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Chances Of A Quick Turnaround In 2012

Posted by Andrew Walker on June 4, 2012 – 4:06 pm

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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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15 Responses to “Chances Of A Quick Turnaround In 2012”

  1. By redskinspolo on Jun 4, 2012 | Reply

    no doubt that the Skins will definitely turn it around this season. If you take away the average of 2 INT’s from Rex last year with a healthy O-Line, some very capable WR’s and RGIII aka “The Arm” I see the Skins making plenty of noise not only in the division but in the league!!


    I’ve drank the kool-aid in the past, this year I’m tasting the sugar!!

  2. By mel andrews on Jun 4, 2012 | Reply

    I really think that the REDSKINS is going to be the team everyone is going to be talking about because of their talent at all positions, also I hand it to DAN SNIDER for giving the team EVERYTHING they need to become SUPERBOWL CHAMPIONS.

  3. By Timothy E. Bolding on Jun 4, 2012 | Reply

    The Washington Redskins now have a young QB who’s capable of being at least from what I see a perfect fit in Washington. The skins will improve by leaps and bounds this year because of RGIII. The added additions on offense makes this team completely different and better than last year barring no injuries, the Washington Redskins will be hosting the NFC East Championship at Fedex Field, You heard it heard FIRST I GUARANTEE IT!.

  4. By internetcareer on Jun 4, 2012 | Reply

    The Eagles are suppose to win the Division according to some, others say the Giants will repeat, and then the rest of the world has penciled in America’s Team as the most talented and so Dallas will win it all. Now..back to reality. SOMEBODY is going to be disappointed and that’s just a fact. The team with the best QB is usually the winner, more often than not. So the Eagles are out because Vick can’t play 16 games. Romo self destructs under pressure, and believe me, he is under a tone of it now. Manning is proven but the Giants never repeat because too many distractions and not enough inventive the 2nd time around. That leaves the Redskins who are filled with life right now, a Superman QB, and a defense that is hungry enough to finish in the top 5 if they stay healthy.

  5. By sam-e on Jun 4, 2012 | Reply

    Garcon, Morgan santana and RG3 will rule the skies in Tue jrc east…wildcard in ’12, real contender in’13!

  6. By dave s on Jun 4, 2012 | Reply

    redskins will improve but I am a realist. most teams went up and down in the draft for specific needs this year instead of best player on their board.the exce
    ption was with the pick of cousins.He will pan out 1 way or the other also. barring too many injuries 9-7

  7. By sid on Jun 5, 2012 | Reply

    it seems the skins players are always hurt every yr. so if they can stay healthy i think this team will make some noise this yr. and also these players are rallying around RG3 THEY ARE HUNGRY,HUNGRY,HUNGRY! HTTR.

  8. By chris on Jun 5, 2012 | Reply

    Wow, there are some homers on here. Dont get me wrong…Im as big a skins fan as the next guy, but lets get real. They were 5-11 last year. You can make all the excuses you want (rex, injuries, close games, beat the giants twice, etc.), but thats what they were….5-11. The record doesn’t lie. What have they added? A rookie QB….sure he looks promising, but he is a rookie. How often do rookies take bad teams to the playoffs? Flacco played on a good team. Matt Ryan is the exception. They added some WRs that could be upgrades…but both are unproven as being stars. No upgrades on the O-line…..even without the ijruies, the O line would have been average at best last year. Trent Williams looks more like a bust to me that an all pro left take. And the secondary? That is anyones guess….who plays safety and slot corner? The D front 7 looks good and deep…that is probably the strength for the team. 8-8 at best…..eliminated from playoff contention by week 15.

  9. By GMS on Jun 5, 2012 | Reply

    Ummm in 2008 the Redskins were also 8-8. Lost 4 more games the next season.

    Keep stirring that Kool-aid Danny boy!

  10. By southern man on Jun 5, 2012 | Reply

    with the additions 2 our “O” & 2ndary(which includes raheem morris), ITS ON, BABY!!! I’m realistic, but also know we were in most games last yr!!! we have a team, not a group of individual players!!! i have faithin our coaching staff bcuz they are all known commodities…WE ARE THE EAST SIDE NFC…WASHINGTON D.C. REDSKINS…HAPPY 80yr ANIVERSARY…HTTR…

  11. By Dave on Jun 5, 2012 | Reply

    I will always live and die with my Skins while also being very cautiously optimistic. RG3 will be a wash because for as many games he will win as an upgrade over Rex he will equally lose because he is a rookie. I disagree about Trent being a potential bust as he was starting to get it until he got hurt. The offense will have the potential of averaging about 20 or so ppg but, until we see how our secondary shakes out and we know what we got, the front 7 will ultimately be neutralized by the big play IMO. There is plenty to look forward to but lets not put RG3 among the elite just yet and allow everything to come into place as reality truly points towards 2013 and beyond…HTTR

  12. By kevo the moneylova on Jun 5, 2012 | Reply

    Rex is a INT KING u cant expect good things wit a QB like that..redskins had alot of injuries last year cuz the lockout nobody wasnt in shape…as u hear players was over weight nd runing slower…this year they commited nd focus to get more wins nd the losing records for 2 years is kyle fault cuz of his play calling im glad dey letting rg3 do what he feels comfortable wit

  13. By Dave on Jun 5, 2012 | Reply

    The thing to be aware of re: the Saints turnaround is that in their 8-8 season, they had the league’s top offense (based almost excusively on passing yardage), but lacked any remote semblance of a competent defense.

    The Redskins are somewhere on the other side; a good defense is in place, although probably not a great one, and the offense is somewhere in the middle of the road. I don’t think that the parallel between the 2008 Saints and the 2011 ‘Skins quite holds up, although there’s certainly a chance to see significant improvement this year, particularly on the offensive side of the ball.

  14. By mike wiley on Jun 5, 2012 | Reply


  15. By mike wiley on Jun 5, 2012 | Reply

    Every year at this time the red skins look like a play off team. this year will be differant we will be a play off team!

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