I should preface this by saying that I always predict that the Redskins will have an above average season. More often than not my brother-in-law (diehard Eagles fan) laughs off my foolhardy guesses at Redskin success.
But...I actually, truly, no blinders on believe that something is different this year.
First off, we have the draft. Kerrigan, Jenkins, Hankerson and Helu.
We have our one free agent signing OJ Atogwe.
We have a surplus of high character, hardworking players. This is of course under the assumption that the two DC distractions, Haynesworth and McNabb will be gone.
As I'm writing this, NFL Live's John Clayton is saying that Washington is one of the top landing spots for Plaxico Burress. Not a chance. I have a better chance of starting at right guard... all 5'9" and 155 lbs of me.
When will mainstream media realize the Redskins do not operate in such a manner anymore?
What does this all mean? I interpret this as a complete culture overhaul. Go with the program or get out.
I think the offense, which will probably be ran by John Beck, will be extremely reliant on the running game. This means that Torain, Helu and Williams will go for around 2,000 yards as a unit.
The receving corps will be much better. Moss will be back, Hankerson will start (and live up to all of our expectations) and Armstrong will stretch the field. Kelly will be cut. Banks will not.
The defense will be much improved with Jenkins and Carriker anchoring the line. Bryant will start at the nose, but Neild will see his fair share of playing time. This upgrade means a better pass rush with Orakpo and Kerrigan, who will probably have a combined 23 sacks. This in turn will improve the interceptions. Carlos will be gone and Barnes will step into his spot.
I smell something in the air. I feel it in my bones. Hell, we are just due some good luck because we are finally doing it the right way.
So (drumroll please)..........Washington Redskins 2011 record: 10-6, 2nd in NFC East and fifth playoff spot.