Friday, March 26, 2010
Every Roster Spot is Up for Grabs
This past Wednesday, head coach Mike Shanahan announced that he will not name a starting quarterback before training camp and every player will be competing for starting spots.
This means Jason Campbell will enter camp without being name the starting quarterback. For most of yesterday, I thought about this thoroughly and after overreacting to the news in some sorts, this is the right decision for Shanahan.
Before you bring your arguments on why can't they just name Campbell their starter and fix the O-Line, let's briefly look at the Redskins performance in 2009. They went 4-12 and finish last in the NFC East.
Over the course of the season, the Redskins struggled to score a touchdown. The offense average nearly 17 points per game and scoring over 30 points once. While Campbell passed for over 3,000 yards and 20 touchdowns, he had 15 interceptions, and 11 fumbles. Also, he couldn't lead the team in a two minute offense in the 4th Quarter. In fact, Campbell often look clueless in critical moments when the team had a chance to win.
Defense was okay in some games, but it lack creating turnovers, and give up big plays in key moments. Remember the Saints game when Laron Laundry was burned in coverage from Robert Meachem?? In fact, Laundry suck at the safety position throughout his NFL career. As for special teams, other then the Josh Bidwell signing, it remains uncertain whether who will be the placekicker next season.
This is also first time in a while that the Redskins and the front office are not having a one-player away mentality. For the last decade, Daniel Snyder and Vinny Cerrato will always have that mentality by signing a big named free agent player and assumed they will be in the Super Bowl the following season.
In 2010, that is not the case. Shanahan and GM Bruce Allen are carefully examining the roster and how much it needs to improve. Therefore, I'm all for an open competition. This team struggled and lacked depth and its needs the best 53 man roster available. But it will be a long struggling process since this team needs help in both offense and defense.
Coming up later, why Mike Shanahan will select Tim Tebow in the 2nd round of the NFL Draft?