This preseason has been a promising one for the Washington Redskins. Both the offense and defense have shown that they haven’t got a postseason hangover. Unfortunately, there is one big problem with this team.
It’s been the team’s weakness for a while now and it’s starting to become a trend. The secondary is still not up to snuff with the rest of the team. While the front seven plays well, the secondary always seems to have some troubles.
In two preseason games, the secondary gave up 196 yards to the Tennessee Titans and 205 yards to the Pittsburgh Steelers. If it weren’t for the front seven sacking the quarterback seven times, those numbers could be even higher.
This isn’t a problem that showed up this year either. Last year, the Redskins ranked 30th in opponents passing yards by allowing an average of 281.9 yards per game. Their lone NFC East loss from last year was thanks to Victor Cruz who beat the secondary deep within the final minute and won the game for the New York Giants.
Last year, the Redskins were missing a key piece to the puzzle in Brandon Meriweather due to injury. This season, even though he hasn’t played yet this preseason, Meriweather is expected to be ready for Week 1. In his only game last season, he had an interception against the Philadelphia Eagles before reinjuring himself.
This past April, the game plan at the NFL Draft was certainly to upgrade the secondary. They drafted defensive backs David Amerson, Philip Thomas (who was lost for the season with a Lis Franc injury) and Bacarri Rambo. Amerson has shown promise and Rambo has been a little rough around the edges, but has shown potential.
Along with DeAngelo Hall and Justin Wilson, the Redskins also have E.J. Biggers, Chase Minnifield, Reed Doughty, Amerson and Richard Crawford that have all shown at times this preseason that they can help remedy the problem the Redskins have in the defensive secondary.
There aren’t many things wrong with this Washington Redskins team. The offense is shaping up to be just as good as last season and the defensive front certainly seems like one to be feared. If the secondary can clean it up from last, the Redskins could go further than the Wild Card round in the postseason.