5. Need more talent at safety – The Redskins drafted some good prospects at safety in Bacarri Rambo and Phillip Thomas. And while Rambo is improving, Thomas is out for the season due to injury. Brandon Meriweather has seen his better days, and though Reed Doughty has filled in admirably as a starter, he’s better suited as a backup.
4. Lack of Play makers on the Defensive Line – Steven Bowen is a solid defensive end, but the Redskins need a play maker at that position. Jarvis Jenkins is also solid, but he hasn’t lived up to the billing of a second round pick. The Redskins outside linebackers Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan would be better served if someone on the D-line could help take the pressure of them, and command double teams.
3. Lack of a space eating nose tackle – Barry Cofield has played well at times at the nose, but he’s better suited to be a defensive end. The Redskins need a bigger space eating nose tackle that can attract double teams and clog up running lanes. This would take the pressure off the ILB’s and also help the defense defend the run better.
2. London Fletcher is getting old – London Fletcher has been a great player in the NFL for many years, but it seems he may be coming to the end of his run. Never before has Fletcher looked so old as he does now. And it’s not really a criticism of Fletcher because he’s been good much longer than most players are even in the league.
However, it’s time for an upgrade at ILB. As Fletcher can no longer cover ground like he used to, and he is constantly over matched by tight ends. He has also become a liability against the run, as he can be seen missing tackles with regularity.
1. Jim Haslett is behind the times – Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett’s defenses have never been very good in Washington, but for some reason head coach Mike Shanahan sticks with him. But no matter what, it seems the Redskins are always behind the curve ball to the offense.
Even the mediocre Minnesota Vikings looked like a great offensive team against them putting up 34 points. if the Redskins fail to make the playoffs, then Mike Shanahan may have to sacrifice Haslett in order to save himself.