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2007 Washington Redskins Preview

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As week 1 of the 2007 season draws near, I find myself filled with anticipation and optimism about how the season will unfold. The Washington Redskins will open the season hosting the Miami Dolphins. Coach Joe Gibbs and his Hogs are looking to improve after a disappointing season in 2006.

If Coach Gibbs and the Skins are going to improve they will need to get out of the gate quickly with a week 1 victory. If Washington is going to get the key victory defensive coaches Gregg Williams and Greg Blache had better have the defensive unit ready to play. The Redskins defense must improve from a horrible 2006 season. A season in which the Redskins defense ranked 31st in the NFL in total defense, allowing over 355 yds/gm. They allowed 137 yds/gm on the ground which had them ranked 29th in the league. Washington pass defense was just as bad in 2006, giving up 218 yds/gm. That had the unit ranked 23rd in the NFL. The passing stat was a little sugar coated though. The 2006 Redskins defense couldn’t stop anybody from running on them, and very rarely forced an opponent into passing situations.

The unit looks to be vastly improved in 2007. The secondary has some quality depth, which is a must nowadays, and playmaking ability, as they looked good during the preseason. The linebacking unit should help to stop the run this year as they have the speed to play sideline to sideline. The fate of the 2007 season looks to rest on the sizeable shoulders of the front four. If the down lineman can create a push in the middle of the field and force the opponents running back to run east to west, the whole defensive unit will be successful. The linebackers and the secondary have the speed required to stop an east west run, but lack the power or strength to stop a physical north and south runner.

The Redskins offense looked solid in the preseason. Coach Gibbs and Offensive coach Al Saunders have provided the stability required to develop a young quarterback. This marks the first time in 6 years that Jason Campbell has had the same cordinator for multiple seasons. That fact, and an added year of experience should allow for Jason Campbell to further develop. Campbell has looked good in the preseason, although in limited action. Jason is completing 63 % of his passes, and is averaging 8.5 yds per pass attempt. The highlight of the preseason had to be Campbell’s ability to maintain control of the ball. So look for an improvement in the passing game, which last year ranked 21st in the NFL with just under 190 yds/gm.

The strength of the offense will be than same as in 2006. The redskins will return a unit, which was the 4th best running game in the NFL. A star-studded backfield containing both Clinton Portis and Ladell Betts. Those two pilled up 138 yds/gm last year, and this year’s numbers will once again place them near the top of the NFL rankings. The receivers have great speed and can spread the field. When healthy they are a very explosive pass catching unit. Campbell will have the opportunity to unleash his cannon arm and hit Randle El and Santana Moss down the field. If Campbell can stay poised in the pocket he can utilize his check down, which is Chris Cooley.

As a Redskins fan this is going to be a very exciting year. This is the first time in the Dan Snyder era I feel a since of building a future. Throughout the 2007 season there will be growth and development. I think the 2007 Washington Redskins have enough talent to realistically win 7 games, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see this team go 9-7 and make an appearance during wild card weekend.


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2 Responses to “2007 Washington Redskins Preview”

  1. ERic Cook says:

    Hey nice article Joe. Looking forward to hearing more from you! GO BUCKS!

  2. corey ensley says:

    I think the redskins should be the best team in the league.they have the weapons on the offense, such as santana moss,antwaan randle el and chris cooley. what about the other wideouts. reche caldwell,brandon lloyd and keenan mccardell.they have one of the best receiver core in the league. why don’t they get them involved

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