The Washington Redskins get to be in the unenviable position of trying to compete in a tough division with teams desperate to win now or coming into their prime. Still the team ahs the players and the defense challenge, not only for the NFC East title, but also for a real shot at Super Bowl tickets.
The two factors that will have the biggest impact on that potential are the health of the defense and the development of Jason Campbell. The defense can be dominating, putting pressure on the quarterback and covering everyone on the field. The defense has to be healthy though. The defense is a collection of talent at all points in their career, so there is a little pressure to win now for fear that the next play of the next injury could make this the last season for the Redskins defense to play at such a high level.
London Fletcher, Cornelius Griffin, Jason Taylor, and Shawn Springs are all there. Andre Crater, Carols Rodgers, and LaRon Landry are entering their primes. So a strong base will still be intact if those key older players are lost. A healthy group can stop the run and the pass. An injury ridden unit will be easy prey for the quarterbacks in Dallas, Philadelphia, and New York.
The other major issue is Jason Campbell. Campbell is in his do-or-die years. He can no longer say wait until next season. The tall quarterback must perform consistently, hitting the big bombs as regularly as he hits the quick outs. Santana Moss and Antwaan Randle El are nice targets who can break a 50 yard touchdown pass off a four yard slant. Chris Cooley is also a great tight end. The target can find a whole in the defense. He is smaller than most tight ends, but his quick bursts and good hands make up for his less than imposing size.
The picture is complete with Pro Bowl running back Clinton Portis. He is an option to take the ball out of the backfield and for a check down throw. The Washington Redskins schedule might be among the more difficult in the league, but the team brings postseason hype for every game at FedEx Field.
The Redskins hope that despite being in a precarious position in the NFL’s best division that the team can come together and all the chips will fall in their favor.