BY PETER HAILEY
We already have a decent idea about where the 2015 Redskins stand right now: The team has a Terrance Knighton-sized question mark at quarterback but boasts a deep receiving corps and an improved defense. Does Madden '16 view the franchise in the same light, though?
Well, according to MaddenSchool.com, a site that goes in depth into how to use each team on the video game's gridiron, it would appear that the virtual Burgundy and Gold are different from the real-life Burgundy and Gold. In fact, you could say in a lot of respects, they're pretty opposite.
The site recently released their guide on how to play with the 2015 Redskins, and a lot of it contrasts what NFL pundits have said about the team. For example, the strengths and weaknesses they assign to the Madden Skins are essentially flip-flopped when compared to the real Skins.
In the world of Xbox's and PlayStations, Washington's strength is their offense. "Robert Griffin III is still one of the most dangerous quarterbacks in Madden 16," MaddenSchool says. "His speed forces opposing defenses to focus on him which opens up a lot of possibilities for the rest of your offense."
Of course, finding a critic that would call actual RGIII "one of the most dangerous quarterbacks" in the NFL would be almost impossible. Just yesterday, he was named No. 31 on a list ranking the league's 32 QBs.
In a game like Madden, however, a place where using speedy signal callers like mid-2000's Michael Vick is much easier than picking apart defenses from the pocket, saying the team's offense is their strength is semi-understandable. But MaddenSchool's opinion about the Redskins' biggest weakness? That's harder to comprehend.
"Front 7," MaddenSchool says. "Ryan Kerrigan can get after opposing quarterbacks and Terrance Knighton can do a decent job stopping the run, but other than that the Redskins have much to be desired up front."
The decision to name the Redskins front seven as the team's most glaring hole is somewhat surprising, considering almost everyone whose looked at the organization's offseason has praised the changes made to the defensive line. But, apparently, Stephen Paea, Chris Baker, Ricky Jean-Francois and Keenan Robinson aren't as impressive in Madden as they are in real life.
As far as an overview on Washington, MaddenSchool again makes a claim that not many pundits would agree with: The site's expectations for the virtual Redskins sound more promising than the expectations people have for the real-life Redskins.
"The Washington Redskins are a middle of the road team in Madden 16," they said. "They will be able to hold their own against 90% of the teams."
Maybe it's time for Redskins fans to root for the virtual Burgundy and Gold over their real-life counterparts, because it sounds like those guys could be pretty decent.