At this point, it’s fair to say that the Washington Football Team’s defense is the most disappointing unit in all of football.
It’s tough to say they’re the most disappointing team this season — that title should be given to one of the Chiefs, Dolphins or 49ers — but no seemingly elite defense has fallen on its face quite like Washington’s.
Anybody have any ideas on potential quick fixes? Are the players not buying into the scheme? Is it simply a matter of players not living up to their talent or contract? Are said players not as good as we were led to believe?
These are all fair questions. Unfortunately, they don’t have answers. What do we know at this juncture, is that the secondary is largely to blame.
We’ll get into the laundry list of underperformers in a minute. For now, though, we simply have to address this so-called solution for Washington’s floundering secondary that Pro Football Focus put together.
With the trade deadline less than two weeks away, PFF published a “12 potential AFC trades ahead of the 2021 NFL trade deadline” article. Great idea. Nobody would deny that. However, their proposal for the WFT is a little out there.
Here’s what we’re looking at:
Pro Football Focus’ trade deadline proposal for the Washington Football Team makes very little sense.
Look, we’re all for making improvements in the secondary, but doesn’t Washington already have enough cornerbacks? On paper, Kendall Fuller, William Jackson III, Benjamin St-Juste and Troy Apke should form a competent unit.
They obviously haven’t, so maybe GM Martin Mayhew and head coach Ron Rivera are doing their due-diligence.
We just have reservations in terms of whether Hargreaves would make a huge difference. If he’s available at the price, we ‘d be open to the idea, but let’s keep in mind he was the No. 11 overall pick back in 2016.
Since then, Hargreaves hasn’t logged a PFF coverage grade higher than 64.6. Over his six seasons, he’s averaged a 53.2 coverage grade. Last year, he managed a 37.3 coverage grade, which ranked among the worst marks in the NFL.
Additionally, Hargreaves has been in and out of the Texans’ starting lineup. Think about that for a second. He can’t even find consistent playing time in one of the least-talented secondaries the league has to offer.
While Hargreaves might be a solid third or fourth option, we feel like Washington could find better options on the trade market. That is, if they’re even looking for reinforcements.
If this is the worst-case scenario, then we could talk ourselves into it. However, if we had our pick of the litter, we’d much rather someone like Bryce Callahan (Broncos), Cameron Dantzler (Vikings) or even Kyle Fuller (Broncos).
Sorry, but Hargreaves just doesn’t move the needle for us.