Built on Tradition
After years of watching the revolving door of players and coaches filter through Redskins Park, I cannot tell you how refreshing it is to feel like those days are finally over. Don’t get me wrong I am not saying that we are going to the Super Bowl or anything but, for the first time that I can even remember, the Washington Redskins are building a real “team” and rebuilding a franchise.
A little confused? Let me explain. George Allen once said “forty men together can’t lose”, and he was right. When you have a group of men that are all on the same page working toward the same goal, nothing can stop them. Unfortunately, the Washington Redskins have rarely been on the same page for the better part of the past decade. We have seen The Danny pack the mileage on “Redskins One” trying to build the greatest fantasy football team of all time. We have seen superstar names like Bruce Smith, Deion Sanders, Jason Taylor, Albert Haynesworth, Donnovan McNabb, and so on don the burgundy and gold. Most of the time the results were ugly, and on occasion down right embarrassing. I remember watching the “Swinging Gate” play and thinking “my God what has this team become?”
Lucky for us George Allen had a son named Bruce who is busy these days rebuilding the team that we love. In my opinion the off season, thought brief, has been a statement that the Redskins are well on the way back to respectability. Not only did we actually have a draft, but our draft was full of team captains, noted leaders, and all around hard working, high character guys. Instead of making flashy superstar free agent signings we have mirrored the draft with young, let me repeat that YOUNG, character guys that care more about being a Redskins then they do about the number of zero’s on there check.
I have been amazed to find out that many of our new additions have connections to the team and the Area. Shayne Graham, was a substitute teacher working in the DMV. Tim Hightower recently traded for from Arizona, grew up inVirginia idolizing the Redskins. And Josh Wilson who just signed as a Free Agent from Baltimore, actually worked concessions at Fed Ex Field as a kid.
What’s my point? Bruce Allen lives and breathes this team. It’s not just his job he lives it. Mike Shanahan has embraced the culture even closing his comments to the fans at yesterdays fan day with “Hail to the Redskins” and we are building a roster of young guns who, are here to be Redskins, and not get a huge pay day.
If a team of men who are together like George Allen said, truly can’t lose, then someone needs to put the NFC East and the rest of the league on notice. Because for the first time since Dan Snyder bought the team, the Redskins are building a “football” team, not a “fantasy” team, and I for one could not be happier.