Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, May 21, five days before the Redskins start OTAs.
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I think Redskins fans can find plenty of glasses that are half full and a lot that are half empty as the look around the team going into the 2015 season. But there are some that are nearly full, even overflowing, while others a bone dry to the point of being dusty. Let’s look at one of each of these.
The full glass, the one that should give Redskins fans the most hope for the coming season, are some of the assistant coaches the team has added. In particular, Bill Callahan is capable of turning the offensive line into one of the better units in the league like he did in Dallas and like he did before that with the New York Jets. To be sure, like any coach, he has to have talent to work with but they gave him a big upgrade in Brandon Scherff. I don’t think that the line will start reminding people of the Hogs just yet but his history of turning lines into productive units is very good.
Fans also should like the additions of Perry Fewell as the secondary coach, Matt Cavanaugh as quarterbacks coach and, yes, I’ll say it, Joe Barry as the defensive coordinator. Some will argue forever that there were better options than Barry out there but we’ll never know for sure who else might have been a good fit with the team. I think Barry will do a good job, aided greatly by the increased emphasis Scot McCloughan (another reason for optimism) has put on beefing up the front seven, literally and figuratively.
The biggest worry for Redskins fans is the quarterback situation. Robert Griffin III has his supporters as does Kirk Cousins (maybe Colt McCoy does, too, I just haven’t found any). But there is great uncertainty over whether or not any QB the Redskins currently have on the roster can be the long-term solution there.
Maybe things will click for Griffin or Cousins this year and fans will be able to set aside those worries. Then they can turn their focus to safety where an aging and (for the last two years, anyway) ineffective Dashon Goldson and the inexperienced Jeron Johnson will line up. There aren’t any proven options behind either one of them.
But issues at safety can be mitigated if the front of the defense can generate a strong pass rush. And if the position is still an issue after the season it is relatively easy to fix free agency or in the draft if the team decides it is a priority. But the Redskins are among about a dozen or so NFL teams who have been trying to find a long-term fix at the most important position on the field for decades. Until it’s fixed it will be an area of concern.
—It’s been 143 days since the Redskins played a game. It will be 116 days until they play the Dolphins at FedEx Field.
—Days until: Redskins minicamp starts 27; Redskins training camp starts 71; Thursday night Redskins @ Giants 127
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