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Need to Know: Should the Redskins be the NFC East favorites?

Apr 25, 2016, 5:57 AM EDT


Here is what you need to know on this Monday, April 25, three days before the NFL Draft.


Schedule @ Redskins Park: 12 noon, Scot McCloughan pre-draft news conference; 1:15 Josh Norman

—The Redskins last played a game 106 days ago. It will be 140 days until they host the Steelers in their 2016 season opener.

Days until: 2016 NFL draft 3; Rookie minicamp 18; Redskins training camp starts 94

Hot topic

Are the Redskins now the favorites to win the NFC East?

That’s what Adam Caplan, who is one of the few no-agenda, no-B.S. NFL analysts on ESPN. He believes that the addition of Josh Norman to the Redskins defense pushes them over the top and makes them the “clear favorites” to take the division.

That’s a pretty bold prediction. Is it out of whack? Maybe. The other three teams have their strengths but they also have prominent weaknesses.

—The Cowboys have a top QB and WR combo in Romo and Dez but their defense is shaky, especially in their first four games when Randy Gregory and DeMarcus Lawrence will be under suspension for substance abuse violations.

—In Philly, the Eagles have a solid-looking defense but their quarterback group will consist of the perpetually disappointing Sam Bradford, career backup Chase Daniel, and a rookie who attempted 208 passes at North Dakota State last year. A rookie head coach, Dough Pederson, will be in charge.

—The Giants have Eli and OBJ but just about everything else is suspect including their running game, pass rush, and secondary. They did throw a bunch of free agent money at their defensive issues but that is far from a certain cure. New York also has a rookie head coach in Ben McAdoo.

It’s not as though the Redskins are loaded for bear going into 2016. In fact, right now it’s hard to find a strength that the Redskins can hang their hats on. Kirk Cousins had a fine 2015 but he’s hardy the established, consistent starter that Eli and Romo are. The running game was atrocious last year as was the defense against the run. The secondary did pretty well considering all of the injuries, but the presence of Norman could improve it by a quantum leap and the unit would still be middle of the pack. And see the Giants comment above on the certainty of a free agent signee making a major impact.

It’s easy to paint a rosy scenario here. Say Cousins builds on last year, Jordan Reed emerges as one of the game’s top tight ends, the line gels enough so that a running back by committee can put together a decent ground game, Junior Galette, Preston Smith, and Ryan Kerrigan terrorize opposing quarterbacks and Norman is in All-Pro form again and sparks the secondary to a solid performance.

Each of those possibilities is realistic. But the chance of all of them happening is fairly slim. It’s like drawing to an inside straight.

The good thing for the 2016 Redskins is that they don’t need everything to fall right for them. Cousins-to-Reed clicking, a better rushing attack, and the secondary picking off a half dozen more passes could make the best team in the division.

It may be going too far to say that the Redskins are the favorites in the division. But unlike previous years, it’s not difficult to see them having a realistic path to the division title.

Stat of the day

The Redskins have not had back-to-back winning seasons since 1996-1997. They have not made the playoffs in consecutive seasons since 1991-1992.

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  1. colorofmyskinz - Apr 25, 2016 at 6:32 AM

    OK. I will go out on a limb… We will be better than last year, much. So as long as we improve more than our opponents in the division, I say we take the division title. The facts about Cousins. Confidence through the roof this year as the earned leader. Cousins will have the entire offseason as the starter with number one focus. He is already leading in the weight room. Much different than last year, much. He knows the playbook back and forth now. He has established timing with his receivers before the offseason even begins. You forgot to mention Djax, Garcon, and Crowder. Then add Vernon Davis… Wow. Potent passing offense. So on the passing side we will be much better than last year.

    On the rushing side, unless we pick up a back in the draft better than Morris, touch to say. Now our line could improve for the rush. Unknown here.

    Defense is better hands down.

    Coaching staff gelling as well.

    Our divisional opponents don’t have the growth we are in front of. So I agree… Division title holders!

