Last week, I posted an article on some potentially draft-eligible players who might be on the Washington Redskins’ radar who would be performing in bowls over the course of New Year’s weekend. I haven’t had a chance to go back and review the performances of all of the players on the list but here are a few things that caught my eye regarding those players and a few others over the course of the long weekend. Mike Pouncey, G, Florida—Playing center this year, the projected pro guard displayed the mobility against Penn State in the Outback Bowl that would make him a perfect fit in the Redskins’ zone blocking scheme. On an end around play to the left, Pouncey quickly got downfield and threw a textbook block to eliminate the last man standing between the ball carrier and the goal line. Later in the game he pulled from left to right and made another key block on a long Gator run. On the negative side, he made a bad shotgun snap that resulted in a 19-yard loss.
After the Washington Redskins regular season ended on Sunday, the players scattered to their offseason homes, and fans got into their usual January mode of contemplating next year. The coaches, however, barely took a breather before returning to work. “What we do for the next few days, is coaches go back, write up their position players, and they will put them in a pecking order; strengths, weaknesses, starters, backups, ascending player, descending player,” Mike Shanahan said. We think that we can give the coaches a few days off. Today and on Monday we will go through the Redskins’ roster and put players into the proper spot on the matrix of ascending/descending and starter/backup. Today, we’ll take a look at the offense.
The Redskins were 4-5 in those games decided by three or fewer points. In fact, they could have won all but a few games that they lost and they certainly could have lost every game that they won. The “what ifs” are as good a way as any to look at the 2007 season in review. To summarize, the 6-10 Redskins lost seven games that could have been wins if some plays had gone the Redskins way. All six of their wins also hung on a razor’s edge, with a play here and a play being critical to the outcome. Looking at this, it seems fair to say that the 2010 Washington Redskins were what their record said they were. In six of their 10 losses the Redskins led, were tied, or trailed by three points or fewer at some point during the fourth quarter.