There’s really no way to sugarcoat just how disastrous the start of this season has been for the Redskins. An 0–4 start in which three of those loses were against a division rival is just about as lowly as it gets for a franchise that has specialized in reaching new lows since the 2000s. With this in mind, it’s time to adjust any expectations you may have had going into the year.
The expectations for the team were never really glowing to begin with, especially with the five-game stretch the team has had to deal with to start the season, but the dysfunction on both sides of the ball have managed to reach lows fans and (most) pundits never expected the team to reach. A week 5 matchup with the reigning champion New England Patriots does not help matters.
The team’s quarterback situation is in complete limbo, the Trent Williams debacle has poured over deep into the regular season and the coaching staff appears to either given up or has failed to play to the team’s strengths. By the end of the week, we could see the coaching staff be completely reshuffled after the team’s matchup with New England.
So what can we expect from this team for the rest of the year? Well, for one, you can expect a lot of losing. Like a lot of it. The schedule does get easier after week 5, with the Dolphins, 49ers, Vikings and Bills coming up before the team’s week 10 bye week. Not exactly the easiest schedule, but certainly better than the beginning of the season. I imagine the team will at least be able to pull a win out against Miami, but every other game I would go in favor of the opposition. It’s an ideal schedule to let Dwayne Haskins go through his growing pains as a starting quarterback.
The reality is that this team’s ceiling is probably 3-4 wins this season at best. What this season becomes now is an audition for players to earn the right to stick around for the rebuild because believe me, this team desperately needs to start fresh. This season cannot be marked down simply as a lost season. We need to see what this team has from its last few draft classes, and where Haskins’ progress is as the team’s franchise quarterback. All is not lost for this franchise, although it appears that way most of the time. A full-on rebuild could be exactly what this team needs.
Washington also has to conclude the Trent Williams holdout immediately. There is no reason for the team to hold onto the 31-year old left tackle for a rebuild. If another team is willing to give up a first-round pick for Williams, Bruce Allen would be absolutely insane not to take it. Going into the offseason with two first round selections, one of which could be a top-5 pick, would be the right way to give a new coaching staff the tools to build around Haskins and the defense’s stellar defensive line.
Things are bleak for this franchise, but the path to improving and finally getting out of the basement of the NFC East has to start somewhere doesn’t it?