Over the offseason, the Washington Redskins added a skilled, athletic rookie quarterback and gave a shot in the arm to their receiving corps with the addition of Pierre Garçon and Josh Morgan.
They also return one of the best defensive front sevens in the NFL and brought in a sparkplug in Raheem Morris to improve the team’s defensive secondary.
Those additions — as well as a few more newbies meshing with the returners on offense and defense — give Redskins fans something to be optimistic about in 2012.
But, as of right now, NFL.com just isn’t as impressed.
To be fair, on offense, NFL.com wrote that “Mike Shanahan finally has enough toys to play with in Washington and they may be ranked too low.”
But on defense — which has to be considered the Redskins’ strong point at this time — NFL.com offered no justification for Washington’s mediocre ranking.
They shouldn’t really have to offer an explanation at this point, however. The Redskins finished at No. 13 in total defense in 2011, and still have to execute on the field to be a Top-5 defense, as they’ve been harping the entire offseason.
How did the rest of the NFC East pan out in these rankings?
On offense, the New York Giants and the Philadelphia Eagles are considered “Next Level” units — which are a step below the best. The Dallas Cowboys’ offense was ranked as “Knocking On The Door,” which is a step below “Next Level” and a step above “Middle Of The Pack.”
On defense, again, the Giants and Eagles are “Next Level,” while the Cowboys are “Knocking On The Door.”
Here’s to hoping these rankings change soon.
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