For the Redskins, losing to Philadelphia could be a necessary evil

Ordinarily, it’s about in this spot and in this time frame where you’d find one of the RedskinsGab staff previewing the Redskins upcoming game that weekend, which in this case, would be against the failed “dream team”: the Philadelphia Eagles.

But let’s be honest: outside of pride, this game means absolutely nothing to either team. Will both teams try to win? Sure. Do both teams dislike each other? Yes. Do both fan bases dislike each other even more? Yes, very much so; I don’t care if you were talking about the Dalai Lama, Mahatma Gandhi, or Mother Theresa: if any of them were/are an Eagles fan, I wouldn’t like them.

But fandom and pride don’t show up on the win-loss column, and late-season victories when you’ve already been eliminated from the playoffs ultimately mean nothing as well; they’re footnotes in your team’s and coaches win-loss history.

Again, let me be clear: I hate the Eagles. I hate losing to the Eagles. I hate seeing the Eagles win any game, except for when it’s against the Giants (and even that’s only sometimes) or against Dallas. I take joy in seeing the Eagles lose, and seeing fat Andy Reid stand up there with his same old tired “I have to do a better job of preparing this team” excuses.

I take particular joy in knowing that the Eagles may have been to five straight NFC championship games, one Super Bowl in the past decade, and have zero rings to show for it. And i’m quite happy to remind any Eagles fan that they may have won the offseason “team on paper” championship after years of winning the “we have the most remaining salary cap room” championships, but they have as many Super Bowl trophies in their trophy cabinet as I do in my kitchen pantry.

But the sad reality remains: the Redskins could very well be better off losing against Philadelphia on Sunday, as opposed to beating them. This logic, of course, is in regards to securing a better overall draft pick in what could be a loaded 2012 draft. If the Redskins lose on Sunday – and assuming Cleveland, Tampa Bay, and St. Louis follow suit (I think they will) – the Redskins will hold no lower than the 7th spot in the draft, come draft day.

And if you’re a Redskins fan whose primary interest is securing the best possible draft pick, then you need to keep one eye on Indianapolis at Jacksonville while you keep the other on Washington at Philadelphia. If Jacksonville beats Indianapolis – and I think they will – then two interesting things happen: the Redskins will likely move up to the 6th overall selection in the draft, and Indianapolis will not get the #1 overall pick (again assuming St. Louis loses against San Francisco; the 49ers clinch a first round bye in the playoffs if they win).

If St. Louis secures the first overall pick in the draft, then the possibility of the Redskins trading up to draft either Andrew Luck out of Stanford University or Robert Griffin III out of Baylor University are both in play. St. Louis almost certainly won’t take either quarterback, having so much money tied into incumbent Sam Bradford (whose current contract structure also makes him impossible to trade).

There’s certainly no guarantee that the Redskins could or would move up that high, however. It would take an absolute king’s ransom of picks (the price could be as high as three 1st round picks AND two 2nd round picks) to move up that high, and there are other teams that could be willing to pay that price to get either Luck or Griffin for themselves (my guess is that the Cleveland Browns – who also have Atlanta’s first round pick in 2012 – is the Redskins biggest trade “competitor”).

But if Indianapolis doesn’t get the first overall pick, then there’s at least outside hope that the Redskins can win the “Andrew Luck sweepstakes;” if the Colts pick first, Luck might as well start shopping for Real Estate in Indianapolis, because that pick is a done deal, and the Redskins one and only hope then becomes Griffin. And while the entire country is buzzing about Griffin, after winning the Heisman trophy and his stellar play in last night’s Alamo Bowl, let’s not forget that Andrew Luck is the best quarterback prospect to come out of school since Peyton Manning, and has all the tools and abilities to be the next Aaron Rodgers.

I find it morally challenging (and that’s putting it very lightly) to ever root for the Redskins to lose; it’s almost against the very fabric of my being. But the revolving door of cast-off and retread quarterbacks must simply come to an end, and a win against the wretched Eagles could very well turn out to be cutting off their nose to spite our own face.

Not one single solitary player or member of the Redskins coaching staff will agree with this – their jobs are to win games, period – but this may be the rarest of occasions where a win on Sunday may not be the best outcome for the Redskins.


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2 Responses to “For the Redskins, losing to Philadelphia could be a necessary evil”

  1. […] For the Redskins, losing to Philadelphia could be a necessary evil Ordinarily, it’s about in this spot and in this time frame where you’d find one of the RedskinsGab staff previewing the Redskins upcoming game that weekend, which in this case, would be against the failed “dream team”: the Phi… […]

  2. 007 says:

    EAGLES will do all they can to give WASHINGTON the game. They don’t want the newest ‘PEYTON MANNING’ in the division.

    I hope the ‘SKINS lose. If so, it should be entertaining to see which team can disguise their disinterest the best.

    JAX beats INDY.

    TAMPA beats ATLANTA

    I hope, i hope, i hope.