GAUGING THE REDSKINS

Win Now, or a Firestorm Awaits

With an owner whose patience is thin as tissue paper at the controls, the Washington Redskins feel they've assembled a team poised for a playoff run. The quarterback has improved statistically every season. The younger receivers might be ready to contribute. The defense is beefed up, and the offense feels more comfortable in Year 2 of Coach Jim Zorn's system. Playing in the tough NFC East, anything is possible, but there is one safe bet: With the possibility of an uncapped year in 2010, if the Redskins struggle this season -- if they miss the playoffs for the seventh time under Daniel Snyder's 10-year stewardship -- all dials will be sent spinning.

-- Rick Maese and Paul Tenorio

Redskins owner Daniel Snyder

(By Preston Keres -- The Washington Post)