NFL 2012 Season Preview: the NFC East – Washington Redskins

If you’ve been on the moon, the ‘Skins have a hot new quarterback. And he is sizzling!

2011 wrap-up:

  1. While technically, this team has a new quarterback, in reality one could simply say that they finally have a quarterback. And that’s all we’ll say about the signal-caller position last season.
  2. The team boasted a –14 turnover ration. Who knew it went that high?
  3. The team didn’t crack 20 points for seven straight games.
  4. If Mike Shanahan’s name weren’t, well, Mike Shanahan—he would have been fired. Jim Zorn certainly was with a better (slightly) winning percentage.
  5. If Kyle Shanahan’s name weren’t….you get it. The nepotistic offensive coordinator needs to seriously elevate his performance in 2012.
  6. The team finally got a Shanahan-style running back in Tim Hightower, only to have him blow out his knee in October. He is just easing his way back into the game this August. Roy Helu, Ryan Torain and Evan Royster are still in the mix as well.
  7. Fred Davis proved he can play TE in the NFL. Chris Cooley phoned it in even before he broke his leg.
  8. WR Santana Moss looked old, slow and chubby.
  9. The O-line is in flux. Trent Williams should be a Pro-Bowl LT, but he was suspended several games last season for substance abuse. The rest of them were a merry-go-round of injuries.
  10. The defense provided some bright spots as NT Barry Cofield stormed into his new position with a passion and the linebacking corps featured Brian Orakpo and rookie sensation Ryan Kerrigan. Plus they have the ageless wonder, London Fletcher.
  11. The secondary struggled with age and injuries.

2012 offseason:

  1. Assuming here that you know who Robert Griffin III is and why Washington is excited to have him.
  2. Trying to protect him with two-tight end sets. This did not succeed against the Chicago Bears defense in Week 2 of the preseason. It looked better against the Colts in Week 3, but let’s just say it’s a good thing Griffin is a runner.
  3. Safety Brandon Meriweather and Brian Orakpo were both injured in preseason. Both are expected back.
  4. Alfred Morris is the new rusher in the nation’s capitol. Who the heck is he? He is a sixth-rounder from Florida Atlantic. He can also catch. Tim Hightower returned in preseason Week 3 and says he feels great. He looked good, but it doesn’t appear that the Shanahans are going to rush him back.
  5. Kyle Shanahan waited until Week 3 to open up the offense. RGIII overthrew some receivers, but the potential is there. WR Pierre Garcon is the new big threat.
  6. Santana Moss has lost 20 lbs and may well have a successful season.
  7. Brandon Banks, Anthony Armstrong, Aldrick Robinson, Niles Paul and Dezmon Briscoe are competing in the return specialist slot.

Storylines:

  1. Watch one of the league’s future hopes at QB emerge and develop before your eyes.
  2. Who will finally land the starting RB slot now that Hightower is back? Morris looks like something truly special.
  3. PK Graham Gano was not dependable last season. Hmmmm.
  4. TE Niles Paul is making a lot of noise. Cooley says he’s back to full strength. He’d better be or he’s going to be playing fullback.
  5. Newcomer WRs Dezmon Briscoe and Josh Morgan will make opposing secondaries nervous when combined with Garcon and Moss.
  6. The offensive line needs to improve in order for Griffin to succeed—not mention stay on the field.
  7. Watch Rookie CB Richard Crawford. This team needs new blood in the secondary. The safety position is in total flux, but Tanard Jackson could be a starter eventually.
  8. The team drafted QB Kirk Cousins as a developmental project. Look out, Rex Grossman.

 

 

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