Knowing when to cut losses ranks as a key tenet to successful investing. When a stock goes south, don't wait for the rebound, sell at a price that precludes a total loss. This theory is not revelatory, rather, it's fairly basic. Only it hasn't been practiced at Redskins Park as often as it should be looking back through the last two decades.
Certainly acquiring football talent is different than picking stocks, but the premise holds true, and for too long the Redskins would keep players around beyond their capacity to deliver strong results. Previous regimes - Allen, Shanahan, Cerrato, even sainted Joe Gibbs - had the habit of holding onto draft picks when it seemed obvious the team would be better off moving on.
So where's the good news on a team that plans to keep Kirk Cousins, Colt McCoy and Robert Griffin III? In just his first season, it appears new GM Scot McCloughan will not fall into that same rut as previous GMs as he severed ties with 6th round pick Evan Spencer.
Granted, injury played part of Spencer's demise with Washington, but it also became obvious that Rashad Ross deserved a roster spot. McCloughan didn't draft Ross, and many times a GM, especially a new one, will feel the need to validate a draft pick rather than look to somebody with previous team experience.
Only McCloughan didn't do that. He kept Ross, likely, because Ross is the better player right now, and gives the Redskins a better chance to win. It's quite possible Spencer ends up back with Washington - after his injury settlement and perhaps a practice squad stint - but the important lesson here shows McCloughan's willingness to move on.
There hasn't been a lot of good news from Redskins Park in the last few weeks, and it's not considerate to celebrate a roster cut. In the macro view though, McCloughan's move bodes well for the Redskins future, and that's well beyond just the fates of Ross and Spencer.
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