Last Sunday, I asked readers to share their views about what they think the Redskins should do in the NFL draft April 28-29. Those views — and some wails about the Nationals’ ridiculously awful start — follow.
The Redskins need to focus on defense. Gaines Adams from Clemson would be a good place to start. Got to get some heat in that pass rush. Brian Thomas, Norcross, Ga. The Redskins could use a good defensive lineman such as Adams, or an offensive lineman. But who knows what they’ll do. They seem to be interviewing everyone likely to be chosen in the first round. It’s as if they’re a firm of headhunters looking to place MBA interns. What to do on draft day? Avoid use of the words “trading up” or “trading down.” Tell Vinny Cerrato that the draft is on May 5. Don’t be dazzled by any QB. Think defensive line. Malcolm Wilson, Wheaton I agree with you regarding the need for the Redskins to upgrade their defensive line. But sometimes the Redskins look to make a splash instead of filling a need.
The Nats can’t hit, have a terrible ERA and have lost key players to injury. Not a prescription for optimism, but I grew up with the Senators. I know futility. Dan Barnett, Gaithersburg Dan, this baseball season will likely try even your patience.
On a national TV show, the Nats were referred to as a Class AA minor league team. I think that is a little optimistic. Three years ago, there was excitement and joy at having a team of enthusiastic overachievers. What do we have now? I wax nostalgic about the Bud Selig years. Glenn Goldstein, Fairfax I also miss the excitement of that first year. I understand the need to revamp the front office, scouting department and minor league system. But at the expense of a season?
Can you offer Nationals fans a ray of hope? Please tell us there will be open bidding and that Aramark will not be the food service provider next year. Maybe the Nationals should take a page from the Dodgers’ playbook and outsource the food themselves. Carolyn L. Wheeler, Washington When the Nationals move into their new stadium in 2008, I’m sure they’ll be better equipped to do a better job of food service. The opening game was a disaster, food-wise and baseball-wise. Things can only improve.