ESPN’s Trent Dilfer, Mel Kiper, Gary Horton and Matt Williamson today released a very interesting perspective of what they believed the NFL could look like in three years.
Where did the Redskins stack up?
Well, not exactly great — but not exactly dismal.
Their formula for future success included give main categories, each of which carried a certain weight:
- Roster (32.5 percent);
– Quarterback (17.5 percent);
– Draft (15 percent);
– Front office (15 percent); and
– Coaching (20 percent)
These categories, according to the four experts, left the Redskins sitting at No. 20 overall with an overall score of 56.38 on a scale of 100.
To put that in better perspective, their No. 1 team — the Green Bay Packers — had an overall score of 87.25, while their 32nd-ranked team — the Cleveland Browns — had an overall score of 38.69.
Here’s a snippet of each category and where these writers thought the Redskins stood in 2015:
- Roster: They believe the challenge will be surrounding current rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III with young, talented guys at offensive skill positions moving forward. They consider tight end Fred Davis a “solid player” to look out for in 2015. On defense, outside linebackers Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan are looked at as the future of the unit, though age becomes “a real problem.”
– Quarterback: Griffin III is “the man in D.C.,” and he is expected to succeed.
– Draft: Even though the Redskins gave up a lot draft-wise to get Griffin III, they believe the 2011 draft class could pay dividends.
– Front office: “Washington will spend if it needs to and will go in any direction to improve its personnel if it will help the team win,” the article says.
– Coaching: They consider head coach Mike Shanahan a very loyal coach who gives a lot of freedom to offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan and defensive coordinator Jim Haslett.
Here’s how the NFC East shapes up as Dilfer, Kiper, Horton and Williamson see it in 2015:
- 1. New York Giants (81.13 score; No. 3 overall)
– 2. Philadephia Eagles (74.00 score; No. 7 overall)
– 3. Dallas Cowboys (62.06 score; No. 14 overall)
– 4. Washington Redskins (56.38 score; No. 20 overall)
With a much younger and more rejuvenated roster than its had in years, I would’ve thought the Redskins might’ve ranked a little higher on this list. One factor that seems apparent is the top teams on this list were playoff teams — or at least had winning records — last season, something the Redskins lacked.
So with a quality 2012 season, perhaps the Redskins can once again be considered a serious contender for years to come.
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