With the new signings at Safety, Cedric Griffin and Brandon Meriweather, the question is posed,” Is this an upgrade at Safety for Washington? Let’s take a look at 2011.
Laron Landry- Shows signs of greatness but cannot stay healthy. Lives in the weight room and has a strong work ethic but he is no good to us if he’s not on the field.
OJ Atogwe- Didn’t look bad but didn’t look that good either. Had 3 interceptions, but I don’t even remember him getting them.
Reed Doughty- Perhaps the most consistent of the three. You know exactly what you are going to get from Reed and he delivers. The only problem is he is not what we need to get the job done. I would keep him around for Special Teams and substitutions but that’s it.
I’ll stop there! Typing that gave me the chills…I believe that these signings give the Redskins a much stronger Safety combo to bolster the defense.
Cedric Griffin- Is an Athletic aggressive type player that should provide the services that we wanted to get from Landry. With the exception of 2010, Griffin only missed 2 games and that was in his rookie year in 2006. Landry missed 16 games in the last 3 years, leaving a major hole in the Redskins secondary that was not easy to hide. Also, Griffin is athletic enough to play cornerback. With that type of versatility, the Redskins can disguise some coverages and use Griffin all over the field. Keep in consideration that Griffin signed a 1-year deal so he is playing for a big time contract in 2013. This speaks well for the expected effort we should get out of Griffin.
Brandon Meriweather- Brings more of “The U” swag to Washington. Another Miami ball hawking safety that has been trained to make plays. The former Pro Bowler brings a fresh new look to make the Redskins defense even more dangerous. With the strength of the Redskins pass rush, Meriweather should be able to take advantage of the short field he will have to cover.
Being able to keep the SAME players on the field for the entire year will be a plus for Washington. Injuries have been the biggest issue as to why we aren’t running like a well oiled machine more consistently. So to answer my question,” Should the Redskins feel SAFE?” My answer is yes! What do you think?