Do you know the last “It Guy” in Ashburn, a player whose telegenic smile and talent sold club-seat contracts to gullible burgundy-and-gold legions whose current club-seat deals had expired after 10 years? Donovan McNabb.
How’d that work out, kids?
But, but RG III is young and impressionable. He has so much upside. He might even do what Kyle tells him.
This is the scariest part of the logic behind going all-in for RG III: It perpetuates the falsehood that this franchise is one player away, albeit one at the most important position.
This isn’t the NBA; you don’t trade for Shaquille O’Neal in Miami one offseason and win a title two years later. The Redskins have needs at multiple positions.
So it comes down to this: Do you trust the personnel acumen of Shanahan more than Fisher?
I will start trusting Shanahan if he genuinely sticks to the plan. Again, build, build and build. Offensive line. Receiving corps. Defensive backfield. When all the areas are addressed to allow a quarterback to stay upright and productive, progress will truly be made.
It just seems ludicrous that the only answer is suddenly to go get this pick, irrespective of the fact that the Cleveland Browns have more to offer with two first-round picks this season — including the No. 4 overall, two slots higher than the Redskins’ top spot. If the Rams use the Browns as leverage, all of a sudden the asking price is upped considerably and fair-market value goes out the window.
Besides, a major part of RG III’s game is tucking the ball and running. Running quarterbacks in the NFL wind up in two places: the ground and the injury list. But don’t let the facts get in the way of the visceral reaction to give up the store to ensure he plays in Washington, because we have become very good at substituting hope for reality.
Crazy, no? Many of the same people eviscerating this team for being so irresponsible over the years have decided responsibility is suddenly boring and want to go for it.
We’re all-in again for one player who we are absolutely certain can be the answer to all the franchise’s problems. Throw away picks. Spend, spend and spend more.
Weren’t we, Allen and Shanahan supposed to keep the owner in check, help with recovery and curtail his addiction? So why does it feel like Daniel Snyder’s support-group sponsor just turned into Charlie Sheen, gassing up a Vegas-bound Porsche.
We’re still so sadly predictable.