By Mark Pierce
To have remained a true Redskins fan over the last twenty years, you have to have developed some pretty advanced pain coping strategies. The continuous well- intentioned blundering by management, players who won’t or can’t live up to their own hype, meddling on the part of the owner, lost opportunity, and on and on. The names alone have the connotative power to bring on a good case of the shivers down the spines of real fans. Malcolm Kelly. John Beck. Spurrier. Zorn. Ad infinitum.
Someone had to tell Mr. Snyder to keep his damn hands out of the pie, but no one had the balls. It went on like that for years.
Those individuals finally arrived two years ago, in the persons of Mike Shanahan and Bruce Allen. Since the beginning of the Shanahan era, the team has steadily improved. Detractors will point out correctly that the Redskins record hasn’t reflected that trend. But rebuilding teams are losing teams. That’s the way it goes. The balance sheet will also reflect two extremely solid if not spectacular drafts during this period.
In fact, you have to go back to 2004, the year that brought Sean Taylor and Chris Cooley to Washington, to find a draft as impactful as last year’s. Ryan Kerrigan, Jarvis Jenkins, Roy Helu, Leonard Hankerson. Those names also have connotations, good ones.
Now, finally, tomorrow, we will see the major missing link added to the Redskin rolls. Add Robert Griffin III to the team assembled in the last two years and you’re going to see something.