This week, the redskins Defense held the Jags to 336 yards and 17 points. While it's not the greates defensive effort we've seen, it's definitely an improvement. What was different?
All game, the redskins were rushing 4 or 5 guys. They put good pressure on Garrard and that forced key mistakes - especially the Kevin Barnes INT in overtime. They also produced a couple holding calls and a sack/fumble that I don't think would have happened if they only rushed 3 guys. This has always been my biggest problem with the 3-4: There isn't enough pressure on the QB. more guys equals more pressure and fewer holes for rushing.
The other factor is that the players today were hungry. This has been another huge problem for tthe Redskins. They pay all of these high profile guys up front with guaranteed money and none of them feel the need to play hard. If we're going to sign someone to a contract, the guaranteed salary should be the minimum pay, with the big bucks rolling in for Playof berths and Super Bowls. This is, I think, is the key to a team that plays hard and with motivation. This garbage about paying a guy 80 million dollars just to be on the team doesn't work and honestly isn't fair; Frankly, no one player makes a team. Why should the QB be payed so much more than an Offensive Guard?Without the line, the QB wouldn't be able to let plays develop or likely even get the ball out of his hands. This is something that needs to be looked at by the redskins in the near future. because of this, I think the Redskins should trade their first round pick for two picks in the second or third round. econd and hird round guys are still elite talent but come at discount prices. This should be done immediately.
As far as the players we saw, I think we've found the answer at Nose Tackle in Anthony Bryant. It's good to see that we have one less hole to fill for the moment. Barnes played very well for the most part, and with a little more time I think he'll be a great corner. This means we can trade Hall this offseason; after such a good season from Hall, his trade value should be high. We could probably get a 3rd rounder out of him. Rogers still has a few more decent seasons in him, so our corners next season would be decent enough to not have to address for the coming season.
AH is certain to be gone next season, whether he's cut or traded. Hopefully we can trade him for a late round draft pick but I don't think it'll happen. He'll probably just be cut. Goodbye Fat Al, we won't be missing you.
So the only remaining holes we need to fill on defense are - well, not a lot. I think that given time to gel this lineup will get us through the next season.
This allows the Redskins to adress the holes on Offense. Contrary to what everyone seems to think, Rex could be fine as a fill-in at QB for the next 2 seasons. I actually think he played better than Donovan would have given the strength of the Jag's pass rush - Donovan would've taken a lot more sacks. Most of Rex's incompletions came from him just making sure he didn't get taken down for a loss, or from dropped balls. His INT came on a VERY questionable call by the officials and given a little more time with the first team he should be a viable starter going into the 2011 season. Donovan, then, can be traded for hopefully a second or third round pick. We can wait until the 2012 draft to pick up a QB and mold him behind Rex. At that point, we'll have real contender on our hands.
All of the high-round picks should go to Offensive Linemen and Wide Receivers, in that order. I'm sure Shanny can find a great Running Back in the 6th or 7th rounds like he always has; Otherwise, Torain is a pefectly good starter for the Redskins moving forward.
Discuss/Argue in the comments. I look forward to seeing what you think about all of this.