Are The Redskins Re-Building? I’m 82% Sure They Are…Thanks To Vinny
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%):
Current Free Agents (5, 8%):
To be determined (2, 3%):
Mike Sellers (probably done)
Guys who have yet or may never play a down with another team (26, 42%):
Chris Samuels *retired
Players who’ve barely played or played ineffectively (12, 19%):
Antwann Randle El
Players who’ve played ok (4, 7%):
Players who’ve played at a Pro Bowl level (2, 3%):
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