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NFL.com’s Preseason Power Rankings

Posted by Andrew Walker on June 19, 2012 – 2:07 pm

NFL.com senior analyst Gil Brandt on Tuesday released his 2012 preseason power rankings.

Where do the Redskins fit in this particular system?

At No. 26. Yep — 26th out of 32 teams.

I guess I can’t be too surprised that a 5-11 team from the year before would be ranked near the bottom of the list.

But the Redskins, by most accounts, are much improved from 2011. Not to mention the team was very, very close to being on the other end of several losses last year.

Here’s Brandt’s assessment of the Redskins as they head into 2012:

“Mike Shanahan has always done a fantastic job of developing quarterbacks. (Donovan McNabb should not count, as Shanahan didn’t get him in his formative stages.) Robert Griffin III is the real deal. The only question is whether he’ll be able to hold up in the long run. I don’t think he’ll have a Cam Newton-like impact in Year 1 — because who does? — but he’ll certainly be a productive player. The defense, however, is only middle of the pack.”

With Griffin III being considered by most to be an upgrade at quarterback for the Redskins in 2012 and moving forward, I think that alone should boost the team ahead of at least a couple other teams in the power rankings.

It’s yet to be seen how Griffin III will do in an NFL game, obviously, but the hope is that he’ll provide some stable quarterback play alongside a running game that had multiple players flourish at different times last season.

And I mostly disagree with Brandt on his assertion that the Redskins defense “is only middle of the pack.” I don’t know how one could make that assertion considering Washington finished 13th in total defense a year ago and returns most of its primary playmakers from that unit.

Edit (6-20-12): Yes, I should’ve been more clear here. I realize being the No. 13 defense would definitely be considered “middle of the pack.” What I should’ve said was the team finished 13th in total defense last year and returns most of its primary playmakers from that unit — many of whom (Ryan Kerrigan and Adam Carriker among them) have the chance to develop into Pro Bowl-type players, others (Brian Orakpo, London Fletcher and DeAngelo Hall) are already Pro Bowlers, while unknowns, like Jarvis Jenkins, could turn into gems for the Redskins’ defense. With another year under their belt in defensive coordinator Jim Haslett’s 3-4 scheme, there’s reason to believe the defense will improve.

The questions about the Redskins defense in 2012 one has heard so far have been about its secondary. But I think the addition and influence of defensive backs coach Raheem Morris — as well as a couple recent signings — will, for the most part, help clear up those issues.

I know the Redskins’ are gunning for a top-5 defense — if not better — in 2012. If the perception is really that they have a “middle of the pack” defense, however, maybe Washington can surprise some people this season.

I’ve said this with other lists, and I’ll continue to say it now: Take them with a grain of salt. As Brandt points out, it’s very difficult to predict how each team will perform in the NFL from one season to the next — especially in mid-June.

Brandt’s No. 1 and 2 teams on this list are the Green Bay Packers and the New England Patriots, respectively.

When looking at the rest of the NFC East, the Philadelphia Eagles are at No. 3, the New York Giants are at No. 6 and the Dallas Cowboys are at No. 16.


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6 Responses to “NFL.com’s Preseason Power Rankings”

  1. By @MaineSkin on Jun 19, 2012 | Reply

    This is just a common pop-media ranking that NFL.com continues to out out. Redskins D “middle of the pack” while Cowboys are 16th? It makes no sense as the #redskins were top 10 D until they wore down bc of no offense the last 4 games.
    The D with a productive S combo is top 5 let alone 10 and with the world-class speed which now makes up every skilled offensive position, we’ll be table in the top 15 all year.

  2. By Chris on Jun 19, 2012 | Reply

    “And I mostly disagree with Brandt on his assertion that the Redskins defense “is only middle of the pack.” I don’t know how one could make that assertion considering Washington finished 13th in total defense a year ago and returns most of its primary playmakers from that unit.”

    Well, considering the top of the pack would be teams 1-11, the bottom of the pack would be teams 22-33. Thus, being 13th would fall between the top and bottom of the pack, also known as the middle.
    Considering that you then stated that they are returning most of their primary playmakers (a neutral change), and their are questions about the secondary (a negative change), and that they have Raheem Morris ( a positive change), you have provided a not so great argument for why you disagree with the other writers assertion.

  3. By Phil on Jun 19, 2012 | Reply

    Isn’t “13th and returning all primary playmakers” almost the definition of “middle of the pack”?

  4. By Antoine cole on Jun 19, 2012 | Reply

    wins

  5. By Peter on Jun 19, 2012 | Reply

    Surely 13th last year, out of 32 is the very definition of “middle of the pack”? Yes, exact middle would be 16th, but if you split into three sections, top, middle and bottom, then there has to be 10 or 11 in each group, so 13th is in the “middle” grouping.

    I would hope they will improve this year, and should be gunning for a top 10 slot of better, but based on last year they are “middle”,

    “And I mostly disagree with Brandt on his assertion that the Redskins defense “is only middle of the pack.” I don’t know how one could make that assertion considering Washington finished 13th in total defense a year ago and returns most of its primary playmakers from that unit.”

  6. By vaughan on Jun 20, 2012 | Reply

    the eagles at 3..thats ridiculous..the giants defending sb champs at 6 and well at least the cowboys arent in the top 5 he must not be a cowboy fan but as for us with upgrades all around being 26 sucks but in more recent years we have been better underdogs than favored so i will take it…httr

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