This week cover32 Giants sat down with Redskins columnist Roberto Padilla to chat about the Redskins’ 2013 season. Here’s what we found out:
Who was the one person this year that had the most positive impact on your team’s final season record?
Pierre Garcon started the season with lofty expectations following a strong first season with the Redskins last year. Although Garcon was injured much of last season, he still performed to the expectations set by his contract and proved to the Redskins why he was worth the money as a number one receiver. This season Garcon followed that up by becoming the new franchise leader in receptions with 113 for 1346 yards and five touch downs. Garcon has proven to be one of the most respected and dependable players in the Redskins organization and Robert Griffin III’s go to guy.
Who is the most overrated player on your team and why?
Kirk Cousins was drafted the same year as Robert Griffin III, played well during Griffin’s absence and was heralded as an asset for the Redskins whom they could look upon has a trade commodity to improve their team in the future. The hope was that Kirk Cousins would continue his surprising play from last season and parlay it into another successful string of games this season while Griffin was benched late in the season. Unfortunately, Cousins played mediocre at best against teams with glaring weaknesses on defense and most likely diminished any trade value that Cousins realistically had, which was nowhere near the first or second round pick the Redskins were trying to conjure up out of thin air.
What is your overall feeling on the job done by your team’s entire coaching staff?
Aside from the defensive side of the ball, the coaching staff did a mediocre job at best to have the Redskins in the best position to be competitive on a weekly basis. The special teams coverage was the most glaring weakness and it seemed to digress rapidly as each game passed. The offensive game plans were stale, uninspired and very predictable. Despite having an All-Pro running back in Alfred Morris, second half play calling in many games did not include him, even if Morris was successful early running the ball.
Which side of the ball do you think made the most progress as a unit in 2013?
Defensively the coaching staff did a phenomenal job adjusting to injuries and a secondary that featured two rookies. The defense also made gradual improvements from the first month of the season to finish 20th in the league against the pass and 17th against the run. The Redskins will continue to improve on defense next season behind Pro Bowl alternates DeAngelo Hall and Brian Orakpo.
Where does your team need to draft in order to improve in 2014?
There are many needs that the Redskins hope to address in the NFL Draft. Without a first round pick due to the RGIII trade, the Redskins will need their scouting department to work miracles and find some valuable gems late in the draft. The Redskins most glaring needs in no particular order are OL, DL, WR, CB, SS, FS and MLB.
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