Compared to most offseasons, the Redskins have been fairly tame this year. Most of their free-agent moves have been on the defensive side of the ball, highlighted by their signing of former Rams safety O.J. Atogwe, although they have also added depth to some of their offensive skill positions. However, they have completely ignored the most important position on the field. A glaring hole remains at quarterback, where the Skins seem content to employ the duo of Rex Grossman and John Beck, two 30-year old players with little potential. Even as the starter for the Bears during their Super Bowl run in 2006, Grossman only had a quarterback rating of 73.9. And Beck played five games for the Dolphins during their miserable 2007 season, averaging only a 62.0 rating. And the Redskins are going with him as their QBOTF? Something seems fishy here...
I thought about it, and only one explanation made sense to me: The Redskins are aiming for a high spot in the 2012 draft, where they can select a top-notch prospect such as Andrew Luck or Landry Jones. Assuming this, the Redskins' offseason suddenly makes a lot more sense - they are building up the defense, and eventually the rest of the team, so that they can just slide in a new quarterback next year, and have the team in playoff contention within a year or two. It explains a lot - why the Redskins haven't made huge free-agency splashes, why they didn't go for a proven quarterback like Kyle Orton, and why they're letting Beck and Grossman fight it out for the starting job.
This affects the Eagles in a few ways. First off, it all but guarantees us two wins (as if that was a question in the first place), and gives us a bit of an edge when it comes to playoff seedings, over the other NFC teams. This is in addition to playing the NFC West, where we shouldn't go worse than 3-1 (the Thursday night game at Seattle, after playing the Patriots), as it seems like the Seahawks and 49ers may also be gearing up for a run for Luck. In the long term, it means that the Redskins could turn into legitimate divisional foes within a few years, eclipsing the Giants and Cowboys.
So expect the Skins to tank this season, then load up on free agents and high picks in a deep 2012 draft, where they might just snag the biggest prize of them all.