Washington Redskins Super Bowl 50 Odds Analysis
The GoodWashington didn’t have a whole lot of ‘good’ happen for them in 204 and will need to fill a bunch of holes heading into the 2015 season. Still, like every franchise, Washington can highlight a few positive happenings from this past season. I guess I’ll start with the fact that underrated running back Alfred Morris racked up his third straight 1,000-yard season while averaging 4.1-yards-per-carry despite getting a career-low 265 attempts. Morris has almost 4,000 career yards (3,962) in three seasons, though his total has declined each year. Next, I guess I’ll go with the fact that Washington somehow finished 11th in passing, though they went through their trio of quarterbacks for various reasons including injury and inefficiency. Washington also finished a respectable 12th in run defense, though that was about the only highlight from a defense that gave up points like they were going out of style. The Redskins also saw the acquisition of former Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson pay off in a big way in 2014. In spite of catching just 56 passes, a figure that just surpasses his career-low of 47 (in 14 games), Jackson racked up 1169 receiving yards on a spectacular 20.9 yards-per-catch average. Jackson also burned his former team in Week 16 to kill Philly’s playoff hopes by catching four passes for 126 yards in his team’s thrilling 27-24 win. Last but not least, offensive tackle Trent Williams had a monster campaign to earn Washington only Pro Bowl berth.
The BadWell, there was plenty of bad for Washington last season with the team finishing 26th in scoring (18.8 ppg). Washington also got absolutely mediocre play from all three of its quarterbacks last season with Robert Griffin III throwing four TD passes and six interceptions and backups-turned-starters, Kirk Cousins throwing 10 TD passes and nine picks and Colt McCoy tossing four touchdown passes and three interceptions.
Washington also finished the 2014 regular season ranked 24th in pass defense and an ‘ugly’ 30th in points allowed (27.4 ppg). Let’s take a look at Washington’s statistics from this past season.
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2015 Prognosis: High needs
Quarterback?While head coach Jay Gruden recently came out to announce that Griffin III would be the team’s un-challenged starter heading into the 2015 regular season, doubts remain about the once-beloved signal-caller’s durability and decision-making. RG3 has never played a full season in the league and has played in just 35 of a possible 48 regular season games. Even worse is the fact that Griffin’s record as a starter is just 5-15 over the last two seasons since he went 9-6 as a rookie starter back in 2012. Depending on whether or not Griffin III proves he can really be the transcendent franchise signal-caller everyone thought he could be when he was drafted three years ago, Washington may or may not need another answer at quarterback, particularly seeing as how both, Cousins and McCoy have shown they’re more suited to being career backups than actual NFL starters. I suspect the Skins will look to draft a young quarterback in the middle to later rounds of the draft and hope he overachieves.
Offensive LineShawn Lauvo and Chris Chester were pitiful at the guard positions for Washington last season as both got routinely overpowered, generally en route to giving up a sack. Washington needs a pair of guards – and a right tackle – to replace Tom Compton.
Defensive LineI like Washington’s defensive line, but they need depth behind starters, Jarvis Jenkins, Chris Baker and Jason Hatcher.
SecondaryWashington needs to replace three starters in their defensive backfield if you ask me, with only veteran safety Ryan Clark being worthy of keeping his job.
Running BackWashington will need a new backup for Morris and a third-down back if the underrated Roy Helu bolts for a bigger payday in free agency.
2015 NFL DraftThe Redskins have the fifth overall pick in the draft and could upgrade their defense by taking defensive end/linebacker Shane Ray, though reports say they could possibly take defensive tackle Malcolm Brown.
Ryan Kerrigan (@RyanKerrigan91) discusses Chris Borland’s decision to retire from NFL. READ: http://t.co/u5wi1Rw7qW pic.twitter.com/bXpeAXCLPc — Washington Redskins (@Redskins) March 18, 2015