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Optimism Fuels Redskins Camp

As the Redskins approach their first pre-season game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, there is a mutual feeling amongst the players in Redskin camp. With players diligently working through drills at a blue-collar rate, a sense of optimism has taken over Redskins camp.

Recently the Redskins have retained two valuable pieces to their 2010 campaign in Jamaal Brown and Kendric Golston and both say they have come back because they believe in what Mike Shanahan is doing at Redskin Park. Both players had the chance to walk in their free agent years and decided that Redskin Park was were they wanted to be. This is a refreshing occurrence in DC and here is why:

1. Money Doesn’t Talk -For years the Redskins have brought in high-priced talent that did not work out. Most notably Albert Haynesworth, but the list is seemingly endless and includes Adam Archuletta, Deon Sanders, Jeremiah Trotter, etc. The Skins stayed away from their lavish spending this brief off-season and instead went after young proven players who have high ceilings of potential. A welcome change to all who bleed the Burgundy and Gold.

2. Youth Movement -Outside of McNabb, who was brought in by Shanahan, players from the former regime who did not want to be there are gone. Shanahan has aggressively been reshaping the roster. Only 16 players remain from the Jim Zorn era and gone are the veterans from the Gibbs teams’ (Rabach, Portis, and Daniels) are no longer with the team. Using a strong draft and acquiring young fee agents, the Redskins are clearly in the midst of a youth movement.

3. Shanahan’s Way -As mentioned earlier, gone is most of the high priced talent and that is ok with the head coach. The players in camp have been working hard and diligently. A style they have adopted from their coach. Shanahan wants competition and players are aware that their roster spots are not guaranteed. These Skins have a blue-collar appeal and hopefully the dividends will be notable.

The optimism in Redskin Park may be going slightly unnoticed, but it is clear that this version of the Washington Redskins is much different then past Dan Synder years. Getting younger and finding players who want to wear the Burgundy and Gold have the Redskins headed in the right direction. Now, with a little patience, perhaps that 2011 version will look something similar to the 1991 version in a few years.

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One Response to “Optimism Fuels Redskins Camp”

  1. Beach Bum says:

    Maybe these players will want to work instead of just laying around and drawing a pay check.

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