2016 NFL Preview: Washington Redskins

Football has arrived. It’s finally here and you know what that means…..

NFL TEAM PREVIEWS BABY!!!!!!!!!

There’s no reason for a long introduction or anything. You likely clicked on this because you wanted to see my prediction for the Redskins, not to remind you that football season has arrived.

So without further ado……

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Washington Redskins

The Stats:

Record Last Ten Seasons: 9-7 (2015), 4-12 (2014), 3-13 (2013), 10-6 (2012), 5-11 (2011), 6-10 (2010), 4-12 (2009), 8-8 (2008), 9-7 (2007), 5-11 (2006)

Last Playoff Appearance: 2015 Wildcard vs. Green Bay

Last Playoff Win: 2005 Wildcard vs. Tampa Bay

Super Bowl Titles Won: 3 (Super Bowl XVII, Super Bowl XXII, Super Bowl XXVI)

Passing Leader for 2015: Kirk Cousins (4,166 yards, 29 touchdowns, 11 interceptions)

Rushing Leader for 2015: Alfred Morris (751 yards, 1 touchdown)

Receiving Leader for 2015: Jordan Reed (952 yards, 11 touchdowns)

The Head Coach:

NFL: New York Giants at Washington Redskins

Jay Gruden

Overall Record (as a head coach): 13-19

Record With Team: 13-19

Previous NFL Jobs: Tampa Bay Buccaneers Offensive Assistant (2002-2008), Cincinnati Bengals Offensive Coordinator (2011-2013)

My Grade: C+

The Team:

(Depth Charts will change as training camps progress obviously….)

Player Grade Guide:

Blue = Elite Player

Green = Really Good Player

Orange = Average Player

Pink = Meh

Red = NO THANKS

Gray = Rookie

Offense:

QB: Kirk Cousins

RB: Matt Jones

WR: DeSean Jackson 

WR: Pierre Garcon

WR: Jamison Crowder 

TE: Jordan Reed

OC: Kory Lichtensteiger

OG: Brandon Scherff

OG: Spencer Long

OT: Trent Williams

OT: Morgan Moses

Defense:

DE: Chris Baker

DT: Kedrick Golston

DE: Ricky Jean-Francois

LB: Preston Smith

LB: Ryan Kerrigan

LB: Mason Foster

LB: Will Compton

CB: Josh Norman 

CB: Bashaud Breeland

SS: David Bruton

FS: DeAngelo Hall 

The Schedule:

vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (September 12)

vs. Dallas Cowboys (September 18)

vs. @ New York Giants (September 25)

vs. Cleveland Browns (October 2)

vs. @ Baltimore Ravens (October 9)

vs. Philadelphia Eagles (October 16)

vs. @ Detroit Lions (October 23)

vs. Cincinnati Bengals (October 30)

BYE WEEK

vs. Minnesota Vikings (November 13)

vs. Green Bay Packers (November 20)

vs. @ Dallas Cowboys (November 24)

vs. @ Arizona Cardinals (December 4)

vs. @ Philadelphia Eagles (December 11)

vs. Carolina Panthers (December 19)

vs. @ Chicago Bears (December 24)

vs. New York Giants (January 1)

The Prediction:

6-10

Brief Synopsis:

The Redskins are a hard team to predict this season. On one hand, I really like their roster. They have a good quarterback who showed last year that he can play in this league. Of course, now you have to worry about Kirk Cousins being that “one-hit wonder” that we see so often in the NFL. It’s not completely unheard of for a guy to have a great year and then hit rock-bottom the very next season. The Redskins definitely have their concerns about Cousins going further considering they didn’t lock him up to a long-term extension in the off-season. To me, that’s extremely worrisome. If Washington isn’t completely sold on Cousins being their franchise quarterback of the future, do they think that last year was just an anomaly and that Kirkers is once again going to go back to sucking ass?

As far as the rest of the offense is concerned, it’s alright. Washington has some nice wide receivers and running back Matt Jones showed some signs of promise last season, but he suffers from horrible fumbling problems. If he can’t fix those, he won’t last in the league very long regardless of how good he can run the football. The offensive line is probably Washington’s strength. Jordan Reed is a stud and should be a top fantasy pick for anyone looking to grab one of the tight ends. The rest of the line is good as well, but an upgrade is needed at the center position. If Cousins does end up having a great year this year, you can go ahead and blame this unit.

Defensively, the Redskins are OK. I absolutely love their corners. The addition of Josh Norman should be a big one this year, especially if Bashaud Breeland continues to quietly develop into one of the league’s best corners. Elsewhere, the defense has a lot of holes. The safeties are nothing to scream home about and outside of Ryan Kerrigan (who kind of had a down year last season), the linebackers are pretty gross. The defensive line is pretty good, but the team needs a nose tackle to step up and become a difference maker this season. I’m not sure that player currently exists on their roster. This will definitely be an interesting year on the defensive side of the ball for Washington. If this unit can improve their play this season (they were ranked 17th in defensive PPG last season), there’s no reason the Redskins shouldn’t win the NFC East this year and make another appearance in the playoffs.

So, do I think they will make the playoffs? Not exactly. This is a very hard team to predict. If Kirk Cousins and the defense can step up, they could end up having an extremely good season and make a deep playoff run. Or they could end up falling anywhere from 5-11, 6-10, 7-9, & 8-8 because Jay Gruden isn’t a very good NFL coach and it’s been this team’s thing to follow up a good season by falling back into the lower tier of NFL teams the very next season. Either way, it’s going to be a fun year in Washington. We don’t know what team we’ll be getting and if Kirk Cousins ends up having a good year….he can give the team the middle finger next off-season and sign with someone else. YOU LIKE THAT REDSKINS FANS!?!?!

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