    • bangkokben - Apr 25, 2016 at 7:28 AM

      Say you’re right. Say we are much better and the best in the division — I don’t have much of a problem with that, I can envision it. BUT, where do we rank with Seattle, Carolina, Green Bay, and Arizona? Have we passed any of those teams. How about Minnesota? We have basically spent a ton on one free agent to keep us where we were at the end of last season.

      There is always a lot of turnover in the NFC playoff teams from year to year and I’d still put Minnesota and Washington as the two teams with the best chances at NOT returning despite the Norman move. And unless the things that Rich listed that could break right do break right, it is a horrible move. If Cousins is a one-year wonder, Reed gets another concussion, no running game can be found, or Galette’s recovery doesn’t equal return to form, it’s just another big splash free agent that has little impact.

      • ajbus1 - Apr 25, 2016 at 8:49 AM

        Gotta trust McC. I love Norman as a player but I hope his contract doesn’t get in the way in the future. I’m just gonna trust that McC rememebers scouting Norman and knows that he’s worth it. I think we will be as good as the teams you mentioned, as long as Cousins is as good as last year.

      • skinsgame - Apr 25, 2016 at 10:18 AM

        Ben, I don’t like the contract numbers for Norman either but, you might be understating his impact with an up and coming group. He has a chip on his shoulder that will likely be infectious and, I’d say, he makes the defense better, immediately.
        Of the teams you mentioned above, I think only SEA and CAR are clearly better than the Redskins. So, if Cousins takes another step up, which is a reasonable suggestion given the factors involved, yes, the Redskins should be moving along at least as well as GB, ARI, and MINN.

      • ET - Apr 25, 2016 at 10:28 AM

        “If Cousins is a one-year wonder, Reed gets another concussion, no running game can be found, or Galette’s recovery doesn’t equal return to form, it’s just another big splash free agent that has little impact.”

        I’m with you for most of your comment—neither the Skins nor the Vikings are truly “there” yet, despite the upward trendlines for each. I also worry about all the variables in play. An unfortunately timed injury or a subpar year from a Williams or a Reed or multiple lesser players could mean the difference between a winning and losing season.

        And yet I’m cautiously optimistic that the Norman signing (which I was against) WILL result in a positive impact for the defense, even if some of the other variables don’t pan out as hoped. The FA signings under Scot have been shrewd, even if all of them haven’t panned out. If this defense can remain focused and reasonably healthy, I expect it to be markedly better. Not Top 10 better, but solid.

        • bangkokben - Apr 25, 2016 at 10:42 AM

          I will be on board with the decision soon enough. If it doesn’t work out, cue the band that has perpetually chimed in with there knee-jerk analysis. “Can’t buy a team, Snyder.” “Got to build through the draft.” “Never should’ve fired Marty.” Etc. Etc. That’s the part that I can do without if this thing fails.

          As for, Scot’s FA signings, he has yet to hit a home run on one but he’s still in the batter’s box on some. The best signing is Dustin Hopkins.

      • renhoekk2 - Apr 25, 2016 at 12:31 PM

        If he wasn’t that good, CAR would never have put the franchise tag on him in the first place. They would have been paying him $14M guaranteed if he signed it an nobody anywhere would say they were foolish for doing it. The Skins are paying him and avg of $15M and people everywhere are saying it’s mistake and the Redskins are overpaying and making the same mistake they always do. So $1M/yr more is overpaying? We play the same zone concepts that CAR plays. It’s not like we signed a zone corner and are asking him to play press man 80% of the time. He fits what we do schematically and he’s one of the best in the league at it.

        • bangkokben - Apr 25, 2016 at 2:14 PM


          It’s not the APY; it’s the details. $8 million cap hit this year and — this is one I have issue with — $20 MILLION cap hit next year.

      • wncskinsfan - Apr 25, 2016 at 1:38 PM

        I couldn’t agree more. I hope we have a really great draft. We are gonna need it to help balance the weight of the Norman deal. That deal makes cap space tricky, and could and should effect the draft for that reason. We are going to need to tip the scales on the cost of the WRs. We also need RB help, and a run stuffer, and a S . . . etc . . .

