Hail to the Redskins…
2011 RECORD – 5-11: When a team enters the season with Rex Grossman and John Beck as its top two quarterbacking options, they’re screwed. After a 3-1 start, the Redskins finished 2-10. Their running back situation did not help matters either. Offseason acquisition Tim Hightower tore his ACL five games into season, which led to upheaval in the backfield. Overall, Washington trotted out four different backs as starters. Their passing game did little to strike fear in the hearts of opposing defenses. Defensive coordinators did not live in fear game-planning against leading receiver Jabar Gaffney and tight end Fred Davis. Other than that, Washington’s offense was great.
LAS VEGAS ODDS TO WIN SUPER BOWL XLVII: 25/1
DON’T TAKE THIS GUY IN YOUR FANTASY DRAFT: Pierre Garçon. As a graduate of Rowan University, I cannot throw my full support behind a player that attended Mount Union College in Alliance, Ohio. Rowan and Mount Union were rivals, often times meeting up in the Division III national title game dubbed the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl. The Profs played the Purple Raiders five times since 1993, losing four of the meetings, including three national championship tilts. Garçon started at wideout in the last meeting – a 19-7 win for Mount Union – during the 2005 national semifinals. I’m still bitter. Throw in the fact that he is a Redskin? Forget it.
NOTABLE GAME: October 21 at NY Giants – This game marks the first time New York will have an opportunity to see “Bob Griffin” up close. Osi Umenyiora will be taking notes.
REDSKIN YOU SHOULD FOLLOW ON TWITTER: Anthony Armstrong. Any NFL player talking about math equations and “Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally” on Twitter is a winner in my book.
WHY THEY CAN’T WIN THE SUPER BOWL: Besides the obvious factor of having a rookie quarterback, Washington’s 3-4 defense lacks substance once you get past outside linebackers Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan, who can both effectively rush the passer.
Jim Haslett’s group improved upon from 31st to 13th but closed 2011 in suspect fashion. Washington allowed at least 30 points in four of their last five games.
One area of concern remains in the secondary. Former Patriots and Bears safety Brandon Meriweather steps in at strong safety for LaRon Landry, who left to play with the Jets. Elsewhere, Josh Wilson and DeAngelo Hall are respectable but imminently beatable corners.
SONG THAT EMBODIES THE 2012 REDSKINS: LONELY BOY – BLACK KEYS
Washington “mortgaged its future” by sending multiple picks including their 2013 and 2014 first-round selections to the St. Louis Rams to move up and select Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III.
As RGIII will find out soon, Washington needs a ton of help on the offensive side and more defensive playmakers before they’ll be able to become an NFC contender.
It’s not irrational to think Washington might be able to contend for the NFC East soon but Griffin can’t move the Redskins into contender status without a respectable supporting cast.