Since Mike Shanahan became the Redskins Head Coach, the word "rebuild" has been thrown out non-stop. Sometimes the organization would say they're not rebuilding (and the McNabb signing was supposed to be proof, ha). More recently they have toned down their anti-rebuild rhetoric and accepted what the fans have seen for the last two to three years. Now that Mike Shanahan has had two full offseasons, can we say that the rebuild is over?
Quarterback: check. Offensive weapons: check. Defensive front: check. Defensive backfield: eh, needs some work. But overall, the Redskins appear to have all their major parts in place. Not many teams in the league are without a hole. And luckily, the Redskins' hole happens to be in the secondary.
As we've seen over the last few years, teams can be extremely successful even without a strong secondary. The 15-1 Green Bay Packers were dead last in passing yards allowed last year and the AFC Super Bowl representing New England Patriots were second to last.
Raheem Morris has the daunting task of fixing up the secondary, but at least the Redskinsbrought in more veteran defensive backs to fill the holes left by LaRon Landry and O.J. Atogwe.
DeJon Gomes may get to see some playing time this season, although, many still believe he's still not ready. Brandon Merriweather, Tanard Jackson, and Madieu Williams will be competing for the safety positions, while Cedric Griffin and Chase Minnifield were brought in to compete for time at corner.
Outside of the secondary, the Redskins look strong defensively. Jarvis Jenkins will help anchor the line this season (possibly as a starter) and the rush from Kerrakpo should be even more devastating than a year ago. But the read offseason changes have come on offense.
The Skins finally found their "quarterback of the future." Robert Griffin III. And they put some talent around him. On the first day of free agency, my true love gave to me, two wide receivers; Pierre Garcon and Josh Morgan. Niles Paul has also been converted to a tight end and is being compared by some to Shannon Sharpe.
And oh yeah, they still have Leonard Hankerson, Fred Davis, Chris Cooley and a number of other speedy receivers. The only offensive position that hasn't seen an upgrade since last year is running back; which shouldn't be a problem, as Roy Helu Jr. broke out towards the end last season and Tim Hightower has agreed to return.
The Redskins have starting talent and depth over most of the team. The few questions that still arise are questions that every team faces, yearly. Enough said—the rebuild is over. And we should now speak of them as a growing team. Hail!
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