This week it’s the trade bowl — watching the depth that that St. Louis Rams acquired out of the deal that sent the number two pick of that draft to Washington to give the Redskins a shot at Griffin.
Draft bowl, Trade bowl — the Redskins come out on the losing end no matter what.
The Rams got the Redskins first round picks in 2012, 2013 and 2014 — and a second pick in the 2012 draft. Their front office took those four picks and, through trades, turned them into eight players — five of them starters. One backup running back ran for 1,000 yards last season. Only two of the eight proved to be busts.
No matter what happens Sunday at FedEx Field, the Rams won the Trade Bowl with that deal, as Griffin has gone from the NFL Rookie of the Year in 2012 to an unhappy backup quarterback now.
Before Washington can start winning games on the field, they have to start winning these boardroom battles — the Draft Bowl, the Trade Bowl — the personnel moves that produce a winner on the field. They have to draft better. They have to make more successful trades.
They have to start winning before one single player ever steps on the field.