5 Reasons Why The Washington Redskins Won’t Win the NFC East in 2014

5 Reasons Why the Washington Redskins Won't Win the NFC East in 2014

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The mediocrity of the NFC East gives every team in it the belief that they can win it. Washington went from first to worst last season. Coaching changes and offseason acquisitions have raised the expectations. I wouldn't get too excited though. Here are five reasons Washington won't win the NFC East in 2014.

5. Karma

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5. Karma

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If you believe at all in karma then you know that Washington has a whole lot of it coming in the wrong direction. Having an insensitive team name is one thing, stubbornly defending it is another. Karma aside, there is no question that the team name controversy will be an ongoing distraction throughout the season.

4. Jay Gruden

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4. Jay Gruden

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This has less to do with Jay Gruden and more to do with first-time head coaches. It's hard enough stepping into a readily-made situation, let alone a team with as many issues as Washington. There are a lot of big personalities on this team and I think Gruden will have a hard time pulling everything together this year.

3. Offensive Line

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3. Offensive Line

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Pass protection was one of Washington's biggest issues last season. They made several offseason additions to try and fix that problem. The problem is two of them are rookies and won't be able to contribute right away. The line should be better than last season, almost by default, but I don't think it will improve by a drastic margin.

2. Robert Griffin III Will Get Hurt

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2. Robert Griffin III Will Get Hurt

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RGIII's injury history is well-documented. He will always be a high-injury risk because of his size and style of play. It doesn't help that he is playing behind a poor offensive line. I think he will once again miss a handful of games this season. I don't think Washington has a good enough team to survive his absence for an extended period of time.

1. Their Defense

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1. Their Defense

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Washington's defense isn't good enough to win a division title. They were one of the worst defenses in the entire league last season. The secondary is still led by DeAngelo Hall, which isn't a good thing. Washington will have a difficult time staying in games unless their offense turns into last year's Broncos. I wouldn't bet on that happening.


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