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Should the Redskins feel safe?

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.

 

Jan 17, 2010; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Patrick Crayton (84) is tackled by Minnesota Vikings cornerback Cedric Griffin (23) after a first down reception during the first quarter of the 2010 NFC divisional playoff game at the Metrodome. The Vikings won 34-3. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-US PRESSWIRE

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.

 

Sep 25, 2011; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears free safety Brandon Meriweather (31) breaks up a pass intended for Green Bay Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings (85) in the second half at Soldier Field. The Packers defeated the Bears 27-17. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-US PRESSWIRE

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?

 @The_SkinsSource

Topics: Brandon Meriweather, Cedric Griffin, Free Agency, Redskins Secondary, Safety

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  • http://howtohacklife101.blogspot.com/ freetouse

    A couple of players on the field is certainly better than a couple not on the field. Gomes may be a capable starter some day, but Doughty will never be more than a run-stopper. It’d be nice to see Barnes moved from his ineffective cornerback position to free safety and to have a couple young CBs brought in.
     
    But none of this will matter in the standings unless the o-line upgrades significantly.

    • THE_SkinsSource

       @freetouse
       Yea that definitely will make a BIG difference! With these two being pretty productive players it should be a joy to watch. Hopefully neither of them go into HERO mode and just play within the schemes.