Are The Redskins Re-Building? I’m 82% Sure They Are…Thanks To Vinny

This sh*t sandwich Vinny gave me has left a bad taste in my mouth!

Mike Shanahan was introduced as the Head Coach of the Washington Redskins on January 6th 2010, just 3 days after the Redskins finished a 4-12 season under Jim Zorn and 20 days after the hiring of Bruce Allen. The 2009 Redskins had 62 players appear in games during that season, a roster that was compiled by former Executive Vice President of Football Operations Vinny Cerrato. A little over 2 short years later, just 11 Redskins remain from the Zorn/Cerrato era. The won-loss record hasn’t changed much but the names on the backs of the jerseys sure have. An amazing 82% of those players are gone.

I guess a good way to describe the roster inherited by Allen and Shanny would be to say “there wasn’t a lot of meat left on the bone.” Of the 46 players that were cut, traded or not re-signed, 26 have yet to play another down in the NFL. Another 12 have barely played or played ineffectively and 2 guys have played at a Pro Bowl level. Here’s a look at all 62 players from 2009.

Still on active roster (11, 18%):

Lorenzo Alexander
Kevin Barnes
Chris Cooley
Fred Davis
Reed Doughty
Graham Gano
DeAngelo Hall
Rob Jackson
Will Montgomery
Santana Moss
Brian Orakpo

Current Free Agents (5, 8%):

London Fletcher
Kedric Golston
Rob Jackson
Rocky McIntosh
Byron Westbrook

To be determined (2, 3%):

Laron Landry
Mike Sellers (probably done)

Guys who have yet or may never play a down with another team (26, 42%):

HB Blades
Phillip Daniels
Cornelius Griffin
Robert Henson
Lendy Holmes
Chris Horton
Jeremy Jarmon
Levi Jones
Malcolm Kelly
Marcus Mason
Marko Mitchell
Anthony Montgomery
Kareem Moore
Glenn Pakulak
Sam Paulescu
Clinton Portis
Casey Rabach
William Robinson
Chris Samuels *retired
Hunter Smith
Fred Smoot
Randy Thomas
Mike Williams
Chris Wilson
Renaldo Wynn
Todd Yoder

Players who’ve barely played or played ineffectively (12, 19%):

Ethan Albright
D’Anthony Batiste
Ladell Betts
Todd Collins
Derrick Dockery
Quinton Ganther
Albert Haynesworth
Stephon Heyer
Antwann Randle El
Devin Thomas
Justin Tryon
Edwin Williams

Players who’ve played ok (4, 7%):

Jason Campbell
Rock Cartwright
Chad Rinehart
Shaun Suisham

Players who’ve played at a Pro Bowl level (2, 3%):

Andre Carter
Carlos Rogers

So, by my math it’s safe to say that Shanahan was handed a roster that consisted of over 50% of players that weren’t NFL caliber players. Obviously, the Redskins were in need of rebuilding, whether Shanny wanted to call it that or not. With only 18% of the players left from the Cerrato era, I have to say that the re-build is almost complete. All that’s missing now is Robert Griffin III and some W’s!

Cheers and Hail

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