NASCAR driver and Redskins super fan Dale Earnhardt Jr. married his longtime girlfriend, Amy Reimann, in North Carolina on New Year’s Eve and watched his favorite football team throw away its playoff hopes in a loss to the Giants the following day.
Whether Earnhardt plans to unplug and take a break from social media on his honeymoon remains to be seen, but he couldn’t resist first paying $15 for in-flight WiFi to share his thoughts on what the Redskins should do this offseason. In short, he’d like them to stay the course.
Earnhardt, who made it clear he wanted the Redskins to sign quarterback Kirk Cousins to a long-term contract after last season, hasn’t changed his tune after Cousins rewrote several of his own single-season records while playing this year under the franchise tag.
“There’s not a quarterback tree to go grab another guy,” he said last February, which remains true. “There’s not that many capable, competent [guys] that can go out there and lead your team.”
Earnhardt still trusts General Manager Scot McCloughan’s plan and would like to see the coaching staff, including defensive coordinator Joe Barry, retained. In addition to finding at least one more starting offensive lineman this offseason, Earnhardt wants Washington to focus on improving its defense through the draft and free agency.
The jury remains out on McCloughan’s draft classes with Washington, especially the 2016 class after first-round pick Josh Doctson missed almost the entire season with an injury, but the Redskins could find worse advice than Earnhardt’s.