Redskins Future in Jeopardy?

TAYLOR STURM, RANTSPORTS

The Washington Redskins have been nothing but a disappointment since their 1991 Super Bowl championship. Never posting a better record than 10-6, and having a .500 or worse record 16 times, or never having a stable QB. It’s just been terrible for one of the most historic franchises in NFL history. The Burgundy and Gold haven’t been the model of consistency, but unless they get a few lucky breaks and make a lot of smart moves; they’re not going anywhere but downwards for the next couple seasons.

They need to get a franchise QB. They have one in Kirk Cousins (or as team President Bruce Allen calls him “Kurt Cousins”), but the two sides cannot seem to agree on the terms of a long-term deal. Is it time to move on from Captain Kirk? I think not, because unless you can get someone to replace him and have more upside, you don’t let him walk. He’s too familiar with the playbook, and despite his relative mess ups, you can’t put Washington’s struggles on him alone. The lack of a defense has been the consistent downfall, and a lack to go out and getting good defensive players, weather it be in free agency or the draft in previous years have shown. Signing Kirk would give you one less problem to deal with, and it’s a problem that no NFL team would want to have. He’s thrown for 9,083 yards, 54 TDs, and 23 INTs in his two seasons as the primary QB. Only Drew Brees, Matt Ryan, and Phillip Rivers have thrown for more yards in this time span. He’s put up the number each of the last two years, but they haven’t translated into wins. Which in my opinion is not 100% is fault.

The Redskins have made a lot of great moves in the 2017 off-season on the defensive side of the ball. Signing Zach Brown & D.J. Swearinger, and drafting players like Jonathan Allen, Ryan Anderson, & Fabian Moreau proved key, because these were some of the weakest positions on defense. But Brown is only under a one-year deal, so if he does great, you’re going to have to give him a huge payday. Or there’s a chance that he takes his talents elsewhere if someone else would love his services. Getting these players proved that the front offense is finally truly paying attention to the real problem within the lines, and have addressed it with some key pickups. They still need to improve on that side of the ball, getting a compliment alongside Ryan Kerrigan would put this defense over the top, unless Trent Murphy can prove he’s that guy coming off of is four-game PED suspension. Building around Kerrigan and Josh Norman are what the Skins need to do to become an elite defense.

Establishing a consistent RB for the future can give this offense a 1-2 punch alongside the passing game. There have been 3 RB’s to take over the starting position since 2015, and the way things are looking, there could be an addition to that number this upcoming season. The Lightning and Thunder combo in Robert “Fat Rob” Kelley & Chris Thompson could be a great duo, but can you rely on Kelley to lead you for the future? Is he the answer to the RB position after the departure of the franchise single-season rushing record holder Alfred Morris? Or does this not really concern the team since they’re a pass heavy team? Having a good back can do nothing but help the team.

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