The purpose of these previews is to provide a quick and dirty look at what the outlook is for each NFL team in 2019 according to my own philosophies and hot takes when it comes to pro football. That said, let’s take a quick report card look at where we came from, what’s expected, and the logic that drives my principles when evaluating NFL teams.
|Division Odds (Moneyline)||:||+1000|
|2018 Rank Rushing Yds/Gm||:||17|
|2018 Rank Against the Run||:||17|
|2018 Rank Against the Pass||:||15|
|Returning Starters Offense||:||7|
|Returning Starters Defense||:||7|
You may notice passing rankings are not included in my cute little NFL team report card. The reason for that is without at least one of, a top-10 ranked running game or top-10 defense, it generally does not matter how good your quarterback is. If you don’t believe me, read this genius’s irrefutable thorough analysis of elite quarterbacks, and how these two attributes correlates to their ability to win anything of note.
Now that you’re fully indoctrinated into my non-quarterback driven league cult, let’s do a quick run down of Washington’s significant roster takeaways for this season.
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Impact Additions – Acquisitions that are projected to start or have major rotational roles in 2019
|4: S Landon Collins, LT Ereck Flowers, QB Dwayne Haskins, DE Montez Sweat|
Impact Losses – Departures that had started or had major rotational roles last season
|4: LB Preston Smith, S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, WR Jamison Crowder, LB Zach Brown|
Difference Makers – Players who are widely considered among the best at their position heading into 2019
|6: LB Ryan Kerrigan, DE Jonathan Allen, DT Daron Payne, S Landon Collins, OG Brandon Scherff, LT Trent Williams|
Potential Breakout Candidates – Second or third year players that are logical selections to make “the leap” in the upcoming season based on past performance
|2: CB Fabian Moreau, S Montae Nicholson|
How it could work
As an avid football fan and, more importantly, a gambling/fantasy degenerate located in the Midwest, I was able to witness lots of Dwayne Haskin’s college performances. Sparing you hot takes about my game film breakdowns, I very much agree that the league (especially you G-Men) took a colossal shit in their collective diaper letting him fall that far in the draft.
Yes, the ceiling is higher with Kyler Murray. But, I was, and still am convinced that Haskins has the safest floor to be a legit QB1 in the NFL. And, while the front office always seems to be dysfunctional, he is inheriting an NFL roster that is littered with talent.
It starts with Jonathan Allen and Da’Ron Payne. These two studs, at age 23 and 21 respectively, lead the defense to the 7th most sacks in the NFL. Added to that for 2019 first round edge rusher Montez Sweat, and free agent All-Pro safety Landon Collins, the defense on paper has potential to explode.
Up front, Haskins gets a high caliber offensive line to help improve an average (ranked 17th) running game last season. Also, having a healthy Chris Thompson and Derrius Guice back, and tons of quality depth at running back will aid in the ground game as well.
Look, I know it isn’t Russell Wilson falling backwards into the 3rd ranked rushing attack and 4th ranked defense in his rookie season. But, assuming I’m right about Haskins, are the ingredients there to be a wildcard team? I think Matty Ice’s rookie season with the Falcons suggests it’s not completely out of the question.
Why it wouldn’t work
Dicking around with Case Keenum and Colt McCoy for the month of September would certainly not help. Not to mention, be a complete waste of Haskin’s developmental time.
But, even before that, the non-negotiable is the status of their most important player, left tackle Trent Williams. He’s the anchor of the offensive line, and protector of the blindside.
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He continues to claim that he will sit out the entire year if necessary. Based on recent trends in the NFL, that would not be shocking. Trades have been suggested as well, but, either way, any Williams absence would be an unfillable hole.
Then, there’s the remote possibility that I’m completely wrong about Haskins. But, being wrong for me typically only happens on dating apps. And even then, depending on number of martinis consumed, those can turn out to be positive mistakes. Well… Until the next morning perhaps.
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The “fuck yourself” part is a reflection of the fan base’s left over repressed anger from Bob Griffin’s meteoric rise and fall. Trent Williams in, Haskins starts–give me over six wins, and a few Sacagawea’s on Washington to be a wildcard team.
Williams out, the Keenum/McCoy dynamic duo starts for a month, forget everything I just said.
Next up, I’ll cover Jerrah’s boys of Dallas, then finish off the NFC East with the Eagles.