The "Power Core" Pre-Season Power Rankings #25
I may be the only person in America who thinks Steve Spurrier's first year will be a dreadful learning experience. He has amassed Florida Gator-heavy team which in many cases is not a great idea. Jacquez Green, Reidel Anthony, Shane Matthews, Danny Wuerffel…oh the talent is staggering. Jacquez Green is the only one of these that I find even remotely successful…and that's not saying much.
#25 Washington Redskins (8 – 8 Second in NFC East)
Daniel Snyder finally got with the program and brought people around in the organization that want to work as a team. Instead of high priced older, me-first talent, Snyder brought in Spurrier, who brought in Marvin Lewis. Lewis will have a heavy chip on his shoulder after being teased by Tampa and over-looked by the rest of the league for the second straight year.
The Good: Marvin Lewis is the best acquistion this team made. Lewis needs some playmaking linebackers so they picked up Jeremiah Trotter and Jesse Armstead. These two coupled with Lavar Arrington should be a solid unit…although…well...I'll get to that later. Champ Bailey is one of the top three cornerbacks in the league and anchors a steady quartet of defensive backs. This should be a pretty good defense this year.
The Bad: Spurrier, an offensive minded coach, will have the Brian Billick-principle thrown on him this year: a complete lack of offensive talent. Oh sure, they have Stephen Davis, but when defenses stack up against the run, who is going to catch the ball? Or better yet who is going to pass the ball? Shane Matthews? Don't make me laugh. Another concern is the run defense. Trotter has a tendency to be out of position so running up the middle should be successful.
The Ugly: Talented defense. Inept offense. Offensive-Mastermind Head Coach. Tim Lewis as defensive coordinator. Vile Owner. Tony Banks was once the quarterback. This sounds an awful like the Baltimore Ravens…and that's just plain ugly.
Synopsis: Some media have the Redskins winning as many as 10 games this year. The NFC East is weak again, but just win Marty had the boys playing hard, Snyder goes and screws it all up again. I just don't buy this team…6 - 7 wins if they are lucky.