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This post was originally posted at The New Democrat on Blogger

Look for the 2014 Redskins to be better on defense especially upfront with the signing of DT Jason Hatcher and with the drafting of linebacker Trent Murphy. I think this unit will tackle much better and get to the quarterback much better with more pressures and sacks. With Hatcher, Ryan Kerrigan, Brian Orakpo, and DE Jarvis Jenkins. The singing of safety Ryan Clark should help the secondary and him and Brandon Meriweather could be a great combo. But even with all of this, the weakness of the Redskins is sill the secondary. They got to tackle in 2014 and not blow so many pass coverages like they did last year.

On offense, unless Robert Griffin doesn’t bounce back and struggles again and the offensive line doesn’t protect him, the Redskins have all of the weapons on offense to be even better than they were in 2012. With wide receivers, Desean Jackson, Pierre Garcon, Santana Moss, Andre Roberts and then add TE Jordan Reid who could be headed to the Pro Bowl in 2014. (Even though no one watches it) Redskins RB Alfred Morris should have his third straight big year running the ball behind an improved OL that was already a very good run blocking offensive line.

Having said all of this and with all of the new offseason additions that the Redskins made including the new head coach Jay Gruden, the Redskins will go as far as Robert Griffin takes them. And if he struggles early on, he may not finish the season as their starter because Jay Gruden didn’t come to Washington to rebuild, but to win. And he has a good young backup QB in Kirk Cousins behind Griffin. And if Griffin struggles, you may see Gruden going to Cousins early and seeing how the Redskins do under Cousins. Especially since Gruden’s offense fits Cousins better being that Kirk is a drop back pass first QB. Which works very will with the Redskins running game.

I could see the Redskins winning 5-6 games because the secondary could struggle again and the offensive line not being able to protect either QB, Robert Griffin or Kirk Cousins. And perhaps Jay Gruden needs to go through a transitional period from being just the offensive coordinator, to now being the head coach of the whole team and having to supervise the defense and make sure everyone is on the same page there while he is not trying to run the defense. 5-11 or 6-10 is my worst case scenario for the Redskins in 2014 for those reasons.

Or I could see the Redskins going 9-7, 10-6, 11-5 and not just making the NFC Playoffs, but challenging the Philadelphia Eagles for the NFC East. Because I believe only the Eagles are better than the Redskins in the NFC East because they have fewer question marks. The Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants I expect to struggle again. The Giants essentially have the same team and the Cowboys lost a lot especially on defense.

Griffin is healthy and even if Cousins is better suited to QB the offense the Redskins I believe they’ll be very good offensively both running and throwing. The OL is going to be better for reasons mentioned in the video and the Redskins now have so many weapons on offense, that the defenses won’t be able to take away everybody. Meaning someone will always have an opportunity to produce. So what will take the Redskins from an 8-8 team that is very explosive on offense, but with a lot of holes on defense. To a 10-6 team that is great offensively and solid on defense, is the secondary and I believe the Redskins are solid there, not great, but good enough for the Redskins to be successful in 2014.

Head Coach Jay Gruden

Head Coach Jay Gruden

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Mike Shanahan
Real Redskins: Blog: Should Mike Shanahan Stay or Go?

This post was originally posted at The New Democrat on Blogger

Should Mike Shanahan stay or go as the Redskins Head Coach/Head of Football Operations. That will be the number question and decision that Dan Snyder will have to deal with in the 2014 Redskins offseason. When their season is officially over after playing the New York Giants tomorrow.

Reasons for letting Coach Shanahan go outnumber the reasons for keeping him. In four seasons with the Redskins the Redskins have lost ten or more games three times. And if they do not beat the Giants at New Jersey tomorrow a team that has a better record than the Redskins, won twice as many games 6-9 than the 3-12 Redskins and have already beaten the Redskins on the road this year, the Redskins after already having the worst season of the Shanahan era at 3-12, will fall to 3-13.

And you can’t make the case that Coach Shanahan doesn’t have the players. For one he’s also in charge of personal and two they picked by most of the so-called experts people who understand the NFL to win the NFC East probably the worst division in football this year with the Redskins actually having the worst team. You can say that Coach Shanahan doesn’t have a very good coaching staff especially at the top with his offensive coordinator who also happens to be his son in Kyle Shanahan and defensive coordinator Jim Haslett. But again Coach Shanahan picks his own coaching staff.

