Welcome to going young and rebuilding.The Redskins arent a very good football team right now. That was obvious today in their 19-11 loss to the 49ers that was not nearly as close as the score would indicate. It was obvious last week when the Redskins were shut out by the Bills in a 23-0 game that was not as close as the score.The team is taking the medicine that it has needed to take for years. The Redskins are playing younger players. There are a couple of problems with the medicine, however. First, it makes the patient worse before it makes it better. And during the process, it makes everyone watching the team sick as well.Is this team worse a year and a half into Mike Shanahans coaching tenure than it was a year and a half into Jim Zorns run? The record says so. Shanahan is 9-15 with the Redskins. Zorn was 10-14.Zorns Redskins team at that point, however, was old and bad. Casey Rabach and Chris Samuels, both 32, started on the offensive line. The running back was a washed-up Clinton Portis. On defense, Phillip Daniels, 36, and Cornelius Griffin, 33, started along the line. Albert Haynesworth was one of the younger players on defense. The only rookie who was a regular starter for any substantial portion of the season was Brian Orakpo.The Redskins today started four rookies, three on offense and one on defense. On the offensive line, only Jammal Brown is at least 30. Ten different players were targeted on passes against the Niners, and the only one over 25 was Jabar Gaffney.I think you can see what Im getting at here. There is losing with aging players, as Zorn did. And there is losing with younger players, as the Redskins are now.There is no guarantee that the kids will develop into stars. But there is a guarantee that old players will continue to get older.
This is what rebuilding looks like
November 7, 2011, 12:40 am