Time will tell whether the 2011 Redskins are better, but we know they will be different.
Coach Mike Shanahan continued his dramatic overhaul of the organization during roster cuts on Saturday. Heck, he’s changed the team dramatically even since the start of last year, his first with the team.
Rick Maese of the Washington Post points out only 27 Redskins remain from the 2010 Week One roster. Our friends at CSNWashington.com note that only 15 players were on the team when Shanahan arrived last year.
It’s an interesting-looking roster. Nine rookies are on the team. (They had 12 draft picks.) Washington has eight wide receivers, but only three backup offensive linemen with a particular shortage at guard. Only three safeties are healthy.
It’ll be interesting to see how the Redskins perform in Week One, against the Giants. In Washington, a strong preseason has built a lot of buzz. At least one national analyst is taking the Redskins to win the division, although plenty more are predicting they will tank.
Whatever happens, Shanahan is doing it his way.