Apologies for starting two threads within 24 hours, but I see this a lot and I think it deserves it's own thread.
I think many fans are already bracing themselves for a bad year by tossing out the "rookie QB growing pains" excuse. Normally, I'd be OK with that, but there is one huge difference here.
For Shanny and Allen, RG3 is not the FIRST piece of the rebuild-- he is actually one of the last.
In Carolina, Cam Newton was the first piece of a total rebuild... New staff, clean house, holes everywhere, start with QB. Same can be said for the majority of QB's drafted in the top 5-10 any given year.
This year, Luck and Tannehill both fall into that category as well.. New coaches, new regimes, rosters in need of total rebuild... Starting with QB as first major piece.
The Redskins did not go that route. We messed up with McNabb and then made the conscious (and in my estimation, wise) decision to pass on the 2011 QB class after Newton.
We have spent two years now cleaning up a huge mess left by the previous regime. The roster rebuild is WELL underway.
The goal is obviously to build a SB champion. To that end, I'd say we have already selected the majority of the players to attain that goal. We still need work on the OL and DB's, but most of the rest of the team is in place-- hand selected players. Beyond that, I'd say they have officially scrapped all of the riff raff from the previous regime.
We SHOULD be farther along than most teams that start a rookie QB.
Now, there is no doubt that you must allow for a rookie QB to take his lumps regardless. You can't expect to be a contender or even a playoff team necessarily, but if this team goes 4-12 as some are predicting, I'd consider that a HORRIBLE sign.
Regardless of the circumstances if you go 4-12 your third year on the job, it's hard to feel good about that.
I am not into ultimatums. I am not saying we should automatically can the staff if they go 6-10 or worse.... I'd be willing to weigh the circumstances, etc... But it is hard for me to envision feeling good about where we are if we are toast by Halloween again.
My prediction is that we win between 7-9 games and yes, that is also my expectation--- and I do not beleive it is an unrealistic one. A staff in its third year with 80% or so of the roster they desire should manage to be competitive. If they aren't, something is wrong.
No one wants to put too much pressure on RG3 or ask too much of him this year--- I don't either. But in my opinion, there is enough around him where he should have more than just a fleeting moment or two. I want to see him be the reason we win some games--- maybe not against the Steelers or Ravens, but perhaps against some of the more average teams on the schedule.
The NFL doesn't operate the way it used to. The clock ticks faster now. I keep hearing people say we are 2-3 years away from being good... Well, if that is the case, Shanny won't be here to see it. 6-7 year rebuilding projects don't fly in the NFL anymore.
Ultimately, I do not view this season as much of a developmental one as others do. They need to do some winning.