      • Skulb - Apr 25, 2016 at 9:41 PM

        Sure, bad things can happen. But bad things happened last year, what with the secondary being permanently injured, not having an ILB and on average one healthy TE for most of the year. And they won the division despite all that. Realistically Minnesota’s chances of returning to the playoffs are smaller simply because they are in the same division as Green Bay. Anyone might struggle to get out of that division just because of Green Bay. But the Bears seem to be moving in the right direction as well, which makes it even less certain.

        Compared to that the Eagles seem in complete disarray, the Cowboys are sinking on the USS Clavicle and the Giants have huge holes everywhere except at QB and WR#1. The NFC East was abysmal last year, but I do believe it might be even worse in 2016. I know people will laugh but I think seven wins might actually be enough next year. That’s how bad I think the rest of the division is right now.

        • bangkokben - Apr 26, 2016 at 7:44 AM

          The Giants had huge holes last year because they had more injuries than the Redskins. Then they spent a ton of money trying to fill those holes. They were also in every loss last year usually snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. It is clearly between the Giants and Redskins despite what some think of the guys with blue stars on their heads.

        • Skulb - Apr 26, 2016 at 11:43 AM

          I agree with that.Still, the Redskins were almost as injured so it’s not a very good excuse to use for the Giants. They still have some serious issues. Personally I’m not at all sold on Eli Manning for example. Like his brother’s last ring Eli got his two on the backs of killer defenses. But he’s not that good. I just refuse to accept that he’s as good as a two time SB champion QB should be. Maybe it’s just me though. Eli is perpetually one brain fart away from blowing every game he’s in. Nice guy but soft in the head or something.

  2. ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Apr 25, 2016 at 7:12 AM

    Right now, the Vegas odds for winning the Superb Owl and the NFC championship are each higher for Dallas and the NYG than for us.

    IF we can get a couple more pieces for our D in the draft and get it to gel…

    • bangkokben - Apr 25, 2016 at 7:39 AM

      So get your bets in now before the odds get less lucrative.

  3. ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Apr 25, 2016 at 8:06 AM

    Overall, I think it’s a good move for Washington. Norman is clearly a very talented corner who will be a big upgrade. He also allows them to focus attention elsewhere in the draft, where they can look to add a safety or defensive lineman instead of a cornerback. I’m not too concerned about the length of the contract. He’s 28 and will be 29 before the end of the season, meaning he’ll be well into his 30s by the end of the contract. But zone corners tend to last a little bit longer at a higher level than man corners.

    In zone, he doesn’t have to rely as much on athleticism, which is what will deteriorate as he gets older. The only problem I have is the price. The type of money he is getting is in line with top lockdown corners, but that’s not what Norman is. As long as Washington can withstand the cap hits, Norman should prove to be a good addition to help combat top NFC East wide receivers Bryant and Beckham.

    I agree with everything Bullock said. Key for us in the draft is getting someone who can replace Knighton (an ideally be quicker and more able to stay on the field for 3rdd downs). And adding safety prospects.

    • bangkokben - Apr 25, 2016 at 9:49 AM

      Thunder, at some point we have to “get on board” with this decision. I don’t like the 2nd year finances at all. If after three years it’s clear his skills have diminished then he’s released, the Redskins save $8.5 million and carry $6 million in dead money. Of course they can part ways a year early for nearly the same savings ($8 million) but will carry $9M in dead money. In the meantime, the Redskins have to cross their fingers that he doesn’t get injured in the first or second season because then they are not only out of the player’s services but their financial resources are tied to that player. This RISK seems to be on par with picking up the Griffin option times five. Where there is reward with the risk but the likely reward is so diminutive compared to the potential risk. I guess I’m still a ways from getting on board.

      As to not focusing on corner, it would seem to assure that corner will not be either of the top two picks but I’d be surprised if at least one isn’t drafted. There is still the need for depth at the slot corner as Breeland is the only guy who can play there.

      • ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Apr 25, 2016 at 9:59 AM

        “Thunder, at some point we have to “get on board” with this decision.”

        I did already! Even before it was announced, but when it was clear it was going to happen.

