Injuries to starters
Lack of Quality Depth
Last edited by JoeSkins; November-5th-2012 at 11:26 AM.
Last edited by Painkiller; November-5th-2012 at 12:03 PM.
I think we'd at least be 5-4 if Merriweather and Garcon had been playing this whole time. Our receivers are on the whole pretty average (that's being nice), and the secondary is terrible. It's really a combo of injuries, lack of depth, lack of starter talent, and coaching.
Honestly I'm surprised anyone thought this team would be good this year. After watching the pre-season, I thought 7-9 at best, and I'm sticking with it. I also said Chicago and Atlanta will be the best teams in the NFC, so basically I'm right and everyone else is wrong!
My call is the injury bug, because it's not only losing seven starters, it's what was expected from them. The best two receivers, the best pass rusher, the best interior pressure, both safeties at once, and a huge dropoff at RT. A team could easily survive losing Meriweather, Carriker and Brown, but compounding it to the degree this team has suffered is deadly. Morgan is turning into a really good second WR, playing first. Paulsen is a good blocker who is a sneaky receiver, but not a first option like Davis. Jackson is smart and versatile but not the athlete Rak is. Polumbus, Doughty, and Williams just aren't NFL starters. They are all at home and productive in the spots they were brought in to occupy. Think of Morgan getting to match up with an opposing team's nickel corner, which he doesn't get to now. Think of Paulsen being ignored as a blocker, only to slip out to the flat, which he can't do now. Think of Jenkins being part of the two-deep instead of having to start. Think of the coverages that would be different with experienced, starting caliber safeties on the field, or the alleviated coverage burdens with Rak in. That's why my pick was injuries.
Combination of awful talent and awful coaching.
Take away RG3 and we'd be on pace for 0-16.
"In 2012 the Redskins are gonna be the NFC East champions, and that starts right f–king today.” Kyle Shanahan, 1/1/12
Last edited by darrelgreenie; November-5th-2012 at 12:01 PM.
Yes, teams have won with injuries. Some have won big despite them. I guess the other question to ask is in year 2 of the actual "rebuild" since most have admitted that the first year was a throw away, should we have expected to be so deep with quality talent that we could overcome so many injuries?
Edit: and in addition, those teams that do overcome them have usually had the same front office personnel and scouting personnel for several years, and have been able to fill the team with players they know can contribute to what they will ask of them. Sometimes it's just luck. For quite a while, LUCK has not been on the Redskins side. I once read a quote that said something to the effect of "Luck is when preparation meets opportunity"
Have they had enough time to build a team from top to bottom with depth players that could take advantage of their opportunity?
Last edited by Painkiller; November-5th-2012 at 10:38 PM.
For injuries, we lost:
Offense: Helu, Hightower, Garcon, Davis, and Brown
Defense: Carriker, Orakpo, Jackson, and Meriweather (and Neild)
Let's imagine, for a moment that the Texans lost:
Offense: Ben Tate, Justin Forsett, Andre Johnson, Owen Daniels, Derek Newton (RT)
Defense: Watt, Barwin, D. Manning (SS), and Glover Quin (FS)
In those circumstances how would you expect them to perform?
You can't pick the players then complain they're not good enough or there is a lack of depth. And if the players you selected are good enough then you've got to coach up a better product on the field.
I don't want get into the whole 're-build' excuse, whenever there is a lack of success you can't then blame it on rebuilding.
And BTW what did Mike Shanahan say about our depth?
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