Few folks are predicting playoff success for the Redskins in 2015. Actually, it's hard to find any analyst that expects Washington to finish outside of last place in their division. Until now.
Chris Simms, former University of Texas QB and a CBS broadcaster, said what few others have: The Redskins will battle for a playoff spot this fall.
"There’s just too much talent on this roster for them to not at least be in the playoff picture come December,” Simms said in a Bleacher Report interview.
New Redskins GM Scot McCloughan added a lot to overhaul a spotty defense from last season, and Simms thinks it will make a big difference this fall.
"I look at the addition of safety Dashon Goldson, one of the best safeties in football," Simms said. "You’ve got Chris Culliver, a top notch free agent corner. And then Jeron Johnson, another guy that can play the safety nickel position coming from Seattle, with some young talent. We know Bashaud Breeland is there. David Amerson is there."
Secondary was particularly troubling last season for Washington, and the unit should be improved. Still, Vegas experts have the 'Skins pegged to be one of the worst teams in the NFL this season. And much noise was made about a MMQB list that ranked RG3 as the second worst quarterback in the NFL.
Regardless of all the signs that may point to a bad season, Simms doesn't see it that way.
"I think if the coaching and the talent all can be cohesive this year the Redskins will be in the playoff picture come December."
Cohesion could be the key, as much of the Redskins recent struggles have brought along unneeded drama as well. It's worth remembering Simms suggested Washington could be in the playoff picture, which can be pretty broad in a division known for close games that often produces a winner with a 10-6 record.
(ED. NOTE: Quotes taken from Redskins.com)