The Washington Redskins have been a complete roller coaster of an organization these past couple of years. The inconsistency of the franchise has given Washington D.C. close to nothing to cheer about. Heading into this season, however, people and fans are optimistic and looking forward to seeing the Redskins challenge for a division title.
Last season the Redskins had a lot of talent on the field, but just couldn’t seem to get out of their own way. This kind of scenario has been too familiar for Redskins fans. Some of the offseason acquisitions and draft picks have given the fans hope of finally turning the corner in postseason success.
While the offense has been a well-oiled machine for the most part, the defense has not done a great job in complementing it. The defense couldn’t seem to get off the field last season, costing them a handful of games. These games, in turn, cost the Redskins the chance to enter the playoffs, ending their season prematurely.
The way the defensive backs performed last season left a lot to be desired. While everyone thought that the acquisition of Josh Norman would make a huge impact on the defense’s performance, this did not necessarily translate to prosperity for the Redskins.
While Josh was decent for most of the year, Bashaud Breeland had a really tough season to say the least. This began when Bashaud and the secondary got scorched by the Pittsburgh Steelers on opening night. Another notable debacle by the defense occurred against the Detroit Lions when Matthew Stafford was able to march down the field in a blink of an eye and score the game-winning touchdown.
One thing that Redskins fans will be hoping for is for the injury bug to be generous to the defensive backs. On many occasions last season, there were multiple injuries to key players in the secondary, leading to a ton of crucial mistakes by players that had to be thrown into the fire.
The secondary will have a lot to do with how successful the Redskins turn out to be. If the secondary is able to hold up its end of the stick, this will give the young front seven some extra time to get to the quarterback. Pressure and great coverage work hand in hand because if there is great coverage downfield, it will result in a higher chance of the pressure getting to the quarterback.
The secondary for the Redskins will have to play extremely well this season in order for the Redskins to succeed. Just about every team in the NFC East added some dynamic wide receivers to their attack. If the Redskins are sub-par in the secondary again, then they could very well finish dead last in their division.
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