By Michael Huberman
We already know what Vegas thinks about the Redskins next season, setting the over-under for wins at 6.5. Dan Graziano of ESPN.com had some more fun with predictions, putting out a dreamnightmare scenario for the Redskins in 2012.
Any predictions made now should come with the disclaimer that its May, and there are any number of things that can happen between now and September 9 in New Orleans. According to Graziano the best the Redskins can hope for is a 9-7 season. Offensively, Robert Griffin III would have to exceed expectations, and more importantly hold on to the football. But its not all about RG3, and he rightly points out that the teams stable of skill players have to step up, saying, they'll need health from Tim Hightower and continued development from promising fellow running backs Roy Helu and Evan Royster. They'll need Pierre Garcon to play like the potential No. 1 wideout his free-agent price tag says they believe he can be.
While the Redskins were middle of the road defensively last year, the unit made serious strides, and theyd need to build on that to succeed in 2012. Since this is the dream were talking about, all the teams most important pieces on both sides of the ball would have to stay healthy.
The nightmare scenario will be painful for Redskins fans to read. While going 5-11 in RG3s rookie year wouldnt be all too shocking, the long-term impact could be problematic. As it is, the Redskins play in one of, if not the toughest divisions in the NFL. The Giants are the Super Bowl champions, the Eagles are looking to build off the end of their 2011 to finally reach the Dream Team hype, and the Cowboys dont need any motivation when going up against the Redskins.
If the team struggles for a third straight year under Mike Shanahan then it may be time to start wondering where he stands going forward. Currently stuck in cap limbo and without 1st round picks in 2013 and 2014, the team may struggle to address lingering deficiencies in the future.
Hopefully for the Redskins, the 2012 season plays out a lot closer to Grazianos dream.