SNIDER: Bruce Allen overestimates Redskins' worth

Rick Snider
January 23, 2019 - 4:19 pm
Bruce Allen overestimates Redskins' worth

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The Redskins are so close to success, said president Bruce Allen. If not for those pesky injuries, why the team might be snuggling up to its fourth Lombardi Trophy soon.

"We're in the middle of the pack and we've been in the middle of the pack for three seasons," Allen told reporters on Tuesday at the Senior Bowl. "It means you're close to being better. We have to find the right ingredients and chemistry.

"We were two games out of it (this season.) The year before we were one out of it and the year before we were one out of it."

The Minister of Misinformation did a good job soft shuffling his way through the interview, saying nothing tangible except the coming stadium won't have a moat like early plans. Otherwise, Allen said nothing as usual. At least he spoke publicly for nearly the first time in the Trump presidency.

Well, one piece of truth came out, as Allen said, "We have to find some better players."

Yes, the Redskins need lots of better players. That's after filling major holes at quarterback, receiver, guard, cornerback and safety. They also need to get better at inside and outside linebacker, tight end, center, right tackle and returners.

The Redskins are only one or two games out of making the playoffs, but they're nowhere near close to winning in the postseason. There's a major difference between making the wild card and actually advancing.

If the Redskins started from scratch, who would you keep? Left tackle Trent Williams and tight end Jordan Reed have been solid when healthy along with linebacker Ryan Kerrigan. But, in a rebuilding plan all three may be finishing their careers by 2022. That leaves defensive linemen Jonathan Allen, Daron Payne and Matt Ioannidis as the foundation of the future. Maybe running back Derrius Guice and guard Brandon Scherff.

And that, brothers and sisters of the burgundy, is the whole list.

The Redskins need to find a whole lot of better players, not just guys that are OK but ones who are respected league wide. And the only way to get them is largely through the draft. Unfortunately, that process takes years and requires a higher percentage of success than the Redskins have managed.

But to think this current cast is really close to championship success is fool's gold. They may taste the postseason occasionally, but Allen's stretching things saying the Redskins are close to sustained success.

Rick Snider has covered Washington sports since 1978. Follow him on Twitter: @Snide_Remarks

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