Most people thought the Redskins would scratch and claw all season. Major media outlets labeled the Redskins as one of the leagues worst teams and some had them winning only 2 games all season. Well, with a 3-1 record heading into the bye week the ‘Skins sit atop the division. After four games there are a few things that impressed me and a few areas of concern. Here are a few observations from this season:
Rex Grossman – You all knew after everything I have written so far that Grossman was going to make the list right away. After four games, Shanahan has to be becoming frustrated with his quarterback. Both Mike and Kyle thought they could make Rex into a solid QB, but Grossman is still the same player from Chicago. Rex has had his moments. His touchdown pass to Moss last week was pretty. He read the coverage well and delivered a nice touch pass to Santana in the back of end-zone. I am not going to harp on Grossman because I will become too frustrated, but Washington needs better play out of him in order to continue evolution. Quarterback remains a serious concern in the district.
Trent Williams – Protecting a quarterback’s blind side is no easy task. Protecting a pocket passer with little mobility is a considerably more challenging job. Trent Williams season so far has had some downs, but I have seen much improvement from the former first rounder. Shanahan brought him in because of his athleticism and it is starting to pay off. He is well suited for the stretch offense and has shown improvement in his pass protection. I thought he played particularly well against DeMarcus Ware of the Cowboys. I am not saying he has reached his full potential, but you have to like what you are beginning to see from the Left Tackle. He has earned my praise so far this season.
Jamaal Brown – On the other side, Right Tackle Jamaal Brown has not fared as well. Washington did not give up a sack to the Rams in week 4 and has shown improvement week to week. But an area of concern is Brown. He has not played as well as I expected and has been beaten badly off the ball a few times. Not sure if Grossman was keeping the same cadence in Dallas, but Ware & Spears torched Brown a few times. I believe he will start playing up to his potential as the season progresses and the bye week should certainly help. Strong play from both tackles will make for a fierce running game.
Defense – How could I not put the entire defense together? Watching the D fly around these past four weeks has been special. The Burgundy and Gold have not seen this type of big play D in years. No more ‘bend don’t break’ attitude. Instead it is go, go, go, go, go all the time. Many people, including myself, second guessed Haslet’s call to blitz on third and long in Dallas. DeAngelo Hall was furious over the decision because it once again showed his poor coverage skills, but that is the aggressive nature of the defense. Despite that one call, the defense has been outstanding. Hall is a perfect fit for 3-4 because of his aggressiveness and the help from Atogwe. Wilson, a corner plucked from Baltimore in the off-season, has played well through he first four games and routinely is in position to make a play on the ball. The DLINE has been the greatest area of improvement so far in this young season and they will only continue to get better. What can you say about the linebackers? Mcintosh has been solid and Fletcher is well…Fletcher. Orakpo and Kerrigan have been sensational. We all knew Orakpo would be stellar again and I stated that Kerrigan could be in the running for the ROY, but I did not expect these results. With the addition of Landry, this defense is set to be a force all year. Keep it up D!