ESPN’s Matt Mosley released his All NFC East team yesterday afternoon, and …well, the Redskins didn’t fare all that well. When you’re 4-12, I suppose you shouldn’t expect to have a whole lot of players honored in these things, but seeing it in black and white is pretty stark.
The two guys who did get honored were Andre Carter and London Fletcher, which isn’t really a huge surprise — one of them is going to the Pro Bowl, and I was pushing hard to get both of them there. The most obvious snub is the Redskins’ other Pro Bowler, Brian Orakpo. Here’s Mosley’s reasoning on all three:
DE: Andre Carter, Redskins: You may have noticed that we’re going with a 4-3 alignment on the All-Beast team. But no matter how you’re lining up, Carter put up some impressive numbers with 11 sacks. I’m anxious to see how he performs in Jim Haslett’s 3-4.
LB: London Fletcher, Redskins: Brian Orakpo will probably make the next seven or eight All-Beast teams. Let’s step aside and honor Fletcher for another outstanding season and his first Pro Bowl appearance. He’s not going to be around much longer because of age and Haslett’s new 3-4 scheme. Keith Brooking was also in the mix for this spot.
So, for those of you scoring at home, Carter’s 11 sacks were impressive no matter how he was lining up. Orakpo’s 11 sacks were good enough to get him onto the next seven or eight teams, but this year he was beaten out by DeMarcus Ware and Anthony Spencer of the Cowboys. Sure, why not.
Here’s the depressing thing, though: as I read through the roster, I can’t spot any other position where I could even make an argument that a Redskins player should’ve been considered. (Maybe Albert Haynesworth, but I know Mosley wasn’t a big fan of his performance this season, so I’m not even going there.)
It really points out how badly injuries decimated some of the top players on the team this year: if you were to make a list of “Usual Suspects From The Redskins To Make This List,” it would probably include at least a few of Chris Samuels, Chris Cooley, Clinton Portis, and Randy Thomas, all of whom were injured. If Chris Horton had continued to develop from last season and hadn’t been injured, maybe he could’ve made the conversation, and if Fred Davis had been starting — and playing at that level — for the entire year, you might consider him.
But as things actually developed, getting two guys onto that kind of list seems like something of a triumph.
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