If Redskins fans want Scot McCloughan to build a winning team, they will need to be patient since he will build mostly through the draft. How patient? Well, McCloughan started picking personnel for the 49ers in 2005. They didn't have a winning season until they went 13-3 and lost in the NFC title game in 2011.
But McCloughan doesn't think it will take that long to bring at least some degree of success to Washington. Why? He believes he's starting out with better material to work with.
There are a handful of key statistics Jay Gruden wants the Redskins to reverse in 2015.
At the top of that list? Turnover differential.
In 2014, the Redskins committed a whopping 31 turnovers while forcing only 19 for a -12 differential—the third worst ratio in the NFL.
The Washington Redskins did not have a very good secondary last season. They managed just seven interceptions while allowing the most passing touchdowns in the league (35). According to Football Outsiders' pass defense metric, they were dead last and the same was found by the game charters at Pro football Focus, who rated them last for pass coverage during the 2014 regular season.
Are the Washington Redskins better off around the quarterback than they were in 2012? Does less than an inch matter for a tackle's arm length? Both questions are featured in Part 1 of the mailbag this week, along with talk about guards and the voluntary nature of the workouts. Enjoy.
An early look at keys to the season, the tight end position, some players to watch and more in Part 2 of the Redskins mailbag. Enjoy.