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Redskins true or false: Josh Norman will repeat as an All-Pro

Redskins true or false: Josh Norman will repeat as an All-Pro

Last year Josh Norman was a first-team All-Pro cornerback, meaning that in the judgment of the voters he was one of the two best corners in the game. This offseason he became one of the very few players who earned such honors to change teams. Will he make the All-Pro team again this year? Tandler and Tarik take a look.

Tarik: False

Let me begin by saying that I think signing Norman was the right move for the Redskins. He instantly becomes the team’s best player on defense, he’s in his prime years (28 years old) and figures to shore up a great area of need on a unit that yielded a combined 65 passing touchdowns the past two seasons and sorely lacked a legit playmaker. He’ll also replace the swagger (there’s your favorite term Tandler!) on the backend that was lost when Chris Culliver went down.

Buuuuuuuut…I am wary of a couple of things. First, the Redskins’ defense, while on the upswing, it still doesn’t feature all the pieces that the Luke Kuechly-led Panthers boast (three first team All-Pros and a second teamer). Second, although Norman says his adjustment to Joe Barry’s scheme has been a seamless one this spring, it still takes a while to get comfortable with everything, especially with the players around you, which is especially critical in the secondary. What I’m saying here is that I anticipate Norman will be better in Weeks 4 and 5 than he is in Weeks 1 and 2. So, in summary, I think Norman will have a very good year. I think he’ll be a difference maker and will give the Redskins their money’s worth. I’m just not sure he’ll be able to attain the elite status he enjoyed in 2015 as a key cog in a star-laded lineup.  

Tandler: True

One factor that gives you a big boost when it comes to making All-Pro is having been All-Pro the year before. You are fresh in the minds of the voters and often all you really have to do is not fall flat on your face to get consideration for a repeat appearance on the elite list. That doesn’t mean that Norman is an automatic to repeat but he does check that important box.

Another factor that is important is team success. Of the 27 players named first-team All-Pro (including specialists) last year only nine were on teams that did not make the playoffs. Only three were on teams with double-digit losses. Although it’s supposed to be an individual honor team success is important. Chances are the Redskins will be successful enough to give Norman a shot.

As Tarik points out, the other 10 players on Carolina’s defense helped Norman earn the All-Pro nod and that is an important factor. And while the Redskins’ other 10 players probably are not as good as the 10 Panthers who surrounded Norman last year it doesn’t really matter. A cornerback’s best friend is a pass rush and with Junior Galette, Preston Smith, Ryan Kerrigan, and a few others up front I think that Norman can expect to see plenty of hurried throws, giving him enough interception opportunities to earn a repeat nod on enough All-Pro Ballots.

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Need to Know: The most overrated Redskins events of 2017

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Need to Know: The most overrated Redskins events of 2017

Here is what you need to know on this Friday, February 23, 19 days before NFL free agency starts.

I’m out this week so I’ll be re-posting some of the best and most popular articles of the past few months. Some may have slightly dated information but the major points in the posts still stand. Thanks for reading, as always.

The overrated Redskin moments of 2017

Originally published 12/30/17

Sometimes in the NFL, something happens that grabs headlines and appears to be a momentous event that has ripple effects that will last all season and perhaps beyond. Other times something that is greeted with a yawn by fans and the media turns out to be something with lasting impact. Yesterday we looked at three events that were underrated at the time they happened. Here, in no particular order, are three overrated events from 2017.

Beating the Raiders—At the time, the Raiders were 2-0 and they still had the status of being one of the favorites to get to the Super Bowl. The Redskins whipped them 27-10 and the prevailing view was that the Redskins were on their way to a special year. But that loss started a four-game losing streak for the Raiders. They are currently riding a three-game skid and at 6-9 they are contenders for a top-10 draft pick, not for the Super Bowl. The win became less impressive for the Redskins as the year went on.

Signing Terrelle Pryor—There was plenty of excitement when the Redskins signed the Browns wide receiver, who had 1,000 receiving yards catching passes from a sub-mediocre group of quarterbacks in Cleveland. Imagine what he could do with a quality QB and a good offense around him. The hype grew when a fan captured him making this catch in training camp:

But the production was not there. In nine games before going on injured reserve with an ankle injury, Pryor caught 20 passes for 240 yards and a touchdown.

Su’a Cravens departure—There was a lot of concern about issues both on and off the field when Cravens abruptly let it be known to teammates that he intended to retire just after the Redskins finalized their 53-man roster on September 2. All offseason Cravens’ name had been written at the top of the depth chart at strong safety in Sharpie. When he walked away and was put on the Exempt/Left Squad list (and eventually on the Reserve/Left Squad list, ending his season), there was plenty of speculation about whether the organization botched the situation and, of more immediate importance, what would happen at safety without Cravens. We’re still not sure about what happened but Montae Nicholson and Deshazor Everett did a respectable job at safety.

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page Facebook.com/TandlerNBCS and follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.

Timeline  

Days until:

—NFL Combine (3/1) 6
—NFL Draft (4/26) 62
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 198

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Need to Know: The most underrated Redskins events of 2017

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Need to Know: The most underrated Redskins events of 2017

Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, February 22, 20 days before NFL free agency starts.

I’m out this week so I’ll be re-posting some of the best and most popular articles of the past few months. Some may have slightly dated information but the major points in the posts still stand. Thanks for reading, as always.

The underrated Redskin moments of 2017

Originally published 12/29/17

Sometimes in the NFL, something happens that grabs headlines and appears to be a momentous event that has ripple effects that will last all season and perhaps beyond. Other times something that is greeted with a yawn by fans and the media turns out to be something with lasting impact. Here, in no particular order, are three underrated events from 2017. Tomorrow we’ll look at three events that were overrated at the time they happened.  

Beating the Rams in Week 2—Nobody got particularly excited when the Redskins went to the LA Memorial Coliseum and beat a Rams team that had gone 4-12 in 2016. Sure, there was a belief that they were in good hands with Sean McVay but nobody saw them as anything better than a middle of the pack team. The win looks much more impressive now as the 11-4 Rams have locked up their division with a playoff game in their future.

Drafting safety Montae Nicholson—He was a fourth-round pick who had a shoulder injury and appeared to be a reach. But once he got on the field, the reasons the Redskins drafted him became apparent. His range and hard hitting had an immediate impact on the game. Nicholson had problems staying on the field and he will finish the year on IR, so his impact this year was diminished. Regardless, he has a good chance of being part of the solution to a position with which the Redskins have had issues for years.

Ty Nsekhe’s injury—Against the Raiders in Week 3, Shawn Lauvao’s facemask had an issue and he had to leave the game for a play. In came Nsekhe without an opportunity to warm up. He suffered a core muscle injury and had to undergo surgery. His absence didn’t seem like a big deal at the time, but Trent Williams suffered a knee injury the next week and other offensive linemen were sidelined with injuries over the next several weeks. Nsekhe was inactive until the Week 10 game against the Vikings and he didn’t start a game until the Thanksgiving game against the Giants. He sure would have been useful to have in the lineup instead of T.J. Clemmings or Tyler Catalina.

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page Facebook.com/TandlerNBCS and follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.

Timeline  

Days until:

—NFL Combine (3/1) 7
—NFL Draft (4/26) 63
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 199