The reasons to fire Coach Shanahan are pretty sound and clear and a big reason why it would be a pretty popular decision in Washington. A city that hates to lose and hates losers. But some of the issues with the Redskins management even though Coach Shanahan doesn’t have complete control of the organization, isn’t all of Coach Shanahan’s fault and responsibility. He doesn’t have a solid football person like a team president that he can report to. Who can also supervise and advise him on things like how to sign players and manage the salary cap, negotiate trades, manage the facilities and so forth. Not so much a general manager but someone at the top besides the owner that Coach Shanahan can report to that the coach can get advise from sort of like a partner. But someone who outranks the head coach, like a head of football operations.

Bruce Allen is the team’s official general manager, but he reports and works for the head coach and not the other way around. It is not that Coach Shanahan shouldn’t have the final say in personal, but he shouldn’t be running the entire football operations department either. Someone besides Dan Snyder needs to be there and be able to say, “I like what you are doing here.” But when the coach makes a bad decision be able to step in and say, “we shouldn’t do that.” And even be able to veto things that do not make sense. Someone with a football background.

One of the reasons why the San Francisco 49ers were so successful in the 1980s was because of how their management was structured. Ed Debartalo didn’t try to be the owner of the franchise as well as the team president. Bill Walsh was the head coach/general manager, but he had a team president to report to in Carmen Policy. Instead of Eddie Debartalo trying to fill both roles as owner and president. Well right now Dan Snyder is trying to fill both roles as owner and president of the Redskins. He’s simply not qualified as a businessman and not a professional football man to fill both roles as owner and president. And for the Redskins to succeed in the future with either Mike Shanahan or a new head coach, they need a new management structure.

Their management structure is going to have to change or they are going to remain in between mediocrity and a consistent, to a losing team without much of a future. And another thing that Dan Snyder needs to consider is who out there would be better than Mike Shanahan. To be their head coach/head of football operations who would also be willing to work for Dan Snyder. To make this a little personal.

I’ve made the case for both firing Mike Shanahan and keeping him on board with a new team president. And a new offensive and defensive coordinator and giving Coach Shanahan one more season. And reevaluating him at the end of 2014. Because I haven’t completely made up my mind. But if I’m Dan Snyder I’m leaning towards keeping Coach Shanahan under this new proposed management and coaching arrangement. Instead of firing Coach Shanahan and starting over.

But I would also tell the head coach that, “look are defense was horrible this year and that has to change. You need a defensive coordinator that is going to run the defense based on the personal that he has to work with. We are going back to the 4-3 and you are going to move either Ryan Kerrigan or Brian Orakbo to defensive end. And get an outside linebacker whose a very good pass defender and tackler as well. So you can blitz less and get more of a pass rush with just four or five pass rushers. Instead so you leave more help for your secondary. And give up fewer big plays in the passing and running games.”

This should be a tough decision for Dan Snyder and I hope he hasn’t made up his mind yet. And that postseason meeting with both he and the head coach happens with minds haven’t been made up yet. Because again a very good case for dumping the head coach, but there is also a good case for bringing Mike Shanahan back under the right circumstances.

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0-1

0-1

▶ Eagles Game Post Game Press Conference – YouTube.

Hopefully getting hammered by the Philadelphia Eagles in the first half is the only wakeup call that the Redskins need this season. And the team that a lot of people expected to see emerges the rest of the way and that needs to start soon. Playing the Green Bay Packers next week and facing a possibility of 0-2.

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Redskins Ready to Kickoff 2013

Redskins Ready to Kickoff 2013

▶ Redskins at Buccaneers Post Game Press Conference – YouTube.

I hope that with the Redskins looking so good in the preseason both on offense and on defense. Going 4-0 and simply dominating teams in a lot of cases. That this isn’t some big setup for the Redskins to have a disappointing season that there is something that we are simply missing.

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Redskins Ready

Redskins Ready

Source: Washington Redskins: Head Coach Mike Shananhan’s Post Game Press Conference: Redskins Beat Buffalo 30-7

Looks like the Redskins offense and defense are both ready to go for the regular season. That their first teams on both offense and defense are both playing very well. Giving up only twenty points in the last two games. Thirteen total by the first team defense in the last two games. With the offense piling up points all three weeks so far.

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Touchdown

Touchdown

▶ Redskins vs. Steelers Post Game Press Conference – YouTube.

The Redskins defense is the story of the game because their first team didn’t look very good against Nashville in week one. Giving up two touchdowns and this game only giving up one touchdown the whole game. With the first team defense giving zero touchdowns and just a couple of field goals. And the defense forced a couple of turnovers and even though they had too many penalties. But week two of preseason gives the Redskins time to correct those mistakes especially the personal fouls. The offense looked very good again with the first team scoring two touchdowns and the offense as a whole moving the ball the whole game. So overall I believe the Redskins looked very good especially for a week two preseason game.

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