Rouhier: Redskins 'cannot admit how far away they are'

Brian Tinsman
February 13, 2019 - 10:47 pm
Redskins team president Bruce Allen has had trouble pronouncing names.

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When it comes to recent examples of misplaced confidence in D.C. sports, it's hard to one-up John Beck during the 2011 lockout.

Beck was drafted by the 2007 Miami Dolphins and had very little chance for success on a 1-15 squad. He started five games that season and showed nothing to inspire the team to invest in his long-term future.

He saw zero game action in his second season and was cut, bouncing his way through the depth chart in Baltimore for one season, and the Washington Redskins for one season, where he backed up Donovan McNabb and Rex Grossman.

Going into the NFL lockout, nobody thought of Beck as a viable starter in the NFL, except for maybe Beck. Seeing that McNabb would be offloaded after the lockout, Beck used the media to create his own quarterback competition. Mike Shanahan, for whatever reason, gave Beck legitimacy by having an open competition and famously staking his reputation on the success of Grossman or Beck under center.

History shows that this was misplaced confidence. History will also frown on the misplaced confidence of 2019.

Team president Bruce Allen has spent the offseason defending how close this team is to competing and insinuating that quarterback Alex Smith is much closer to returning than anyone believes.

Fans can only hope that one bit of wishful thinking saves the team from the other.

106.7 The Fan's Danny Rouhier explained why, in the aftermath of the trade that sent quarterback Joe Flacco from Baltimore to Denver.

"We did a bold prediction...my bold prediction was that the Redskins will trade for their starting quarterback," Rouhier told co-host Grant Paulsen, as the two discussed the possibility of trading for Broncos quarterback Case Keenum. "This is the kind of thing I thought would happen.

"They cannot admit how far away they are. You heard Bruce Allen in his comments--never forget. Now, part of that is lip service, part of that is what he says in public. Internally, their actions support that belief. 'We're right there. We're a game out of the playoffs. We're one game away, two games away. We had a chance to go and Kirk Cousins screwed me against the Giants, I HATE HIM.' That's where they are. In their minds, they're right there.

"Now, evaluators will say, 'There's a lot of holes, a lot of problems. Not that much cap space to do it.' They (the Redskins) think all they need is a stabilizer. All they need is somebody and Jay Gruden can coach 'em up, and they'll get the ball to Maurice Harris a bunch of times, and be ready to go on offense."

Rouhier can see a trade target of Keenum's caliber being exactly the route that the Redskins go this offseason. 

"I can absolutely see this. Absolutely."

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