Realistic Expectations For 2009 'Skins
After what has been, so far a good (not great) offseason for the Washington Redskins, my expectations are a winning record. I don't know if I can say much more because of all the question marks on offense.
Their defensive line should be dominant. With the additions of Albert Haynesworth and Brian Orakpo it should be much improved from last year's line that helped the defense to only 24 total sacks, fourth worst in the league. The cornerback position should be set as well. DeAngelo Hall and Carlos Rogers are two solid starters, and third round draft pick, Kevin Barnes, should replace Fred Smoot as the third corner.
The offense is what scares me. After an offseason full of drama between owner Dan Snyder and quarterback Jason Campbell, you've got to question Campbell's confidence. Of course, this could also mean Campbell will come out determined to prove he's the man.
Along with that, we have yet to see what second-year receivers Devin Thomas and Malcolm Kelly can do. Who knows if they will live up to the hype from last year. As Kelly recovers from surgery, Thomas has tweaked his hamstring and had to sit out most of the 'Skins mini-camp.
I can't forget about Fred Davis. To me, I think this man is a beast. At 6'4'', 247 pounds, he is a monster at tight end. He's quick, too. If these young guys can learn this offense and stay out of trouble and injuries, there's no reason the Redskins can't put up 30 points in a game, something they did not do once last season. I'm sure Jason Campbell is thinking the same thing.
The Redskins have added offensive guard Derrick Dockery to a mostly old offensive line. That was a nice pick-up, but they are still in need of a tackle. I'm not so sure Stephon Heyer is ready to step into that starting role.
After looking at the Redskins 2009 schedule, I'm thinking they should go 10-6, that's if the offense improves. I still don't think this team can win scoring 10 points a game, even though the defense should be stellar.
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