ldsdbomber Posted November 24, 2006 Share Posted November 24, 2006 Since most people decided to outright slaughter the opinions of the "mediots" who wrote us off this year - and on the whole they turned out to have gotten it pretty spot on about us, the Cowboys, and the rest of it, can we still be Redskins fans but have a more realistic look ahead to the next few years. How deep are our problems - can they be fixed for next year, should be just write it all off and look to rebuild completely, or what? some obvious points - Campbell has had a very nice start, obviously a lot will rest on whether he can develop like one of the other young gunslingers in the league that seem to be doing well. We've invested a lot in him, and if he can use this year to get some experience and confidence, then next year he could be ready to really lead the team - injuries have hurt, Moss has missed time, Portis has been banged up from the start. Obviously if you have those two healthy you have the basis for a really good offense, but we need others to step up, we need to see more of Cooley, Lloyd and Randle El which I think will be helped by having a quicker, more mobile and stronger armed QB at the helm. We also need to sort out whether Duckett or Betts is going to be behind Portis next year and exactly what Sellers and Cartwright are going to be contributing. Fauria doesn't seem to have been a hit either - the offensive line play has been up and down. they absolutely mashed the Jaguars good front seven, but have looked awful at other times. In some respects having a quicker QB may help, even though on paper the pass protection has looked good. I think it might be time to take off the Redskins coloured specs and consider how good Jansen, Samuels, Dockery etc really are. But can you add enough to rebuild the line in a short space of time, can they then learn the schemes etc for Saunders plays? Who could we realistically bring in. - I think familiarity with the Saunders scheme should mean an increase in production next year, if you look at his teams, they always start out slow in the first year and then kick in - so that is something to look forward to with enthusiasm, however, he's also enjoyed very solid offensive line play and I'm really not sure exactly how good our guys are any more. (off topic: Is Alex Gibbs of the famous Denver/Atlanta cut blocking schemes any relation to Joe? Why doesn't Snyder pay $$$ to him to come and sort out our blocking :-)))) - I don't know what happened to our defense, but I think this requires a lot of work. We need some serious pass rushing presence up front, we need at least one stud linebacker, and we need to find at least one stud cornerback, plus someone to go alongside Taylor (like Ryan Clark!) who not only can cover some as well as hitting, but also can act as a tutor/guide to Taylor. Seems like there are a lot of need areas on defense in particular. Special teams, well, I think a new kicker and punter wouldn't exactly hurt either! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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