NFL.com’s Peter Schrager recently gave an interview where he had some high praise for the potential of the Redskins defense. Schrager’s praise centered around draft picks Jonathan Allen and Ryan Anderson which he loved. The highlight of the piece though in my opinion was when Schrager mentioned the least talked about addition to the Redskins defense: Coach Jim Tomsula. Schrager believes Tomsula, in particular, is going to be a key piece for the revitalization of the Redskins defense.
All Redskins fans should be excited about the addition of Tomsula who is a proven success when it comes to coaching defensive lineman and front seven players. I also think the days are gone of players giving half-hearted efforts, or performing poorly and still being able to retain their starting job under Tomsula and Manusky. Schrager mentioned that the Washington defense and front seven, in particular, is still quite young. I agree there is a lot of untapped potential from the group. I mentioned in a previous article how the Redskins have made a massive effort this offseason to upgrade the defense which included going after D.J. Swearinger, Zack Brown, and defensive linemen Stacy McGee and Terrell McClain.
With the influx of new defensive players coming in from this draft all from the top down you could argue will have some role and contribution on the team there is no reason the Redskins defense can’t be “nasty” this year if the players are put into situations to succeed. I hope everyone has a case of “hope springs eternal” for this defense and team in general. I think they are in prime position to turn a lot of heads this upcoming season.
Peter Schrager’s clip where he talks about the Redskins defense can be found here.