Washington Redskins: 3 Pieces Team Still Needs in Order to Become a Contender

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Washington Redskins: 3 Pieces Team Still Needs in Order to Become a Contender
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DeAngelo Hall and Josh Wilson have both struggled within a depleted Redskins secondary.

Regardless of whether the Washington Redskins reach the playoffs this year, they are not a playoff team. Not yet, anyway.

There has been some spectacular play—mostly on the offensive side—and if that is enough to take the team into the postseason in 2012, then it will rank as an incredible achievement.

The New York Giants’ demolition of Green Bay shows ominous signs for the Redskins, and their matchup at FedEx Field next Monday is now even more crucial.

Despite the optimism surrounding Robert Griffin III before the season, the feeling was that this was an 8-8 team that would be a building block to better things next year. That feeling remains.

The turnaround from 3-6 to 5-6 demonstrated that the team believes in itself, and that confidence has finally brought about a meaningful December for the fans, despite New York ruining the party and starting to take the team’s destiny out of its hands.

Nevertheless, in order to become true contenders in the NFL, there are areas in which Washington needs to improve. The following slides outline the most important pieces still needed by the Redskins in order to make the transition from “promising” to “threatening.”

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