It's hard to find an NFL analyst predicting greatness for the Redskins in 2015. In fact, it's hard to find an analyst that even expects the team to go .500. Then again, Joe Theismann hasn't given a prediction yet. Anyway, Don Banks of SI wrote about his predictions for the whole NFC, but expectedly, the 'Skins don't rank high on the list.
I suppose Robert Griffin III could return to his phenomenal 2012 rookie form, Brandon Scherff could stabilize and elevate a shaky offensive line, the defense could improve dramatically with veterans likeTerrance Knighton, Stephen Paea, Chris Culliver and Dashon Goldson added to the mix, and new general manager Scot McCloughan could finally bring a sense of order and effectiveness to Washington’s front office operation. But that’s a lot to ask for in one year, and even though I foresee improvement in D.C., it won’t add up to playoff contention or escaping the NFC East basement just yet.
As far as offseason reviews of the Redskins, Banks is actually somewhat positive. At least he expects improvement. Quarterback play will remain a question in Washington until RG3 can show otherwise. Perhaps more interesting than Banks take on the Redskins was his take on the rest of the NFC East.
Vegas experts have the Cowboys installed as favorites, but Banks like the Eagles. The SI writer said that losing DeMarco Murray will hurt Dallas more than they expect, and Murray landing in Philadelphia will be a boon for Chip Kelly's offense.
On the Eagles, Banks writes: "Other than relocate to Eugene and rename the franchise the Oregon Kellys, what haven’t the Eagles done this off-season? Head coach Chip Kelly has certainly gone to town on his roster, wheeling and dealing as if he was playing fantasy football for the first time. But lost in all the sexy headlines is Philly’s obvious improvement on defense, with Byron Maxwell, Kiko Alonso, Walter Thurmond and Eric Rowe added to the NFL’s 31st-ranked pass defense in 2014. If Sam Bradford stays healthy and flourishes in Kelly’s passer-friendly offense, and DeMarco Murray and Ryan Mathews combine to top what LeSean McCoy provided in the backfield, the Eagles will make all Kelly’s bold moves look smart."
What do you think of Banks' predictions? Will the 'Skins surprise? Will the Eagles win the division? People seem to be discounting the Giants, where Odell Beckham Jr. could explode in a second season. Let us know what you think in the comments.