Now that the dust has settled, I think it’s important to review how the Redskins first three games of the preseason have gone. Below are five points that all fans should know.
- The Redskins are for real. The level of talent across the skill positions is leaps and bounds better than what it was prior to Shanahan’s arrival. Although it has taken time, Redskins fans need to appreciate the work that Shanahan has done.
- We’re healthy. In the past, teams lose many a player to the injury throughout camp. I know it’s a bit too early to tell, but it is a blessing in disguise having not lost a major component to the Redskin’s success.
- Kirk Cousin was the right pick. In the 2012 draft, Mike Shanahan took the gamble he’s become famous for by selecting two highly valued quarterbacks. With Robert Griffin III’s health now in question, it is important the Redskins are deep at the NFL’s most important position. Cousins has proved this preseason that his success last year was no fluke. Although his foot injury against the Steelers is an issue, Cousins’ value is at an all time high, and it looks as if we will make a large profit on the Cousins investment.
- The defense is much improved. Defensive coordinator Jim Haslett is on the hot seat after the unit’s poor performance in 2012. But after getting back defensive end Brian Orakpo, it seems the he has given the defense the added component they have been looking for. The return of Orakpo relieves a lot of pressure all over the defensive side of the ball. Ryan Kerrigan will receive less attention, the secondary has less time to have to cover, and linebackers have an added run stopper. The defense will be better in 2013 and if the preseason is any sign of things to come; I like our chances.
- The Offense is fantastic. If you thought last year’s numbers were a fluke just wait until you see what’s in store for the 2013 campaign. The receiving core is deep and poised for a good season after finally being healthy. Alfred Morris is on pace for an even better 2013, however, one questions remains. Remember that quarterback named Robert? The cog that makes the offense go is quarterback Robert Griffin and whether or not he will be healthy is to be determined but if he is it seems as if its all systems go.
Following their final preseason game against the Bucs, the Redskins will begin their 2013 campaign on Monday Night Football against division rival Philadelphia. Redskins tickets begin at only $112 for that game so make sure to grab a few and cheer on the home team in the opener!