Saturday, April 29, 2006

Stupid Stupid Redskins

The Redskins are the only team in the NFL that seems to have no idea of the value of draft picks. They haphazardly waste draft picks every single year on pointless endeavors, frequently simply sacrificing the quality of picks for expediency, when if they just refrained from doing so one year they wouldn't end up with inferior picks year after year. And it wouldn't be a draft without the Redskins throwing away future picks, trading two 2nd round draft picks and a 6th to get one 2nd round draft pick in return. Great job, Danny Boy. Just like they traded away a 1st, a 3rd and a 4th last year to get a low 1st round pick which they used on a projected 2nd rounder. That was another brilliant one. Or the year before when they traded a 2nd for a third. Or the year before that when they lost their 1st, 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th round picks to sign restricted free agents, none of whom is still with the team. It would be one thing if it were like New England or Green Bay, trading to get someone that had fallen down from the first round. But nobody had McIntosh projected for the first round, and he might very well have lasted a lot closer to the Redskins pick. And of course, the Patriots also paid a much cheaper price (a 2nd and a 3rd rather than 2 2nds and a 6th). The way you build a successful franchise in the NFL (Steelers, Patriots, Eagles etc.) is to draft smart and get a core that are signed to reasonable contracts. The Redskins don't get this, and their chronic impatience leads to perpetually inferior draft hauls, which causes them to overrely on free agency, which leads to constant dead money and thin rosters, and of course then there will be the inevitable point when they can't push back the money they've already paid back any farther and they have to take a death year or two just to get fiscal responsibility in place. It's a good thing the Redskins have so much money to spend, because their absolutely incompetent front office would have this team in dead last perennially if it weren't for what essentially amount to accounting games, and of course, outspending everyone in the league on coaches, who are of vital importance. If I were a rival GM, the first team I'd look to deal with every time would be the Redskins, because they make the absolute dumbest moves in the league year in and year out. And this is yet another one. I just knew the Redskins couldn't make it through the draft without doing something stupid, and of course, they didn't let me down.


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