By now, most of us have heard the bold prediction from Washington Redskins' quarterback Rex Grossman regarding the eventual victors of the NFC East crown. If you happened to have missed it, fear not. Here is another chance to indulge yourself:
"We’re just waiting in the wings ready to take over the NFC East. Nobody’s talking about us, it’s right where we wanna be. You look at us from top to bottom out here,there’s a bunch of great players. And we don’t need people saying we’re the best right now. But when it’s all said and done, I really feel like this team’s gonna win the [NFC] East.”
Now, it isn't far fetched to predict inevitable fan reactions such as "that's ridiculous," or "you have got to be kidding me."
However, the confidence in Grossman's statement had to come from somewhere, and in all fairness, the Redskins have much to feel happy about. They found great value in mid and late rounds of the draft, and shored-up plenty of gaping holes on defense through free agency. Having the fourth-easiest regular season schedule will also add to the benefits of the burgundy and gold.
But a division title? The Redskins did get plenty of much-needed help this offseason, but their division's foes likely got even more ("dream team," anyone?). Accurately assessing Grossman's prediction will require a closer preliminary look at the NFC East. So let's break it down, team by team.