[2017 NFL Preview] Washington Redskins

Ladies and gentlemen, we are just FOUR DAYS AWAY FROM THE START OF THE NFL SEASON!!!!!!

But before we get there, we still have TWO MORE TEAMS LEFT TO PREVIEW!!!!!

What the hell guys? What’s taking you so long?

Anyway, Washington fans have been waiting for over a month to see this preview. Let’s not make them wait any longer….OK?

LEZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ DOOOOOOOOOO DISSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!

 

 

 

 

2017 NFL Preview

 

 

 

 

Record Last Five Seasons: 10-6 (2012), 3-13 (2013), 4-12 (2014), 9-7 (2015), 8-7-1 (2016)

Last Playoff Win: 2005 Wild Card vs. Tampa Bay

Last Playoff Appearance: 2015 Wild Card vs. Green Bay

Super Bowl Wins: Super Bowl XVII, Super Bowl XXII, Super Bowl XXVI

Last Super Bowl Appearance: Super Bowl XXVI vs. Buffalo

 

The Head Coach:

Jay Gruden

Coaching Record: 21-26-1

Playoff Record: 0-1

Grade: C-

 

2016-17 Team Leaders:

Passing Yards/Touchdowns: Kirk Cousins (4,917), Kirk Cousins (25)

Rushing Yards/Touchdowns: Rob Kelley (704), Rob Kelley (6)

Receiving Yards/Touchdowns: Pierre Garcon (1,041), Jamison Crowder (7)

Tackles: Mason Foster (124)

Interceptions: Bashaud Breeland/Josh Norman (3)

 

2017 Projected Starters:

Grade Key:

  • ELITE
  • GREAT
  • GOOD
  • NOT GOOD
  • ROOKIE
  • HORRIBLE

Offense:

QB: Kirk Cousins

RB: Rob Kelley

WR: Terrelle Pryor

WR: Jamison Crowder

WR: Josh Doctson

TE: Jordan Reed

LT: Trent Williams

RT: Morgan Moses

RG: Brandon Scherff

LG: Shawn Lauvao

OC: Spencer Long

Defense:

DE: Jonathan Allen

DE: Stacy McGee

DT: Ziggy Hood

LB: Zach Brown

LB: Will Compton

LB: Ryan Kerrigan

LB: Preston Smith

CB: Josh Norman

CB: Bashaud Breeland

FS: D.J. Swearinger

SS: Deshazor Everett

 

The Schedule:

vs. Philadelphia Eagles (September 10)

vs. @ Los Angeles Rams (September 17)

vs. Oakland Raiders (September 24)

vs. @ Kansas City Chiefs (October 2)

BYE WEEK

vs. San Francisco 49ers (October 15)

vs. @ Philadelphia Eagles (October 23)

vs. Dallas Cowboys (October 29)

vs. @ Seattle Seahawks (November 5)

vs. Minnesota Vikings (November 12)

vs. @ New Orleans Saints (November 16)

vs. New York Giants (November 23)

vs. @ Dallas Cowboys (November 30)

vs. @ Los Angeles Chargers (December 10)

vs. Arizona Cardinals (December 17)

vs. Denver Broncos (December 24)

vs. @ New York Giants (December 31)

 

Three Things I Like About The Redskins This Season:

-Kirk Cousins: One of the strangest things in the NFL right now in my opinion is the pissing contest going on between the Redskins and QB Kirk Cousins. On one hand, you have the Redskins. A team that was looking for a franchise QB forever. They drafted Robert Griffin III in the first-round of the NFL Draft and drafted Kirk Cousins in the third-round of the same draft as “insurance”. It was a seemingly fantastic pick by Washington because we all know what happened to RG III. Cousins was far and away the better NFL player and it didn’t take long for that to come to fruition. Cousins has been in the league for five years now. We all know the guy can sling the rock as he’s quickly turned into one of the best gunslingers in the NFL. Yes, after a long stressful search….the Washington Redskins have found their franchise QB. Cousins has developed into a top 10 QB in this league and it wouldn’t shock me at all to see him get even better this year…just to walk out the door this off-season, but more on that later.

-Offensive Tackles: Washington had two of the best offensive tackles in the NFL last season and no one can argue that. Trent Williams was the best offensive tackle in the league last year and the guy is just a beast. Morgan Moses also was fantastic last year as well. There’s a reason that Kirk Cousins was statistically one of the best QB’s in the NFL last year. He gets amazing protection from his tackles.

-Jordan Reed: I expect a huge bounce back year from Jordan Reed this season. Last year he constantly battled injuries and struggled a bit at times. When fully healthy, Reed is pretty much un-coverable. I’m expecting big things out of a guy who should be Kirk Cousins #1 target this season.

 

Three Things I Hate About The Redskins This Season:

-Kirk Cousins Contract Situation: What is Washington doing with Kirk Cousins? Does anyone know? It seems to me like the Redskins can’t wait for the chance to get rid of Cousins even after it took them YEARS to get a franchise QB. Washington remembers how truly hard it is to find a talented gun slinger in today’s NFL right? Some NFL teams would kill to have a guy like Cousins on their roster, yet the Redskins are all like “Yaaaaaa, we don’t want to invest a lot of money into that position. Go to San Francisco, Kirkers”. If Washington lets Kirk Cousins walk out the door, it will be the biggest mistake this franchise has made in a long time. And they’ve made a lot of them…….

-WR Revolving Door: A QB’s connection with his WR is something that is built on trust and time together. Last year, Kirk Cousins had a great year partly due to the fact that he had such a good connection with Washington wideouts Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson. Well, those two are gone now. Garcon took his talents to San Francisco and Jackson is now catching balls from Jameis Winston. How will this change affect Cousins this season? The Redskins did bring in Terrelle Pryor to help ease the loss, but that’s not exactly going to get anyone super excited. Jamison Crowder is a fine player, but Josh Doctson has been a mess since entering the league. If Cousins does have a down year this year, it will partly be because the Redskins executives let some of his best weapons walk out the door.

-The Schedule: Washington plays a brutal schedule this year. They play in the NFC East, where the Eagles, Cowboys, and Giants are all considered potential playoff teams this year. They also have to face off against the NFC West, which we all know has been of the most dangerous divisions in football thanks to the Seahawks and the Cardinals in recent years. And if that wasn’t bad enough, the AFC conference that Washington has to play this year is the AFC West. A division that potentially has FOUR playoff teams itself. This is a tough schedule for Washington. It wouldn’t shock me at all to see things completely de-rail this season culminating in EVERYONE leaving.

 

The Prediction:

8-8

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