Bruce Allen truly embracing history of Redskins

Since coming on board before the end of last season, new Washington Redskins general manager Bruce Allen has talked about his deep appreciation for the history of the organization. It goes back nearly four decades when his father George was the head coach of the team and a group known as the Over The Hill Gang reached the Super Bowl.

We’ve made jokes about it since as Bruce Allen has set out to acquire a cast of 30-somethings. He’s stocked the defensive line with old folks, signing Vonnie Holliday and Mako Kemoeatu among others. He’s added Joey Galloway at wide receiver. Donovan McNabb is no longer a spring chicken. Running back Larry Johnson and cornerback Phillip Buchanon are both on the downside of their careers.

The result is that the oldest team at the start of last season – 28.02 years of age – has gotten older, according to a report by The Redskins project to have an average age of 28.5 years when the season begins. The 24 players that have been added this offseason that are projected to make the roster in the report, 13 are on the wrong side of 30.

In a young man’s game that’s not necessarily bad when you consider the New Orleans Saints were the second-oldest team in the league at the start of the last season. But usually rebuilding projects that involve a new GM and a new coach in Mike Shanahan put an emphasis on getting younger and doing so fast.

What does it signal? Well, for one it’s a sign that Shanahan doesn’t have the patience for a total rebuilding effort. He’s trying to reload with what the team has and certainly finding a quarterback like McNabb will aid the process.

We’ll see how it comes together when camp opens and these old guys have to go out and perform.

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