A new Era starts today for the Washington Redskins. Again. Seems like there is a new Era every few season.
This time it feels a bit different. Much different. Deservedly so. A monumental coaching change has occurred that transformed the franchise. Gone is a coach who had good intention, but was simply way over his head, hired by a front office that was, well, in over its head. Enter GM Bruce Allen. A true NFL professional front office charged by an owner that has stepped away and turned the team over to Allen and new HC Mike Shanahan.
The Allen led front office revamped and overhauled the entire Redskins roster, adding over 40 new players to the mix, promising competition at nearly every positions. Just ask Andre Carter. Carter, a defensive end in last year’s system, switched to outside linebacker in a new 3-4 hybrid scheme being implemented by new Defensive Coordinator Jim Haslett. Carter faces competition by another transplant, last year DT Lorenzo Alexander, who is moving to outside linebacker.
The Redskins boast a new starting quarterback in Donovan McNabb, who Shanahan hopes will jump start a dull Redskins offense. Additionally, the Redskins offensive lien will feature three new starters out of the five. Only OG Derrick Dockey and C Casey Rabach return to the starting Line from last season.
You get the picture. For the first time in a few season, not only do Redskins fans have a reason to be excited, Redskins football returning, but also a legitimate reason to actually hold HOPE. A cultural change has transpired in Washington, not only from an organizational standpoint, but a roster standpoint. Front office wise, a brand new public relations approach has been installed to make the Washington Redskins franchise friendlier and more open. Yours truly here at DC Pro Sports Report have been give Redskins Media Credentials. Thank you Bruce Allen.
The roster will feature several high impact roster battles, including outside linebacker, safety, second wide receiver, defensive end, running back, and more. It’s exciting as hell!
It is a new era in DC. A welcome one at that!
We have been there before. The return of Joe Gibbs in 2004 also lifted similar type hopes. So what is different? Gibbs Era II was not exactly a overwhelming success. So what’s different?
Answer is --- Mike Shanahan and Bruce Allen with Dan Snyder stepping away. It’s that simple. Professionalism in the front office and on the coaching staff has raised REAL expectations and for once, those expectations are worthy.
It’s time. It’s Redskins Football!