All of the action during the regular season comes with a side helping of extra affairs for Redskins. Here are a few for fans to keep an eye on.
Jay Cutler vs. Jason Campbell
What was once an off season nightmare for Redskins fans and players alike will finally manifest into a war of statistics and more importantly tallies in the win/loss column. All the questions will be answered of which quarterback the Redskins should have went with. Several fans were adamant about not wanting Cutler, or any other QB, starting in place of Jason Campbell. But if Cutler showcases a pro-bowl season and/or playoff appearance, Danny and Vinny will surely be saying “I told you so” while Campbell backers eat their words. It will be fun to compare these two quarterbacks stats week by week to see what missed out on or how all JC17 needed was a little time.
Clinton Portis vs. Jim Zorn
With rumors off the star running back not respecting the head coach surfacing earlier this week, some might find a storm brewing between Zorn and Portis. A seed was planted for this feud last season when Portis was asked what adjustments should be made to the offense. “We got a genius for a head coach, I don’t know, I’m sure he on top of things. He’s got everything figured out. Hey, that’s up to him. All I can do is when he calls a play is go out and try to execute to the best of my ability.” While both Portis and Jason Campbell have said the rumors are false, we must remember that’s exactly what Dan Snyder and Vinny Cerrato said regarding rumors of trading Jason Campbell. Statements to the media can not be trusted.
Defensive Lines Effectiveness
This side story doesn’t fall under the ‘drama’ category but takes place on the field. The Redskins ranked 4th in the NFL in total defense in 2008. Yet they ranked 28th in sacks with 24 total. A Serious monetary investment and first round draft pick were used on improving the pass rush. Perhaps a playoff appearance would have spawned last season had the D-Line got to the quarterback sooner in two specific games *Cough*Week 11 vs. Dallas*Cough* Week 17@ San Francisco*Cough*. But that is only speculation. The sack total, quarterback pressures, and run defense rankings in the 2009 season will determine whether or not the front office got this one right.