In case only moments ago you awoke from a coma and are suddenly overwhelmed with confusion, here are the bare essentials to help you catch up: the American economy is in shambles, ice basketball is apparently something that exists, "google" and "tweet" are unofficially the most commonly used verbs in the world, and the Redskins employ a three-pronged rushing attack featuring Clinton Portis, Larry Johnson, and Willie Parker.
Before you start jumping with joy, remember that it's 2010, not 2005, 2006, or even 2007. A running back committee of Clinton Portis, Larry Johnson, and Willie Parker will not guarentee you a Super Bowl. Or a playoff birth. Or even spare you the embarrassment of boasting one of the league's weakest rushing attacks.
Don't believe me? Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports breaks it down in his list of the top backfields in the NFL:
30. Washington Redskins: Clinton Portis, Larry Johnson and Willie Parker: The names sound so impressive until you realize it’s not 2006 or 2007 anymore. That’s the last time any of these guys were really good for an entire season. They’re all at the end of their careers. Perhaps coach Mike Shanahan will get enough out of them as a combination to be respectable and he still could add Brian Westbrook. But that’s a big “perhaps.”
Yea, yea, I know what you're thinking: Vinny Cerrato and Dan Snyder are still signing washed up free agents?! Shocker.
Actually, no. There's a new regime in place in the form of GM Bruce Allen and coach Mike Shanahan. And as Redskins fans, it is our duty to blindly trust their judgment and ignore all criticisms of their decision making. Until they screw up, that is.