        Comment is back there in Real Redskins, somewhere…

        • bangkokben - Apr 25, 2016 at 10:10 AM

          Yes, I know you have. Some of us, it’s going to take time. Improving the secondary is important and this move should do that. Just seems like an EXPENSIVE three year fix that may not be enough to get us over the hump due to its cost.

  4. Mr.moneylover - Apr 25, 2016 at 8:42 AM

    Yea we should be the clear favorites but ppl still think we are the same old redskins and not giving us no credit….and were the hell is this kam Chancellor rumor coming from haven’t seen a reliable source speak up about this yet…the only way I can see this happening is on draft day because they do still need a saftey and they don’t got good reliable options right now and I think Seattle got 2 second round picks

  5. Mr.moneylover - Apr 25, 2016 at 8:45 AM

    Vernon Butler is better then jarren reed …last year jarren reed only had 2 sacks he struggle to get to the QB…I like Vernon Butler better or Chris Jones

    • ajbus1 - Apr 25, 2016 at 8:49 AM


    • sidepull - Apr 25, 2016 at 8:51 AM

      And I will go out on a limb and say I like Ridgeway.

    • Mr.moneylover - Apr 25, 2016 at 8:54 AM

      Andrew Billings is another guy who is worth that 21th overall pick…Seattle might want to trade up to get our pick…anything is possible on draft day so that rumor will stay alive until after daft day

  6. Mr.moneylover - Apr 25, 2016 at 8:51 AM

    The biggest thing redskins need is to just stay healthy because they roster got better but with a few new draft pieces it will lead us back to the playoffs….I just went on they making up a rumor that redskins trying to trade for kam Chancellor…why make up something you have no idea of its websites like that that should be shut down for false information

    • sidepull - Apr 25, 2016 at 8:52 AM

      Kam wont be coming here, not until hes 34-35 at least.

      • Mr.moneylover - Apr 25, 2016 at 9:07 AM

        He’s 28 now…and he’s on record saying it will be a dream come true to play for his hometown team….

  7. Mr.moneylover - Apr 25, 2016 at 9:04 AM

    That kam Chancellor rumor is on a lot of websites…they said its possible Seattle will trade Kam Chancellor on draft day and kam Chancellor is still very upset about his contract situation and they bring up the redskins as possible trade partners since we need a saftey

    • Rich Tandler - Apr 25, 2016 at 9:27 AM

      As was the case in early March, Kam to DC is sheer rumor made up out of thin air. Not that it for sure won’t happen but the talk is based on absolutely nothing.

      • Ken Linkins - Apr 25, 2016 at 10:56 AM

        Rich, how often do you think that Gm’s talk about trades that never get reported?

        • Rich Tandler - Apr 25, 2016 at 11:36 AM

          This time of year, multiple times per day.

      • Mr.moneylover - Apr 25, 2016 at 3:46 PM

        I know its on….not a reliable website

    • John - Apr 25, 2016 at 12:31 PM

      Shuh! It could happen and monkeys might fly out of my butt…

  8. troylok - Apr 25, 2016 at 9:09 AM

    One player doesn’t push a team over the top unto himself. The player has to fit within the organization and the coaching staff needs to find a way to get the most out of the player. I think Norman’s signing, coupled with a strong corner on the other side, will allow Berry to bring more rushers leaving his corners in man coverage more often. I can see that making a difference, especially with Gallette on the roster. They still have not solved nose tackle, and I know they could make do with what they have, but it would be nice to see a big plug put in the middle of that line.

    On offense, I think everyone is down-playing the need for a running back. A second year player with a spotty resume is not to be depended upon. I think Jones could be good, but then again, he could also return to his fumbling ways. The Redskins desperately need a plan “B”.

    • sidepull - Apr 25, 2016 at 10:57 AM

      Reliability at RB, not sitting in the bench nursing injuries, that they can count on to show up and play. Do we have one that fits the bill? I say we do not, yet. Jones stays healthy, thats half the battle right there. Fumbles can be just a welcome to the NFL experience and he can get over that but staying healthy, being a force that administers punishment, as well as takes it, that’s what I want to see.

    • dirtyrottenscoundrels - Apr 26, 2016 at 1:54 PM

      Lol. You don’t remember Darrell green and him shutting down one side of the field.

