In years past, if you were to create a roster of the NFL's top offensive players meant to decimate any team unlucky enough to cross its path, that roster would be a bit thin on Burgundy and Gold. One Sports Illustrated writer has taken on that task this offseason, though, and his dream lineup features not one, but two, Redskins.
Hell may not be freezing over, but its residents are at least reaching into their closets for their jackets.
The writer, Doug Farrar, released the first portion of his "Five-Year Dynasty" — the guys responsible for putting up the points — on Tuesday. At tight end, he chose Jordan Reed, and at right tackle (Dallas' Tyron Smith was slotted at left) he selected Trent Williams.
"It was extremely tempting to put either Rob Gronkowski or Tyler Eifert here, but the injury history was a bit disconcerting in both cases," Farrar writes when detailing why he went with Washington's pass catcher over other conventional choices. "He flew under the radar as a young player while the Redskins sorted out their QB situation, but came alive last year during Kirk Cousins’s breakout season, finishing with 87 catches for 952 yards and 11 touchdowns. Reed has his own injury history, but we’ll bank on his health and the ability for his numbers to grow in a more expansive offense.
As for the Redskins lineman he opted to enlist as one half of his bookend tackles, Farrar likes No. 71's natural ability and attitude as well.
"[Williams is] very agile and athletic, but he brings an element of nastiness to the game that every team needs from its blockers," Farrar explains. "Smith used to play right tackle, so perhaps he would move back there, but this team wouldn’t have a problem with Williams demolishing guys on the right side, either."
You hear that noise? It's the sound of Jay Gruden and Sean McVay clinking their glasses together, as the coaches toast two of their franchise's most skilled assets.