But why does Snider think we can ignore the Defensive Line in lieu of Johnson?
What's not being said is that this team already has an "instant playmaker"... or three, in Santana Moss, Clinton Portis, and Chris Cooley. It also has a Running Back placeholder in Ladell Betts and two very serviceable #2 and #3 receivers in Randle-El and Lloyd respectively. And our offensive line is none too shabby, either. All of which is to say that the Redskins happen to be a decent offense that is married to a recently pathetic defense, and why fix what ain't broke? More importantly, can we even compete with other suitors for the #2 pick (presuming that Russell goes to Oakland)?
Rick closes up the piece returning to the Joe Gibbs continuity argument:
2004 - 20 sacks
2005 - 16 sacks
2006 - 13 sacks
Fueled mostly by the declining play of Cornelius Griffin and Phillip Daniels, both north of 30. The replacement of Renaldo Wynn with Andre Carter acted as a mitigating factor, so view 2006's 13 sacks as the croaked canary informing of immediate impending doom if drastic action isn't taken posthaste. Hoping that Griffin and Daniels suddenly find the Fountain of Youth in 2007 is criminally naive, as we cannot afford to sack the opposing quarterback any less. Prediction: If the Redskins have 13 or fewer D-Line sacks in 2007, we will lose 10 games at a minimum, with or without Calvin Johnson.
And thus Rick Snider (who I have enormous respect for) and I simply split ways as regards the Redskins '07 draft strategy. While I would love to have Coach Gibbs on this team come 2008, I doubt having another "impact playmaker" is going to be much consolation having just lost double digit games for the third time in four years.