      Seriously? A guy that makes a qb shy from the best wr? It can seriously affect a game plan and game play. It can swing games entirely.

      It can help swing a team quickly by allowing players get into the offensive backfield better by covering better and cutting off options.

      How about not always having double cover because you have better dbs?

      No. I disagree. DG changed how we could play defense. Norman isn’t DG, but had he swung two games last year and helped against GB, we might have been 11-5 and further in the playoffs.

      Give you an example – preston smith after he started catching fire made a difference. He put pressure on QBS and made it harder for have

      • dirtyrottenscoundrels - Apr 26, 2016 at 1:56 PM

        Clean throws. (Don’t you just hate when you post by accident? Lol)

  9. Mr.moneylover - Apr 25, 2016 at 9:10 AM

    Scot M. Wouldn’t have sign josh Norman if he don’t fit the scheme lucky us he fit exactly what we tryna do

  10. Kmac - Apr 25, 2016 at 9:45 AM

    Dude you are the most pessimistic columnist ever. They have a very good receiving core, another year with Cousins more comfortable in the system. He was the best qb in the division. DeSean stays healthy and our young offensive line keeps getting better. Our corners are the 2 best in the division. That’s what you hang your hat on Debbie Downer.

    • Rich Tandler - Apr 25, 2016 at 10:55 AM

      Dude, the fact that I don’t walk around with pom-poms doesn’t mean I am a “downer”. If you don’t like balance you might not find much you like on this site.

      • sidepull - Apr 25, 2016 at 10:58 AM

        LOL that was funny dude

      • hotpicksblog - Apr 25, 2016 at 11:31 AM

        Rich please when you get a chance post a photo of you standing in your kitchen with your cheerleading outfit on and holding your pom pom’s. We would all enjoy that……..

      • ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Apr 25, 2016 at 12:07 PM

        The Tandler Abides.

  11. dugferd - Apr 25, 2016 at 10:10 AM

    It’s more like they have been dealt 2 pair with the Norman deal (pun intended), and are drawing for a full house. All of the things mentioned in the article would certainly give them the strongest hand, but they don’t need each of those to have a winnable hand. Even with some faltering, they still wouldn’t be left holding garbage and getting caught in a bluff.
    Let’s just hope those 2 pair aren’t aces and eights.

    • ET - Apr 25, 2016 at 12:56 PM

      While you’re really milking the metaphor to death, I agree with you. There’s more than one route to holding the best hand. The Norman and Galette signings increase the probability in a significant way. And hey, this is the latter-day NFC East we’re talkin’ about. That doesn’t hurt.

  12. hotpicksblog - Apr 25, 2016 at 11:27 AM

    if you want to play the “WHAT IF” game above then you have to do it with Dallas as well. What if Tony Romo doesn’t have a miracle season and stay healthy for all 16 games? Because with 2 straight years of surgery on a back and a shoulder and a brand new 36 year old Birthday Party… my opinion….the Dallas Cowboys are dead in the water even before the first snap of 2016.

    with Philadelphia drafting a QB, Its pretty easy to see a QB controversy at the halfway point of the season because you don’t wreck your draft and go all in for a QB who is sitting down on the bench. Example: Andrew Luck….RG3…..Russell Wilson. A rookie will be starting by midseason.

    New York has a woeful offensive line and the Redskins have an improved Pass rush. and the ability to cover the Giants receivers. That is a recipe for a horrible N.Y. Giant ending.

  13. hotpicksblog - Apr 25, 2016 at 11:40 AM

    nobody has written yet or mentioned the most important thing that Scott M has brought to the Redskins this offseason and that is ATTITUDE. by resigning Galette and bringing in Norman the Redskins defense is going to have the thing that Scott M loves and once had in San Fran: NASTY.

    Look for Scott M to make that first pick in the draft a defensive player who is NASTY. In my opinion the Skins have been too “nice” in the past and we saw the change begin last summer. But now look for Scott to complete the transition to NASTY with this draft. As in San Fran and Seattle Scott M is looking to build a “BULLY”….and I expect a linebacker and defensive lineman to join the Skins shortly…….and both will have attittude.

