The disparity between preseason tempo and scheme and the regular season's play is always night and day. Likewise, the playoffs seem to produce a different level of play than even regular season. Players find that extra burst and coaches pull the tricks out of their sleeves. Therefore, I believe we get a pure, unadulterated look at how to win in the NFL, lessons if you will:
- All year, we have been saying, maybe offense does win Championships. With the Saints, Patriots and Packers all ranking last in defense, but leading their divisions, we assumed that was the case. The fact is, you need some defense. The Patriots produced a hell of a lot of offense, yes. But it was obvious they game-planned for Tebow and the Broncos in a way that the Steelers arrogantly did not. So Redskins, draft some defensive players.
- Offensive lines also win Championships. Watching Brady and Eli stand back there as if they were both sitting on a stool completely made the difference in their games. Brady looks like a stick man, but rarely gets touched. I did some research on the Patriots line, and they have many 1st and 2nd rounders upfront. So Redskins, draft an O-lineman in round 1 or 2.
- Aaron Rogers poor performance, made Matt Flynn's opportunities look legit. Yes he had 8 dropped passes in the playoff game. But he was off. It showed me for Matt Flynn to come in and get the production he did, was not a fluke. I have taken some heat from saying trade back, pick up Flynn and get more picks, but I stand by that scenario. Matt Flynn has proven himself in the NFL and if we draft O-line, a Receiver or two to give him weapons, makes more sense than trading up for a guy who has yet to play an NFL game. So, Redskins, trade for Matt Flynn and get an O-lineman and Receiver.
- The two tightend sets are hard to defend. Can we count on Davis and Cooley to stay healthy or should we look to draft a beast as well. So, Redskins, take the extra draft pick you acquire and draft a play making tightend.