Everybody hates the "R" word, and rightly so, especially in Washington, where nobody has won in so long. But a smart rebuilding job can be completed in a relatively short time period in today's NFL. The Patriots were 5-11 the year before they won their first Super Bowl. In 1998 the Indianapolis Colts were 3-13, the next year, they went 13-3 and haven't looked back since.
But, in order for that to happen, the team has to embrace a smart rebuilding project. It means stop plugging holes with salary-cap eating veterans. It means letting players go if they can't stay on the field (Jon Jansen, Clinton Portis, Shawn Springs, Carlos Rogers, and Santana Moss, I'm looking at you). It means making a sincere effort to get younger, faster, and healthier in all three facets. We've got Campbell, Taylor, and Landry - everyone else needs to be phased out over the course of the next few seasons. We need to use day one draft picks to rebuild first the lines, then the skill positions. And we need a real general manager to oversee it all.
Calm down, it's only a loss, right?
No, it's more than just a loss. This wasn't some flukey game where a break or two and things turn out differently. This was a complete and utter dominating performance by a superior team. Yeah, sure we can imporve, and I'm still confident that this team, as presently constructed, can snatch a wild-card spot and maybe even win a game over the winners of the NFC South or West.
But that's not what we want. What we want is what the Patriots and Colts have. But the those teams didn't get that way by accident. They are the result of a long-established plan that took some time to develop. That's how you win in this league.
And what I'm saying about the Redskins - about 29 other teams need to be thinking along the exact same terms. But so many of those teams are satisfied with just being good enough - the Redskins can not fall into that trap.