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Can the Redskins get out of the basement?

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Can the Redskins get out of the basement?

As I continue my rigorous pre-training camp reading regimen (which really is not all that rigorous), Ill keep bringing you interesting items as I come across them.Todays nugget comes from Pro Football Weeklys Eric Edholm, who ranks last seasons cellar dwellers and their prospects of making a significant improvement this fall.Edholm considers the Redskins to be the third most likely to enjoy a major turnaround, putting their chances of improving on 2011s record of 5-11 at 65-percent and their chances of making the playoffs at 35-percent.The reasons? Edholm points to three in particular:The addition of potential big-play threats Robert Griffin III and receivers Pierre Garcon and Josh Morgan.The Redskins longest rushing play last season was 39 yards, and they had exactly two (two!) pass plays that went for 50 yards or more, he writes, in part. The team needed offensive juice badly and addressed it That should help a ton.Some soft spots in the schedule that includes four last place opponents. Those teams are: St. Louis, Tampa Bay, Minnesota and Cleveland. (It should be noted, though, that only the Vikings are coming to Washington.And, finally, a young defense thats on the upswing.When you consider that the defense is in pretty good shape and that the Redskins beat the Giants twice last season and lost three other divisional games by one score, the chances for a bump is there, Edholm writes.I cant argue with any of those reasons (mostly because Im a glass-half-full-kind-of-guy). But, like Edholm, I also subscribe to the school of thought that believes the Redskins fortunes in 2012 will mirror RG3s.RG3 still must prove himself amid sky-high weekly hype, the pressure of playing in D.C. and in a division that remains a gauntlet, EdHolm concludes.

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Dallas sportscaster really doesn't want you comparing the Cowboys' O-line to The Hogs

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Dallas sportscaster really doesn't want you comparing the Cowboys' O-line to The Hogs

You'd think that comparing an offensive line to The Hogs — that famous unit who played a major role in the Redskins' best days in the 1980s and '90s — would come across as a compliment.

But one Dallas sportscaster didn't take it as such when a CSN reporter tried to do so. 

On Wednesday's edition of Countdown to Training Camp, Newy Scruggs joined Chris Miller and Doc Walker to talk about the Cowboys. During that discussion, Miller asked Scruggs if the team's revered offensive line could end up as the second coming of The Hogs.

Scruggs responded by calling that thought disrespectful. Not disrespectful to The Hogs, however.

"We've already had a great wall in Dallas that won three Super Bowls, OK?" Scruggs said with a tone that was a mix of annoyed and incredulous. "Why can't they be that next version? Let's not compare them to something that's over in Washington."

To see Scruggs' full answer to Miller's question and his entire explanation for why he didn't like it, watch the video above. And for any Redskins fans who don't like the way he spoke about The Hogs, here's the man's Twitter. Now, tweet away.

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Ryan Kerrigan is capable of even more sacks, but he needs help from other defenders

Ryan Kerrigan is capable of even more sacks, but he needs help from other defenders

Here's a list of things you can depend on Ryan Kerrigan doing: having bigger biceps than you, being a part of the world's cutest engagement photos and showing up on Sundays to harrass opposing quarterbacks. 

The Redskins' 2011 first-round pick has never missed an NFL game and has averaged 9.75 sacks over the course of his six-year career. But CSN analyst and former Redskin Doc Walker thinks the 28-year-old can be even better than the production he's posted for Washington.

"He can get that waking up," Walker said, referring to the 11 sacks Kerrigan notched last season. "I need 16, big fella."

But in Walker's opinion, there are two things that are holding the Pro Bowler back from reaching the next level. For his full analysis of what's missing, watch the video above.

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