The Redskins had a difficult 2011 season, finishing 5-11 in Mike Shanahan’s second season as head coach. The team lacked talent at quarterback, wide receiver and on the offensive line, and the defense suffered from some nagging injuries.
Shanahan has had a busy offseason, and made the biggest move of the offseason when he traded three first-round picks and this year’s second-round pick to the Rams for the chance to draft Robert Griffin III.
The one thing the NFC East can claim is a good set of quarterbacks. Eli Manning just led the Giants to a Super Bowl, and the Cowboys and Eagles should be improved this year under Tony Romo and Michael Vick, respectively.
It is not an easy division to crack, but if RGIII displays the talent and leadership he showed at Baylor, the likelihood of a trip to the playoffs becomes much greater.
Do I expect the Skins to go 12-4 and win the division? No, because that’s crazy, but these three factors could result in marked improvement over last year’s effort. If they do not, Shanahan will begin to feel some heat from disappointed fans and ownership.