  14. ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Apr 25, 2016 at 12:33 PM

    I see Rich addressed a hypothetical trade up by the Titans with us on twitter.

    So here’s a possible scenario that would get us a trade. Paxton Lynch should be the 3rd QB off the board. (I don’t think he belongs in the 1st anyways, but this is the NFL these days.)

    So what if the Jets pass on him? Rumor has it that both the Broncos and the Browns (with their 1st pick in 2nd round) might have an interest in moving up, as long as they don’t have to spend too much (e.g., move too far).

  15. Yours - Apr 25, 2016 at 4:08 PM

    I’m a Redskins fan for 35 years, but the Cowboys are the favorites to win the East. Best OL, star QB, star receiver, future HOF TE. Last season we benefitted from Romo’s absence. And by the Giants horrible defense. This season will be different.

    But we’re improving. If Cousins and our OL continue to improve, if Jordan Reed can improve his blocking, if we get some consistency out of our run game, and if our defense improves, yes then we have a chance. But that’s a lot of ifs. Nevertheless, I like the direction we’re moving in, and while I don’t see us as favorites — especially with our tough schedule this season — I do think we’ll be a tough out for most teams and we’ll stay close enough to win, possibly win the East.

  16. kenlinkins - Apr 25, 2016 at 4:41 PM

    Rich, it seems that the Redskins GM is in a greater gambling mood in 2016 (tagging Cousins, signing Norman, Galette, Bruton and Davis to something other then Cap friendly contracts). Is this still Plan “A” the slow steady build up of roster talent using the draft or Plan “B” the find a way to buy 9 wins each year knowing that should win the NFC East title placing the Redskins in the Play-Offs, keeping his boss and the fans happy? Could the Draft help to clear up the “Style” the Redskins GM is using?

  17. goback2rfk - Apr 25, 2016 at 6:23 PM

    Favorites in the NFC East? Favorites in the NFC maybe!

  18. Skulb - Apr 25, 2016 at 6:25 PM

    I know that being the President of the Pessimists’ Union is hard work Mr Tandler, but I don’t think this is even a question. NYG have clearly panicked after realizing that they have about two football players on their roster, Dallas are a good hit away from not having a QB again and the Eagles are in complete disarray. Norman signing for the Skins is a huge blinking neon sign proclaiming that the Redskins are the NFC East favorites. I am pretty sure he would not have signed for the Skins if this had been two years ago.

    • colmac69 - Apr 25, 2016 at 6:48 PM

      I agree. ….I know most comments were posted before GM had his presser but u read what he said you realise here a guy who can take skins where fans want to go….u read the posts column bout how Norman deal unfolded u realise who in charge… is the best we have had since the beathard days of the 80,s…..Yeh he gets things wrong time to time but his track record on building teams who can challenge for titles is unquestionable and players are clearly buying into that…..u look at state of other teams in division then u certainly have to think skins are favs right know….however lot things can happen btwn now and start season……gd times ahead I think

      • Skulb - Apr 25, 2016 at 9:27 PM

        Precisely. If you rank FA acquisitions on a scale from -10 (Fat Albert) to +10 (Jerry Rice in Oakland) the worst Scot has done so far is maybe a +3 or so with Knighton, who never really convinced me. But he also wasn’t terrible. Just a bit fat and stationary at times. But I don’t think it’s just who he signs from a statistical perspective but also how they are used. Blackmon, Foster and particularly Dunbar were good examples last year of how much can be made with (relatively speaking) very little. If they can get good performances out of Quinton Dunbar at safety they should be able to get great ones out of Norman at corner. Good times indeed.

    • goback2rfk - Apr 25, 2016 at 7:57 PM

      I am just going to come out and say it. I am expecting playoffs again. In fact I am expecting 1st round win playoffs next season. Anything short of playoffs is an utter failure.

