- The Washington Redskins started 5-2 last season but lost six of their final seven games
- The Redskins have four picks in the first 96 selections of the 2019 NFL Draft
- Washington should pass on the urge to trade up as they need help in multiple areas
The Washington Redskins’ Super Bowl odds continue to tumble. Already among the lowest in the NFL, they’ve now dropped all the way to +15000 as news has come to light that owner Dan Snyder is taking over the team’s draft plans. The meddlesome owner often makes poor decisions for the team, which serves as a good reminder that this is a team to bet against.
2019 Super Bowl Odds
|Team||2019 Super Bowl Odds|
|Kansas City Chiefs||+700|
|New England Patriots||+700|
|Los Angeles Rams||+900|
|New Orleans Saints||+900|
Odds taken 04/24/19.
Redskins’ Offseason Has Been a Nightmare
The Redskins personnel moves of late have been disastrous. First, they outright cut safety DJ Swearinger before the season ended. While he did criticize the coaching staff, he’s one of the top safeties in the league. Then they let safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix walk in free agency for just $3 million. Remember, they traded a fourth-rounder for him last year.
The Redskins getting Case Keenum? pic.twitter.com/bhAsusQ41d
— Tristan ?. (@TristanKingg) March 7, 2019
After that, the Redskins made Landon Collins the highest paid safety in the league, and while he’s a good safety against the run, many experts have been critical of his struggles against the pass. Beyond that, Washington also lost slot wideout Jamison Crowder, their second-leading tackler in Zach Brown, and outside linebacker Preston Smith.
Washington’s Quarterback Situation is a Concern
The Redskins biggest challenge heading into the 2019 season is the quarterback position. Long a hurdle for this team, now they have to deal with Alex Smith’s injury, which could be career-ending. The team traded for Case Keenum – a bizarre move considering he was likely to be cut – but he’s just a band-aid solution.
Gruesome injury for Alex Smith.
Looks like a broken leg ?pic.twitter.com/8mzirWFMBW
— LeadingNFL (@LeadingNFL) November 18, 2018
Redskins’ 2018 Production Was Overrated
Of course, someone like owner Dan Snyder is going to look at his team and say, “Hey, we were in first place for a long time and might have made the playoffs had it not been for the Smith injury”. Maybe that’s true, but last year is in the past. And when you examine who this team beat last year, it’s not impressive.
— Charles Robinson (@CharlesRobinson) November 21, 2016
They started 5-2 with wins over the Arizona Cardinals, Green Bay Packers, Carolina Panthers, Dallas Cowboys (before they were good) and New York Giants. Most of those teams are at the top of the 2019 NFL Draft. The Redskins’ other wins came against Tampa Bay and Jacksonville. How good were they really?
The Problem with Trading Up
This team does have four selections in the top 96 of the 2019 NFL Draft. If they can plug a few holes like finding an impact wide receiver and a quarterback of the future, that’s already a good start. However, if they are planning to trade up – as recent reports suggest – a team already thin on depth will continue to lose out.
@granthpaulsen: “Dan Snyder has taken over the first round of the draft”
Redskins fans: pic.twitter.com/TcA8Uq5G3O
— Doctor Ice (Redskins Therapy) (@TherapyRedskins) April 24, 2019
They need help at wide receiver, guard, edge rusher, linebacker and, of course, quarterback. Trading up means that several of these spots could be neglected just to get a passer. And let’s say they do go up to get Dwayne Haskins. They could conceivably be paying just shy of $30 million to Smith, McCoy, and Keenum, and none would be starting.
So What’s the Good News?
The good news is the Redskins still have an excellent defensive line, a decent group of defensive backs and – if Reuben Foster plays to his potential – a decent linebacking corps. Get an edge rusher and this defense should be the best in the NFC East.
— Mark Bullock (@MarkBullockNFL) March 8, 2019
On offense things aren’t pretty with the passing game, but with Derrius Guice back along with Adrian Peterson, this team should be able to run the ball consistently. Run the ball, play great defense and win on special teams and the Redskins will be a tricky team week-to-week.
Would I bet them to win the Super Bowl? Definitely not. However, if they get an edge rusher and a good receiver with their top two picks, I’d be inclined to bet the over for their regular season win total, which is at six games.
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