A Look Back – Disaster – That’s probably about the only way that you can sum up the season of the Washington Redskins in 2009. The team looked anemic at best offensively, scoring just 16.6 points per game on the season. The slate has basically been wiped clean though with so many of the players on that team are no longer around, and there is a hope for success in 2010.

Key Addition – QB Donovan McNabb – Any time you can add a franchise quarterback to your roster, even if it is at the tail end of his career, you have to take advantage of it. McNabb led the Philadelphia Eagles to a number of NFC Championship Games, but only one Super Bowl and no titles. Their loss is Washington’s gain. The Redskins have been on the lookout for a quarterback to lead the franchise since the days of Mark Rypien, and the Syracuse product may finally be the answer.

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Key Loss – DT Albert Haynesworth – Okay, so technically at this point, Haynesworth and the Redskins haven’t cut ties yet, but the handwriting is on the wall. The Skins are in search of over 20 million dollars from their franchise defensive tackle, as he doesn’t seem to have any desire to play the nose in new HC Mike Shanahan’s 3-4 defensive scheme. Haynesworth may be doing more than just alienating his teammates. He may be destroying his career. He has clearly become a malcontent in the locker room, and regardless of the fact that he picked up four sacks and had a great year pressuring quarterbacks in 2009, he may find himself unemployed and with no suitors.

2010 Will Be a Success if... – The Redskins start to feel like winners again. It wasn’t that long ago that this team was in the postseason, but the aura in our nation’s capitol is one of defeat and pessimism. The hopes are that a new quarterback and a new head coach can change that. This isn’t a matter of turning the Skins into winners and doing it now, but the team has to feel like it can compete in the NFC East once again.

The Crucial Game – Simply put, the game at Philadelphia on October 3rd is the one that every Redskins fan has circled on the calendar. Do you think that McNabb would love nothing more than to go back into the City of Brotherly Love and dispose of his former mates in front of the same fans that booed him from the moment that he was drafted? To say he’ll be up for that one would be quite the understatement.

Predictions – The division and the rest of the schedule are just too tough for the Redskins to overcome this year. Washington should return to respectability and compete for a playoff spot, but in the end, just finishing at .500 would be considered a success with or without the spot in the playoffs. However, more than likely, another 6-7 win season looks to be on tap in Landover.

2010 Washington Redskins Regular Season Schedule

9/12 vs. DAL (-3.5)
9/19 vs. HOU
9/26 @ STL
10/3 @ PHI
10/10 vs. GB
10/17 vs. IND
10/24 @ CHI
10/31 @ DET
11/15 vs. PHI
11/21 @ TEN
11/28 vs. MIN
12/5 @ NYG
12/12 vs. TB
12/19 @ DAL
12/26 @ JAX
1/2 vs. NYG

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