Before you get overly concerned here, let’s make it clear that we are not going to discuss every power ranking that comes out and how fair and reasonable (or unfair and unreasonable) the ranking might be. We could hire someone to do that fulltime from now through the end of the season and even then it would be hard to keep up.
But we are going to talk about Pro Football Talk ranking the Redskins 24th in their power poll in part because they are our corporate cousins but also because their reasoning is pretty, well, reasonable.
They talk about the strength at linebacker and at tight end and their challenges with the offensive line and at safety. I have to question the designation of the defensive line as an area of weakness, although they do note that Jarvis Jenkins could help considerably and that Barry Cofield might improve after learning nose tackle on the fly in 2011.
On the bottom line, they say this:
Defining success for the Redskins this season isn’t easy. They could be better across the board this season and still wind up with a similar record than they had last year because they play in a deep NFC East.
I’ve been thinking that 8-8 will be a good record for them and PFT agrees. Obviously that would put them closer to the middle of the pack than to 24th but it’s hard to argue that the team that owned a 5-11 mark last year and has a rookie quarterback and some other question marks should be ranked much higher at the start of the season.
What are your thoughts? Based on what we know right now, should the Redskins be ranked higher? Lower? About right?