In 2008, the New Orleans Saints finished 8-8 and last in the NFC South. The next season, however, the Saints earned five more wins in the regular season and won the Super Bowl.
Could the Redskins see a similar improvement in 2012?
The last-place teams in each division in the NFC from 2011 were judged for how quickly they could possibly turn it around in this NFL.com article from Daniel Jeremiah.
It’s hard to disagree with Jeremiah’s assertions. The Bucs were a pretty good team in 2010 before turning in a horrendous 2011 season in which they lost their last 10 games. The pieces are there — a young, slimmed down quarterback in Josh Freeman who has a new, speedy receiver in Vincent Jackson to throw deep to, as well as a new, structured head coach in Greg Schiano.
With the uncertainty surrounding the Saints and the up-and-down play last season by the Atlanta Falcons, the NFC South also appears much more wide open than the North, East or the West. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Buccanneers as at least a Wild Card contender in 2012.
Putting the Redskins at No. 2, however, is also a good move. Let’s not forget: Washington was in just about every game last season, especially within its division. Yes, it sounds cliché, but could an upgrade at quarterback — albeit a rookie quarterback — put the team over the hump in some of those games? The Redskins’ defense should also be much improved from a unit that at times looked like a Top 10 defense in 2011.
What do you think? Which team do you see turning it around the quickest in 2012?
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