Friday, March 11, 2005

Free Agency + Redskins = Losing Season

I respect Coach Gibbs as a coach and a person, but he is terrible with the salary cap. He had to call a press conference to explain the approach they are taking to free agency this offseason. The Coles fiasco and the losses of Fred Smoot and Antonio Pierce really hurt the 'Skins and their chances for an improved season. Trading Coles made no sense given the $9+ million hit they took for trading him. The money that is eaten up by Coles leaves the 'Skins with no room under the cap right now.

Thank God Brunell reworked his contract. Look for them to shed some players in order to sign draft picks, because right now they have very little to work with. I have a sense it is going to be a long, sad year in Washington next year and expect more cap hits in the coming years.

Marty Shottenheimer's break down of the team (released or traded 37 players from the year prior to his arrival) helped the 'Skins avoid a salary cap calamity and he was able to keep the team competitive at 8-8 with hope for the future. However, Danny Boy could not deal with Marty and let him go. Since that time Danny Boy, Vinnie Cerrato, Pepper Rogers, the 'Ol Ball Coach (Spurrier), and the rest of the gang out at Redskins Park have worked their magic and destroyed this once proud franchise.

13 comments:

Justin's D! said...

I agree that the biggest challenge facing Gibbs is his role as GM and issues with the salary cap. I could have told you that when he was hired.

It is unfortunate how he has mismanaged the cap. However, I still think the Skins will improve upon last year's record. I am disappointed with losing Pierce but he got a mega-deal that he had to take so good for him. Smoot is also a loss and I am concerned as to who will take his spot at corner. Again, I say good riddance to Coles. For reasons I have laid out in previous emails, I still believe the Skins will be improved. The concern that I have is as many problems as they are having with the cap now what will the future hold? I agree with you that Gibbs is/was over his head with the GM duties and personnel decisions but lets see what happens.

Rob said...

It looks like reality is setting in for you. You may not have wanted to face it, but there are two HUGE problems that still face the Redskins. First, they need to cut some players or restructure contracts in order to sign draft picks. Their cap problem this year is not terrible like say Tennessee, but it is bad. The more ominous problem is that in the coming years this team is going to have some very severe cap problems to deal with.

I do not believe they will win the Super Bowl this year, and will be forced to start all over again next year. That is a sad reality facing this team right now.

Justin's D! said...

If you look at all my postings, my stance has never changed. I have been in reality since the beginning. I know Gibbs has made mistakes (most notably -- Mark Brunell). I have admitted to these from the get go. However, I still believe they will be improved over last year (something I have also been consistent with). I never said that they were going to the Super Bowl. What happens after next year remains to be seen. I will (and have been) comment only on the coming season. Please read my previous post AGAIN and you will see what I have been saying REPEATEDLY in my postings. In case you are too lazy for that, I will repeat it AGAIN! Yes, it's disappointing to lose Pierce and Smoot (AGAIN, good riddance to Coles). I still expect the defense to be solid. We will be getting Arrington back and I suppose Mike Barrow will fill in in the middle. Or maybe it will be Arrington with Lemar Marshall (who did an excellent job filling in for Arrington) at the other LB position. I think alot of the success of the defense came from Greg Williams and his schemes. There wasn't alot of talent ON PAPER on that defense -- particularly with all the injuries (Arrington, Barrow, Bowen, Griffith) but they still managed to be a top rated defense...credit Williams.

Regarding the offense, Portis and Gibbs hopefully have another year under their respective belts and will improve on last year. Ramsey is coming in as the #1 QB and really has to prove himself. Whether he does or not, he is still FAR AND AWAY better than Brunell so I expect improvement at QB. I think it's good that the receiving corps is overhauled. Gardner was soft and inconsistent and Coles proved he needed to leave. While the additions of Moss and Pattan are okay, hopefully we can draft a more physically imposing receiver. The O-line is improved with the signing of a better center, Samuels is a stalwart at left tackle, we'll be getting back Jansen, Randy Thomas should be healthy. AGAIN, I REPEAT, I expect the Skins to be improved. I'm NOT saying Super Bowl and YES, Gibbs does not seem suited to take on GM duties. What happens after next year will remain to be seen. The NFL today is a year in year out situation. Lets just worry about the coming season. WAY TOO MANY factors can take place after the season. IS THIS CLEAR?

Rob said...

Take a chill pill and calm down bro'. You really take this a little too seriously. I know you think the 'Skins suck and will be going nowhere in the near future. Your posts certainly point to that. I also know that you believe the team will be "improved" over last year. While I don't see how, it may happen that they go 8-8.

My point has been and continues to be that until Danny Boy gets serious about bringing in a true GM, he is sentencing the Redskins to mediocrity. He is the owner and he can do what he wants, but he still fails to see the need for good football minds who understand the business of football (i.e., the cap and evaluating talent) to be at the top of the organization.

Gregg Williams is a great defensive coach, but let's be honest he did have talent most of the year. I would argue that Smoot and Pierce were their two most important players last year and losing them will really cost them.

By the way, what is your prediction for the upcoming season? Don't just say "improved" tell me how many wins you expect!

Justin's D! said...

I just like to be dramatic...makes for better postings.

Agreed, that they need to bring in a GM.

They have a pretty tough schedule but I will still say 9-7. Given their schedule, I think that would be pretty successful.

Rob said...

9-7 would be a miracle for this group. Bring back Pepper and you have a chance.

Actually, it is good to see that you have a real target.

Justin's D! said...

Seeing how the Skins schedule is as follows:

Home:
Cowboys (S)
Giants (S)
Eagles (L)
49ers (W)
Seahawks (W)
Bears (W)
Raiders (W)
Chargers (L)

Away:
Cowboys (S)
Giants (S)
Eagles (L)
Cardinals (W)
Rams (L)
Bucs (W)
Broncos (L)
Chiefs (L)

(S) - split
(W) - win
(L) - loss

Something close to this. I say it's a pretty tough schedule and 9-7 would be an achievement.

Rob said...

With that schedule, I would be surprised to see a 9-7 finish.

Prepare for 7-9 my friend. I suppose you would be happy because that would be an "improvement."

Justin's D! said...

I was actually surprised at how difficult the schedule was myself that is why I think 9-7 would be quite an achievement. Well, we'll see what happens. As long as they beat da Bears!

Rob said...

Not going to happen my friend. Da Bears are going to roll up on the 'Skins this year.

Justin's D! said...

You just make sure you bring your $$!

Justin's D! said...

You just make sure you bring your $$!

Justin's D! said...

You just make sure you bring your $$!