It will be later in the season and for many NFL teams the playoffs are in sight. But some squads are looking forward to next year. Since each club has dropped out of postseason, The Ringer will investigate what went right, what went wrong, and where the franchise could go from here. Next up are the Washington Redskins, who officially dropped out of the playoffs with a loss to the jets in the 11th week.
What Went Right
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Then there's Dwayne Haskins. The no. 15 in this year's draft has not looked very good in his four appearances so far this season – he has a 2-to-5 TD interception rate and only 58.2 percent of his passes – but he's still the clever Armed Bellman we seen in the state of Ohio. With the right offensive system and time to roll, this trio could be the foundation for the next competitive football team in Washington.
What Went Wrong
There's a lot to dissect here, but it all starts with Bruce Allen's commentary afterwards. The dismissal of head coach Jay Gruden earlier this season: The team president believes the culture is "damned good". In addition, Washington has lost the 140-189-1 since buying the team through Dan Snyder in 1999. Contracts went to disappointments like Albert Haynesworth and clashes with coaches like Marty Schottenheimer. In recent years, Washington has been known for its poor relations with key executives. First, there was a debacle over Robert Griffin III's injury, followed by years of chicken playing with Kirk cousins. Recently, Star Left tackle Trent Williams has beaten the team for maltreating the treatment of growth on his head that he said was cancer. He said this week that he will never play another opponent for the team. After 7-9 in 2018, the team is only behind Cincinnati. Tip – and it's important to remember that Snyder and Allen had not planned to be here. This is the damn good culture that has led to a fourth consecutive season that ends just before the playoffs. It's hard to imagine what the culture would look like if it's bad.
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"The prestige and status of the Washington Redskins in the DC region reached their absolute low – the lowest point in the franchise's existence in this city 1937 – Sunday at FedEx Field. "
– Grant Paulsen (@granthpaulsen) November 18, 2019
If you're looking for on-grounds for the catastrophic season in Washington, look at the offense , It does not matter if Haskins or Case Keenum lead this unit. The team is rotten on this side of the ball. Washington takes the last place in the ranking of points scored – 125 or 216 points less than the neighbors of the team in Baltimore – and is close to the last place in yards. Washington needs a Sean McVay or Kyle Shanahan guy to change the offense. If only one of these two men had been in the building sometime.
The biggest question Washington has to answer in this off-season is who will lead the team on the sidelines next year. Interim coach Bill Callahan (unfortunately not this one) has made little after his move to Gruden to create confidence. It is unlikely that he will get the full-time appearance, but Allen and Snyder are unpredictable. Suppose he looks at a long list of candidates, including current offensive coordinator Kevin O'Connell, offensive coordinator of Kansas City Eric Bieniemy, and perhaps even Steelers coach Mike Tomlin. (It's a long try, but Snyder might try.)
As far as the current list is concerned, the team must first determine what to do with Trent Williams. He has another year left, and while his insistence on never again playing for the team would make him a logical trade candidate, Washington inexplicably detained him this season. A left elite tackle could bring the team a small ransom in draft capital. Beyond Williams, there are not many key pieces that could leave this off-season. Casey's freelance writers include Case Keenum, Colt McCoy, Vernon Davis, Ereck Flowers, Donald Penn, and Jon Bostic. The team is unlikely to commit to paying any of them, especially if the deals of Alex Smith and Josh Norman are still ongoing.
Twelve months ago, this would have been unthinkable for a team Take a QB at the head of the draft after you've selected one in the first round of the previous year. But the Cardinals of Arizona changed that bill when they dropped Josh Rosen and picked Kyler Murray under number one. 1 in April. Dwayne Haskins now has six games to prove it's worth building on. If not, Washington might be looking for a signaler with the best choice.
During the ruling, Washington's vote will surely end in the top 5 – and maybe even rise to no. 1. This team needs a talent infusion almost everywhere. Attacking Georgia Andrew Thomas is a likely target, but Washington could choose to pair Ohio State Edge striker Chase Young with Montez Sweat, hoping to set a strong defensive footing. If you look beyond the first round, there is a clear need for a corner (perhaps taking Florida's CJ Henderson or LSU's Kristian Fulton to win the second round), and given Davis's departure and the unclear status of Jordan Reed, a close end seems unfruitful to be. In this season after a concussion in the preseason in an injured reserve was added.