He said: On what the Redskins need to improve on: "The thing we have to look at is how to get better at home. Four and four at home is not good enough."
We say: You get better at home by putting better players on the field.
He said: On free agency: "The thing about it is last year we weren't active but we will always look at free agency, trades, drafts to acquire players. Last year it wasn't in the best interests because it wasn't much. A lot of times people have a ton of room and they sign their own guys. That's what's happening lately."
We say: They weren't active last year because they couldn't compete with other teams in terms of cap space. They were under, but not nearly as much as most other teams. This year they should be fine. That means …. Watch out. The Redskins have more needs this offseason than last so we expect more activity. It'll depend in part on the economy as well and how the market unfolds.
He said: On if he did enough this season, "I can't stand here and say we did enough because we're not still playing and we were 8-8."
We say: Amen. His draft did not produce an immediate impact. Chris20Horton was a nice player, but they needed several others to contribute more. We'll give it time; one year does not a rookie class make. But he missed on Jason Taylor, sending a second and sixth-round pick to Miami for a guy who had lost his explosiveness. He did hit on DeAngelo Hall.
He said: On if Jason Campbell is the quarterback of the future, "I think Jason will be back. He's the starting quarterback. What you do is go year to year and you have to evaluate everything."
We say: He doesn't know. Nobody really does. Cerrato pointed to Campbell cutting down on his turnovers, which was a good thing. But the lack of big plays stunted the offense. Not all Campbell's fault.
He said: On the lack of production from the three second-round picks, "Sometimes it takes receivers a while. You're playing against better corners and there's a lot to learn about reading coverages. It's not just go down 10 yards and turn around. You've got to read the coverages, you've got to read the safety, you've got to read the corner, you've got to read the linebacker. There's a lot that goes into it. Historically it takes receivers a while. You'll see great strides this year to next. All those guys have to make big contributions next year."
We say: Problem is, Devin Thomas still looks lost on the field at times and it would have been nice had he started to threaten defenses by season's end. Still too raw. Fred Davis contributed and looks promising, if he at least works hard. And Malcolm Kelly is a very likeable guy who wants to succeed. But injuries are the issue for him. If any of the group becomes a big-time player it'll be him. However, the injuries make him a question mark – still. Which leads us to …
He said: On Kelly's injury past combined with being hurt this year: "If he's healthy and on the field – as we saw in camp – he could be an outstanding player. No ifs ands or buts about that. He'll get his knee checked out by Jim Andrews. He felt good for the last month. It'll be something we have to monitor, but he didn't have a problem in the last month. Hopefully he won't have another issue. I remember Curtis Martin was hurt every year at Pitt and then he came in the league and never had another injury."
We say: There are more guys who have an injury past who get hurt in the NFL than guys like Martin. Kelly was a risk; perhaps because that's who the owner liked. It's a bad sign that he had issues this year. There were definitely people in the building who did not want to draft him because of his knee issues. But, again, he's willing to work hard and seems like a good kid so that gives him a chance.
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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