1. Most Valuable Player: Clinton Portis. Is it close? You can make the case for a few others, such as London Fletcher, Jason Campbell or even Carlos Rogers. Fletcher is having a good season, but no one will mention him among MVP candidates for the league. And Campbell is having a terrific season, but what he's really done is manage games well. He's only on pace for 16 touchdown passes. Rogers is not a team MVP as well as he's played. But Portis sets the tone for this offense. Consider this: he's forced a coach who wants to throw the ball to run it more than anyone. It's not just Portis who makes the ground game go, but he's the one on pace for nearly 1,900 yards. That's elite territory. Nobody else is playing at that level.
2. Defensive MVP: I love Rogers and with Shawn Springs being hurt, his play has become even more important. But nobody is more vital to the defense than Fletcher. He's playing better than last season and is the defensive leader. I love watching how well he anticipates plays and how decisive his reactions are; ask Calvin Johnson about that. Or Jamal Lewis.
3. Most important development: Campbell. The Redskins would not be 6-2 if Campbell were playing as he did last year. It's almost stunning how fast he's picked up this offense and how much better he is at looking for his second and third options. He's had a few interceptions dropped, but for the most part has avoided danger with wise decisions. He has a lot to learn. And part of me wonders if it wouldn't be better for the offense if he had, say, 13 touchdowns and four interceptions than to have eight and zero. But he's getting there and he's given the franchise hope.
4. Best offseason move: Hiring Jim Zorn. Really, what else could it be? The players like and respect him. It's helped having one person be in charge of the offense as opposed to two guys the past two years. Give the front office credit. They did not have him on their initial list, but they chose the right guy. Also, give them credit for wanting someone who could develop Campbell. That was one of their goals and it's paid dividends.
5. Most disappointing development: the lack of production from the second-round picks. Jason Taylor would be the tops on this list, but three trumps one. The passing game would be helped with another legit threat and Devin Thomas, Fred Davis and Malcolm Kelly have failed to provide anything. Thomas is raw; Kelly is always hurt. At least Davis is starting to get more action and could become more of a factor in the second half. Here's the other thing: if the Redskins had played the draft a little better, maybe they could have found a young end or DT; both are aging spots and need help, with or without Taylor. And if they had one, they would not have needed Taylor.
John Keim covers the Redskins for the Washington Examiner and is a contributing editor for Warpathinsiders.com. He has covered the team since 1994. Some of his other stories can be found at dcexaminer.com
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