During my football years we would from time to time watch other teams that ran similar systems as our team. We'd look at their personnel and how they performed in the same scheme as ours. Now I just finished watching the MNF which coincidentally feature two teams that play similar schemes as us. I know alot of us think the Skins are snake bitten but if we're snake bitten then the Texans are cursed and the Ravens are shell shocked..lol
We all know that our offense is basically the same as the Texans, but what is shocking is the fact that both the Redskins and Texans are having similar poor seasons.The Texans cant play defense giving up big plays all over the place.But that wasn't my focus with them, it was their offense. Its potent and explosive but hits speed bumps frequently just like the Skins. In this game the Texans were struggling bad and couldn't find their rhythm, but all of a sudden Schaub starts finding Andre Johnson and they stage an incredible comeback. In particular their last drive of the game which looked similar to the Redskins final drive vs the Bucs. A long time consuming effort culminating in a 4th down TD catch. The difference however was the fact that Andre Johnson basically created the plays for them to score the TD. He had a key 4th down conversion early in the final drive and he had the incredibly athletic leaping TD on a bum ankle. It made me think about what player on our team could make those type of plays, or draw coverage away from other weapons as he did for Schaub to find Jacoby Ford and others. Unfortunately I think we already know that answer.
The Ravens I basically just focused on their O-Line and D-Line. They run a 3-4, slightly modified compared to our Steelers version we employ but the concepts are the same. I noticed that the Ravens front three consistently got pressure on Schaub allowing their backers and secondary to make plays. The biggest of them coming in OT as the CB was able to jump the route for a walk off TD. Ray Lewis is a tackling machine just like Fletcher and is proof that you dont have to be large or young to excel in the 3-4, you simply must have the weapons.And Ed Reed plays center field exploiting QB's bad decisions to chuck it down field in the face of the front d-line pressure. Their O-Line allowed Flaco to make some big throws down the field and rarely allowed pressure in his face.
So looking at both of the schemes that we play and seeing the Texans and Ravens personnel play it, I think its obvious that the Redskins arnt far away at all from being a good team. They dont need a total overhaul like some have suggested. To me its just a #1 WR ,Dominating NT, ball hawking FS, and an interior o-line. Six positions that can be solved in free agency and the draft. Even if we simply solved 3 of these needs we would see significant improvement. (WR, NT, C/G..etc. )It can get kinda depressing looking at the Skins and comparing them to teams like the Eagles, Giants or Cowboys. But when you compare them to teams that run similar schemes the outlook is brighter.