      • Skulb - Apr 25, 2016 at 9:15 PM

        I wouldn’t go quite that far and tend to take a longer perspective. I would say that failing to win a SB with Cousins will be an utter failure. Even if they take a step back in 16 that is still the bar for the next three-five years. People just have mental recidivism into pessimism and the habitual assumption that being a Redskins fan has to be something humiliating and embarrassing. I am convinced that it shortly won’t be, if it even is at all anymore.
        Signing Josh Norman has me all giddy for 2016 though. Imagine what last year’s team could have done with him at CB in 15. We were routinely mauled in the secondary with huge plays, and fixing that has to be the number one priority,. And to that end, what better signing than Norman?

        I agree with you other than that though. First round win in 16 and SB in 17. It is OK to be optimistic again.

  19. Jlb12300 - Apr 25, 2016 at 7:06 PM

    All I have to say is we are the best team in the NFC East. The Eagles will be bottom feeders they are in rebuild mode. The Giants need more help than they can buy. And the Cowboys well let’s just say maybe Romo gets sandwiched by Kerrigan, Baker and Galette and goes down for a few games at least. This is something that I thought I would never say but the Redskins are definitely the most stable team in the NFC East. Wow who would have thought that until last year.

  20. James McFullan - Apr 25, 2016 at 7:42 PM

    Here’s what I believe the Redskins should do, trade their 4th & 6th round picks plus Shawn Lauvao to the Seahawks for Kam Chancellor, then trade their first round pick to the Browns for both of their 2nd round picks and then draft Keanu Neal, Vernon Butler, and then Michael Thomas. Then draft Nick Martin in the 3rd round and then draft Keith Marshall in the 5th round.

    • goback2rfk - Apr 25, 2016 at 9:01 PM

      I am sure Seattle will be chomping at the bit to make that trade. lol

      • John - Apr 25, 2016 at 9:19 PM

        A bag of beans and a gaurd with bad wheels for one of the best safeties in the game. Let me think about it. Yeah, I don’t think Seattle would be calling you back on that one. More like laughing at you and blocking your calls.

        • Skulb - Apr 25, 2016 at 9:31 PM

          Dear Seattle

          Please take our trash and give us what we really really need but can’t find in the draft.

          Sincerely yours, the Washington Redskins.

      • ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Apr 25, 2016 at 9:29 PM

        Also the Browns might hesitate before giving up their 2nd and their original 3rd (they don’t have 2 2nd rounders).

        And then you still wouldn’t get those three players with picks 32,53, and 65.

        But fan is short for fanatic…

  21. dirtyrottenscoundrels - Apr 26, 2016 at 1:34 PM

    I would rate them as a slight edge. Not overwhelming as we can’t seem to shake the injury bug.

    Still, we have a center that has been on the p.s. and is supposedly making good strides from other reports I have browsed. Luavao will be back and the line will have more time to gel. I expect moves to bolster the dl and lb depth quickly and often even if scot trades back.

    I also expect another rb pickup.

    Seriously – even a 1 game improvement would be huge and a heckuva swing over two years from 4-12 and 3-13.

    I think norman, galette and any additions to the dl panning out is worth more than one game improvement. Better defense like not allowing 30 passing tds is worth more than that. It also allows us to work more on the running game not being behind so badly at times as well as creating turnovers. More running with a line that is getting better means more play action which kirk does extremely well at.

    Just saying. 10-6 should be within reach and splitting with Philly dallas and the Giants at least should help us be right in the mix for the top.

  22. sarcasticdave94 - May 1, 2016 at 3:26 PM

    Short answer? Yes. A bit longer reason why we win the NFC E again: the rookies just drafted change the team some, Doctson the 1st round WR is talented AND taller than our other WRs, new DT a mean blocker, LB/safety new weapon/wrinkle, CB corps is revamped with JOSH NORMAN plus rookies plus Breeland is another year into the pros, other free agent additions, our 2nd year guys step up, etc. And QB Cousins steps up above last year or at the very least he doesn’t go backwards. RB Jones gets stickier hands. P & K advance. Coaching staff as a whole steps up to get better also.

    • sarcasticdave94 - May 1, 2016 at 3:30 PM

      And I forgot to mention we don’t have s rookie head coach like N.Y. and Philly plus although Romo is a good QB he gets hurt every year. Redskins aren’t dealing with either of these issues. Archives

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