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Projecting The Redskins In 2015

Posted by Andrew Walker on May 23, 2012 – 2:25 pm

(AP photo)

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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7 Responses to “Projecting The Redskins In 2015”

  1. By ALLinSKINS on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    Simple put the teams that find long term success are able to get there roster to overachieve vs where they were selected in the draft or the player they were before signing. Look no further then the patriots, ravens, and recently the 49ers. All have gotten more out of there players. If the SKINS can hit on a few picks or free agents then it will only help RG3 to lead us to the promise land.

  2. By skinsrock on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    Idiots… 2015 really? projecting that far…. Teams can turnover 30 percent of the roster in that time… who knows what the future holds…. 2 career injuries to GMen DLine & then what will they project?

  3. By jerry D. on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    How can Trent Dilfer judge a team when he was terrible

  4. By B'moreCatinDC on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    Their projections seem to lack any originality or thinking out of the box… giving no real consideration to the Skins’ possible and likely growth. Their vision of the NFC East looks like a carbon copy of the division over most of the last decade or so. (LAME!)

    But, you know what? I like it… let the Skins be the underdogs (Vegas has us favored in only 4 games this year.)… let the NFL underestimate who the Redskins are…. and to paraphrase a young Muhammad Ali; watch the Skins “shake up the world!!!”


  5. By Ryan on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    This is one of the dumbest articles I have ever read.

  6. By GoNavy01 on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    This is an incredibly stupid article. I shall slit my wrists for reading it. God bless.

  7. By e1ghty8 on Jun 12, 2012 | Reply

    20th??? REALLY??? Umm let’s see we got the “14th” ranked Cowboys, who most likely won’t even HAVE Romo in 2015, and the “7th” ranked Eagles, who won’t even have Vick, DeShawn Stevenson, Rodgers-Cromartie, etc. by then AS a higher rank than the team with a 3rd-year vet in RG3, and LOCKS in Kerrigan, Orakpo, Davis, Hankerson (don’t sleep on him) and Cousins??? NFL needs to BLACKLIST anyone responsible for this article smh

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