After our divisional season review podcasts, we are now looking to the future and asking where each franchise goes from here. We put ourselves in the chair of being GM or the owner and going over what moves we would make in order to win a Superbowl, make the playoffs or just regain some pride…
Today we take a look at the Washington Redskins.
Don’t forget to check out the NFC East podcast where we talked to Scott Mackay and got their thoughts on them!
How Did Last Season Go?
The season was going swimmingly well but as was the case the season before, injuries decimated their playoff chances.
Even before the season started, their new shiny toy in the backfield Derrius Guice went down for the season with a torn ACL. This led to the signing of Adrian Peterson who, at the ripe old age of 33, stepped in with another 1000 yard season when many thought that he didn’t have the legs anymore.
The most important nail in the coffin for Washington though was week 11; The Redskins were 6-3 before a horrific injury to Alex Smith against the Texans at home changed the whole landscape of the Redskins aspirations.
More injuries to the offensive line which is commonplace for the Redskins (again had one of the highest adjusted wins for injuries for a 2nd year in a row) meant that the defence just had to cover over too many cracks to keep the team up and winning games.
It is a testament to the defence that they still had an outside shot at even winning the division or a wildcard berth in week 16 when they lost to the Titans.
Redskins fans got to see the whole depth chart at QB with Colt McCoy and Josh Johnson – the guy with the most American name ever, getting some playing time at FedEx field.
As mentioned, no January football for the Redskins which seems very harsh considering they were the pacemakers for the majority of the way but I don’t think it’s a coincidence that these injuries keep happening. The training regime or the way these players recuperate must be looked at.
Washington have the 15th pick of the 1st round along with picks 46 (2), 76 (3), 96 (3), 153 (5), 173 (5) inside the top 200. Washington were awarded 4 compensatory picks for this year’s draft.
The Redskins have $12m in cap space at this precise moment.
A couple of key players have exited for pastures new.
They include tackle Ty Nsekhe and WR Jamison Crowder on offence, with safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and linebacker Preston Smith on defence.
The Redskins went la la with Ha Ha’s replacement, signing division rival’s safety Landon Collins from the Giants to a huge deal. 6 years, $84m contract is quite the investment.
Desperation around the Alex Smith quandary saw them go get Quarterback Case Keenum, who is surely a 1 year bridge gap to either a 2020 draft QB.
Washington have re-signed Adrian Peterson to a deal, which intimates that Derrius Guice may not be ready to go full blast in week 1.
They’ve also signed the flag collector Ereck Flowers from the Giants and oldie Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to 1 year deals.
Outlook for Next Year
The bucket load of draft picks are a godsend for the franchise due to Alex Smith’s cap investment and the Redskins could be teetering on purgatory for a while.
It’s fortunate that the Giants are a god-awful team too (we’ll get to them tomorrow) because otherwise, this franchise would be rooted to the bottom of this division. Case Keenum isn’t a quarterback that is going to lead this team to January football.
Look for the redskins to add primarily on offence in the draft, needing some WR help and possibly a Tight End at 15 should TJ Hockenson fall there.
When September comes around, I’m not sure there will be many excited Redskins fans about the season. I can’t see any scenario where the Redskins make the playoffs and will probably be challenging for the top 5 or top 10 in the 2020 1st round picks.
I think the backfield will be interesting and you’ll probably find that as the weeks progress, Adrian Peterson’s role will diminish and Derrius Guice’s will increase as they ease him back in.
Defence will need to keep playing to it’s high level and if Case Keenum is able to find any of his 2017 form with the Vikings and Jordan Reed is able to play at least 3 quarters of the team’s games, then they may get to 8-8.
But like other teams always lingering in the 8-8 nightclub, you need to get chucked out and visit the top 5 draft pick pub before you can get access into the double digit win club (please drink responsibly).
Case Keenum – undrafted – low QB2/QB3
Adrian Peterson – Later rounds – RB3
Derrius Guice – mid to late round – RB3
Josh Doctson – just….no
Jordan Reed – later rounds – TE1 upside