|Who are the Redskins’ best players and who are the ones who are starting just because there isn’t enough talent to push them out? If another team had a shot at anyone on the Redskins’ roster to use for the 2005 season, who would they gobble up and who would they say thanks, but no thanks to?|
|To help answer these questions I ranked the Redskins starters from the most expendable to the most valuable. Today, numbers 1-8.
In inverse order, here are my rankings of the Redskins starters, including punter and kicker, based on what I think they might do in 2006. Their 2005 rankings here (Part 1, Part 2), where applicable, are in parenthesis:
8. G Randy Thomas (12)—He may well have been headed to Hawaii before he went down with a broken leg in Week 16. The leg will limit him in preseason activities but he should be fine for the start of the season.
7. DE Andre Carter (NR)—Carter will have to adjust from being a standup linebacker last year to playing with his hand in the dirt. If he can adjust, and stay healthy, he’ll be the answer to the one glaring need the defense has had the last couple of years, a strong pass rushing presence on the line.
6. T Chris Samuels (7)—The time may have passed for him to move up into the ranks of the truly elite left tackles in the league, but he’s as solid as they come.
5. Sean Taylor (5)—A full offseason with the defense staff and his teammates should help make him the deadly force in the defense that seemed to be his destiny when the Redskins drafted him.
4. Cornelius Griffin (1)—When he missed some time with a groin injury last year the defense suffered from the lack of his dominating presence in the middle of the line.
3. RB Clinton Portis (2)—After Portis set the team season rushing record last year, do you notice how he’s no longer being called a “system back”.
2. LB Marcus Washington (3)—He blitzes, stuffs the run from sideline to sideline, covers as well as any linebacker in the game, and has a knack for making the big play. In addition, Washington is now the inspirational leader of the defense; his great worth ethic and relentlessly positive attitude make him a natural for the job.
1. WR Santana Moss (9)—The comment here last year was, “He had better contribute a lot of big plays, as it appears he’s not capable of much else.” He did contribute a lot of big plays and, on top of that, he displayed a talent for turning little plays, like a slip screen pass behind the line of scrimmage, in to big ones. Everyone is looking forward to see what he can do with some more effective receivers on the other side to draw some of the defensive attention away from him.
Rich Tandler is the author of The Redskins From A to Z, Volume 1: The Games. This unique book has an account of every game the Redskins played from when they moved to Washington in 1937 through the 2001 season. For details and ordering information, go to http://www.RedskinsGames.com
Looking to add depth to their secondary, the Redskins reportedly signed former Seahawks and Cardinals cornerback Tharold Simon on Monday, according to ESPN’s Field Yates.
Source: Washington has signed former Seahawks CB Tharold Simon.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) January 16, 2017
Arizona claimed Simon off waivers after the Seahawks released him following the first week of the regular season. He played in nine games for the Cardinals and was inactive for his final two with the team, which then released him in December.
A fifth-round pick for the Seahawks in 2013, Simon was signed to a future/reserve contract, allowing him to compete for a roster spot during training camp and offseason workouts.
He is the 11th player to sign a futures contract with the Redskins.
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The Redskins have set up another interview with a candidate to fill their vacant defensive coordinator position.
According to the Washington Post, Jason Tarver, the defensive coordinator of the Raiders from 2012-2014, will meet with the organization. The date of the interview is not known.
Before joining the Raiders, Tarver coached in college for five years before the 49ers hired him as a quality control coach. He worked his way up to become the outside linebackers coach, a position he held from 2005-2010. Scot McCloughan was the GM of the 49ers while Tarver was coaching there.
After a year as a defensive coordinator in the college ranks at Stanford, Tarver was hired as the Raiders’ defensive coordinator. He was a defensive assistant for the 2015 49ers and he was out of football last season.
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The Redskins have announced interviews with former Browns head coach Mike Pettine and ex-Jaguars coach Gus Bradley. It was reported earlier today that they also will meet with Rob Ryan, most recently the Bills’ defensive coordinator.