The Washington Post had an article today regarding the 2004 trade between the Washington Redskins and Denver Broncos. When talk radios and articles argue the topic which team got the better deal they always argue over the talent levels of these two players and miss the strategic significance of this trade.
Shaun Springs was an adequate replacement but the overall void at the other CB position forced the Skins to take Carlos Rogers in 2005 when DeMarcus Ware and Shawn Merriman were still on the draft board.
Since this trade our CB situation has been less than settled. Carlos Rogers is no Champ Bailey and last time I heard Shaun Springs does not play for the Redskins anymore. I remember Michael Wilbon's article after the trade saying that how stupid it was to trade away possibly the best cover corner in the leage and he was absolutely right.
If we only had football people making decisions we could have had Champ and Ware/Merriman playing for our team right now. How cool that would have been!
Showtime's Inside the NFL is creating a Team of the Aughts. Basically the team of this decade. Warren Sapp, Phil Sims and Chris Collinsworth picked Champ to be the best CB of the decade over Ronde Barber, Ty Law, Troy Vincent and Charles Woodson. He has gotten 55% of the votes on the website as well.
So if you're the redskins and your record shows you rarely if ever draft good players but for a change you end up with a sure shot who, even at the time, was being touted as the best corner of his class. He lives up to the hype by going to the pro bowl 4 times. Not once, not twice, but four freaking times in his first five years and what do they do? They trade the guy.
Can anyone tell, I still havn't recovered from this trade.
I just created a poll on the side bar. What do you think about the CP/Bailey trade?
Whether or not you believe the Redskin name is racist, you might reconsider after looking at some of the alternative options some journalists are floating (mostly in jest i hope)
Hail to Hunter the punter Smith. He ran for a touchdown and threw for one. That's more TD's than lot of our playmakers. I was wondering whether I should call him Hunter the "punter" or Hunter the "sock". You'll know what I am talking about when you see the following picture: