Washington Redskins Preview
Overview: Mike Shanahan tried to convince the world he could win with Rex Grossman and John Beck as his QB’s and the reality of it was he couldn’t and he didn’t. While Shanahan came to Washington with huge expectations and an even bigger ego, most of his career accomplishments happened with a Hall of Fame QB who was someone else’s guy. This year Shanahan has a new QB to work with, a defense that has been built pretty nicely, and a lot more overall than he has had to work with since he arrived in Washington to coach the Redskins; now it’s time to put up.
Offense: All of the talk surrounding the Redskins offense surrounds QB Robert Griffin III and what isn’t there to be excited about. Griffin is accurate and mobile but he is a rookie so undoubtedly there will be a learning curve and growing pains. Tim Hightower and Roy Helu hope to take some of the pressure off of Griffin and don’t be surprised if draft pick Alfred Morris who comes from the worst team in the nation, FAU, contributes. Santana Moss finally gets company at receiver with the addition of Pierre Garcon and Josh Morgan and hopes that Leonard Hankerson is ready to step up. Fred Davis gives RG III another reliable target and Chris Cooley still has something left. On paper the offensive line looks decent and with Shanahan’s blocking schemes traditionally being some of the best they should be more than capable.
Defense: I really like what the Redskins have done in recent years on defense, at least up front. Ryan Kerrigan can play and Brian Orakpo has emerged as one of the better defenders in the entire NFL. Lodon Fletcher is a proven commodity even though he is aging. Barry Cofield comes in from a deep Giants DL and Jarvis Jenkins returns from an ACL injury. There has to be some concern in the Washington secondary as the Redskins picked up Brandon Meriweather who was with the Patriots and the Bears last season and it’s tough to believe he is an NFL caliber contributor when the NFL’s worst defense, New England, cut him mid-season. DeAngelo Hall remains one of the NFL’s fastest players which always make for excitement and Cedric Griffin adds some depth but not necessarily the talent this unit lacks overall.