a Redskin and send a ring home to his family.
It's time to put the pieces together, put your pride behind you, and go in with every intention of gathering yourselves as a team. Pick guys up from the field. Hold your heads high after a mistake. Go out and capitalize. Have FUN! But more importantly than all that... play every single down like you'll never play again, because that's the only way you'll ever exceed your abilities.
So what I'm hoping to see is 11 men on every play going all in. If we're in a field-goal block formation - all 11 guys better go in for the block, because you don't overwhelm 6 on 9. When we have a punt return, 10 guys better block with all they have to get Randle-El, Moss, Hall, or whoever else is returning punts at least 10 yards up the field. And then I want to see guys really put their bodies on the line going over the middle. This is professional football, and the great teams have selfless players who put a 6 yard grab on 3rd and 10 over the middle ahead of everything else. You make your money and win championships by doing just that. If you don't want a championship, I don't care if you're the best player in the league... you're not going to win one, and I don't want you, no matter who you are, representing a team I've clutched my chest for year after year.
So Hail To The Redskins! And good luck to the other 28 teams around the league (I show no love to the Cowboys, Giants, or Eagles) this season.