Year-end Redskins Report
Offense Year End
|Offense || || |
| Position || Player || PFF |
| QB || Joe Flacco || -13.2 |
| QB2 || Kirk Cousins || -11.3 |
| RB1 || LaRod Stephens-Howling || NA |
| RB2 || LeVeon Bell || 4.3 |
| RB3 || LeGarrett Blount || 10.1 |
| TE1 || Vernon Davis || 8.6 |
| TE2 || Niles Paul || -4 |
| WR1 || Alshon Jeffery || 18.7 |
| WR2 || DeAndre Hopkins || -1.7 |
| WR3 || Brandon Gibson || 6.6 |
| LT || Trent Williams || 38.3 |
| LG || Wade Smith || -10.7 |
| C || Fernando Velasco || -4.9 |
| RG || Barrett Jones || NA |
| RT || Gosder Cherilus || 12.2 |
Sadly, what could be a very good offense was handcuffed this season by poor QB play. Perhaps my two best picks of this exercise, Alshon Jeffery (which I thought at the time was a panic move when the WR I wanted, Corradelle Patterson, was picked right before me) and LeGarrett Blount (in the supplemental draft) are on this side of the ball. With Blount and Bell I have a solid RB tandem, albeit not the tandem I set out with. Trent Williams and Gosder Cherilus are very solid bookends on a line that will need some help in the interior. The pieces are in place here for a solid unit, but decisions will need to be made at the QB position.
Defense Year End
|Defense || || |
| Position || Player || PFF |
| DE1 || Greg Hardy || 27 |
| DE2 || De'Quan Bowers || -2.7 |
| DT1 || Nick Fairley || 5.8 |
| DT2 || Sheldon Richardson || 30.4 |
| WLB || Alec Ogeltree || -4.2 |
| MLB || DeMeco Ryans || -21.4 |
| SLB1 || Gerald Hodges || NA |
| SLB2 || Jolpo Bartu || -1.7 |
| CB1 || Greg Toler || -3.3 |
| CB2 || Kareem Jackson || -3.9 |
| CB3 || David Amerson || -5.5 |
| FS1 || Kerry Rhodes || NA |
| FS2 || Charles Godfrey || -2 |
| SS || Major Wright || -27.2 |
Do I think this is the best front four in our league? No. But it might be close. Richardson looks to be the guy I thought he was, and him on the inside and Hardy on the outside is a nice combination. I'd like to think Bowers would put up better numbers with Hardy commanding so much attention. At the next level, I think Ogeltree and Ryans had better seasons than PFF gives them credit for, and I'd also like to think they would put up better numbers with the front four I have. While I whiffed on Hodges, thankfully it looks like another rookie SLB, Bartu, might be a player. Overall, that is a front seven on the younger side that I can go to war with.
Sadly, that might not be enough to mask the holes in this secondary. Down years at the CB spot, one FS that is out of the league, another that got hurt early on, and a SS who got shredded this season in Chicago.
Best Pick: Tough call between Richardson and Jeffery. I'd go with Jeffery because there were more question marks surrounding him at the time. Richardson was a first round pick this year. In fact, looking back at the draft thread gives me giggles, given my thoughts when I picked him
, and later when I named him
my "worst pick of the draft." In short, I am an idiot and don't listen to a word I say.
Worst Pick: Hard to live that Flacco selection down.
Looking at this roster, it's hard to think this is a playoff team. In fact, if forced to put a record to this squad, I'd put it at 6-10, maybe 7-9, based on PFF numbers. This is a passing league and with weakness at QB and in the secondary, it is hard to imagine winning many games. A run based, play action offense that minimized risk and put the ball in the hands of Davis/Jeffery/Bell/Blount and kept the defense off the field would be our best bet. If our front four had huge days, we'd win games. But in the PFF vacuum, this is a team with a .500 ceiling.
Now, on the "eye test," I'd think Flacco would do better in this offense than his PFF numbers gave him credit for, since he'd have his binky in Vernon Davis (remember Flacco was without Pitta most of the season), he'd have a guy that like Boldin would win balls in the air (Jeffery) and a guy who can stretch the field a bit (Hopkins). Maybe in a non-PFF world this is a better squad? Tough to say...