Looking over the next three weeks, when the Washington Redskins are in contests that are supposed to be no contest, I get the feeling that the Redskins will struggle at some point. They will have a bad game, they will stumble, the may—gasp—lose.
But not this week. Not against this St. Louis Rams team.
The Rams could be historically bad. They are 0-4 this year after going 3-13 in 2007. In one stretch from November 11 through December 2 last year, they won three of four games. Other than that one warm streak, they haven't won a game since December of 2006.
This isn't one of those high-scoring teams that can't stop anyone, nor are they a stout defense that is the equivalent of the pitcher who can't get any run support. No, this team is bad all across the board.
The Rams aren't in the top half of the NFL in any offensive or defensive category. None of their four opponents has scored fewer than 31 points against them. Their peak output has been 14 points. The average score of a Rams game this year has been Opponent 37, St. Louis 10.
Such spectacularly incompetent play got coach Scott Linehan fired. Interim coach Jim Haslet, along with offensive coordinator Al Saunders, are left to try to make some chicken salad out of all of this.
And so on. I'm sure I don't have to go into much more detail about bad the Rams have been. Nor to I have to tell the audience here about how well the Redskins have been playing.
As I said, a trap game may be coming, but it won't be here. The Redskins will control the proceedings throughout. Look for it to be a typical 2008 Rams game.
Redskins 38, Rams 10
Every team in the NFL would love to add to their pass rush, and the Redskins are no exception. The team withdrew its contract offer to Junior Galette, spurring rumors that they were looking elsewhere.
The Redskins recently had linebacker Pernell McPhee in for a visit, and rumors are swirling that the former Bear is close to joining the Burgundy and Gold.
Nothing has been confirmed, but if McPhee does come to Washington, it would be in the hopes that he can provide a boost to the team's pass rush. The linebacker has proven himself capable of getting to the quarterback in his seven seasons in the NFL, recording 31.0 sacks in his career, with 21.5 of those coming in the last four years. He's also forced at least one fumble in each of the past five seasons.
Playing in the DMV again would mark a homecoming of sorts for McPhee, who played in Baltimore for 4 seasons after being drafted by the Ravens in the 5th round of the 2011 draft before signing in Chicago as a free agent.
Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, March 24, 33 days before the NFL draft.
The Redskins week that was
A look at some of the most popular posts and hottest topics of the week on Real Redskins and NBC Sports Washington.
Free agency update: What's next for the Redskins on the D-line? The Redskins have been casting out lines for defensive linemen since before free agency officially started but they haven’t been able to reel one in. Part of the issue might be that they know that Vita Vea and Da’Ron Payne are likely to be available in the draft. They have to balance spending big on a lineman vs. being able to get one pretty cheap for the next five years.
Redskins make a D-line contract change, gain roster flexibility—Speaking of the D-line, the team negotiated the removal of a salary guarantee for one player to give themselves more flexibility when it comes time to cut the roster down to 53 in September. See the post for details.
Redskins guarantee Alex Smith a whopping $71 million in new contract—In the words of Joe Biden, this is a big f-----g deal. It showed that the Redskins aren’t afraid to pay a quarterback big money if they think it’s the right guy. It should be noted that whether or not they chose the right guy is something that remains to be seen. Although the post shows that it’s plausible for the Redskins to terminate the deal after three years, I anticipate Smith playing out at least four if not all five years of the contract.
Redskins add another ex-Cowboy as they sign Scandrick—Orlando Scandrick has struggled with injuries the past few years and Redskins fans did not greet the news of his signing with great enthusiasm, to say the least. To point out the bright side, his contract is not pricey by NFL terms ($2.6 million cap hit this year, no guaranteed money beyond a $1 million signing bonus) and from what I have been able to gather it’s possible that change of scenery might give him a boost for a year or two.
Tweet of the week
Well before free agency started, I wrote that the Redskins’ top priorities in free agency should be to get extensions done for Smith, Brandon Scherff, and Jamison Crowder. They should have about $15 million to work with after a few more free agent signings and that would be plenty to get all of those extensions done. And if they do score a big free agent signing, it would be worth it to restructure the contract of someone like Ryan Kerrigan to get them done.
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