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Paintrain 05-12-2008 12:45 PM

Redskins #14 in ESPN Offseason Power Rankings
 
[url=http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/powerranking?season=2008&week=0&lpos=spotlight&lid=tab1pos1]ESPN - NFL Power Rankings - National Football League[/url]

Of course there's nothing much more meaningless than offseason power rankings but it's something to discuss..

We're #14 overall, #8 in the NFC and #4 in the NFC East..

I think we're going to finish better than the Eagles and Giants in the division and be the #5 seed overall in the NFC. Among the teams ranked ahead of us I disagree with are the Eagles, Giants, Saints, Packers and Vikings..

Discuss.

bertoskins2 05-12-2008 12:48 PM

Re: Redskins #14 in ESPN Offseason Power Rankings
 
way to early, maybe too high for us considering our adjustment to the new offense. though our OL is looking much healthier in the first camp and OTA's

freddyg12 05-12-2008 12:51 PM

Re: Redskins #14 in ESPN Offseason Power Rankings
 
I saw this earlier in the day & I must say that I agree w/it & w/M.Schlereth's pick of us at 8-8. I agree w/the statement that we're a tough "read," and I respect them for putting us in the middle rather than going up or down.

I think due to recent progress by the team & the use of 10 draft picks, there is greater respect for the skins. A few years ago, if all other things were the same we'd have been put towards the bottom.

I think the Giants are in for a rough season & the iggles will be really tough. Dallas, hate to say, is still the team to beat for the nfc east title.

Mattyk 05-12-2008 01:03 PM

Re: Redskins #14 in ESPN Offseason Power Rankings
 
#14 isn't too bad, I thought they would place them much lower because Zorn is such an unknown at this point.

Redskin Warrior 05-12-2008 01:05 PM

Re: Redskins #14 in ESPN Offseason Power Rankings
 
[QUOTE=Mattyk72;447890]#14 isn't too bad, I thought they would place them much lower because Zorn is such an unknown at this point.[/QUOTE]

I thought we would be in the upper 20's myself but #14 is pretty good considering the circumstances.

Scott 05-12-2008 01:25 PM

Re: Redskins #14 in ESPN Offseason Power Rankings
 
If we win in week 1 against the Giants we'll be ranked in the top 5 and if we lose we'll be ranked 32 and Dan Snyder will be blamed.

Schneed10 05-12-2008 01:53 PM

Re: Redskins #14 in ESPN Offseason Power Rankings
 
It's a testament to our division that we're the 4th team listed from our division, yet we're still listed in the top half of the NFL.

Gotta love the NFC East. It's so much fun to be a part of.

jbcjr14 05-12-2008 02:09 PM

Re: Redskins #14 in ESPN Offseason Power Rankings
 
Yes, the East is going to be very good this year and it will be fun to watch. Rankings right now are just about as unreliable as someone mocking the 2009 draft already!

skinsfan69 05-12-2008 02:29 PM

Re: Redskins #14 in ESPN Offseason Power Rankings
 
[quote=Paintrain;447882][URL="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/powerranking?season=2008&week=0&lpos=spotlight&lid=tab1pos1"]ESPN - NFL Power Rankings - National Football League[/URL]

Of course there's nothing much more meaningless than offseason power rankings but it's something to discuss..

We're #14 overall, #8 in the NFC and #4 in the NFC East..

I think we're going to finish better than the Eagles and Giants in the division and be the #5 seed overall in the NFC. Among the teams ranked ahead of us I disagree with are the Eagles, Giants, Saints, Packers and Vikings..

Discuss.[/quote]

To be honest. The Saints and Minn have had a very good off seasons and they should be slightly ahead of us IMO. The Giants are the defending SB champs so why wouldn't they be ahead of us?? Makes sense. Right? I can see why GB is ahead of us cause they went 14-2 or 13-3. The only team I can disagree with is Philly.

Schneed10 05-12-2008 02:38 PM

Re: Redskins #14 in ESPN Offseason Power Rankings
 
[quote=skinsfan69;447911]To be honest. The Saints and Minn have had a very good off seasons and they should be slightly ahead of us IMO. The Giants are the defending SB champs so why wouldn't they be ahead of us?? Makes sense. Right? I can see why GB is ahead of us cause they went 14-2 or 13-3. The only team I can disagree with is Philly.[/quote]

I'd agree with this. We've had a coaching change. If you're struggling to rank a couple teams who are close (like us, the Saints, and the Vikes), put the one with the coaching change further down the rankings.

I could see us going 5-11 just as easily as I could 11-5. I've got no clue what to expect this year. Should make it exciting.

chrisl4064 05-12-2008 03:08 PM

Re: Redskins #14 in ESPN Offseason Power Rankings
 
Jets at 21, hmmm gonna have to disagree with that one. Also the Browns, and im not just hating on them because they are the Browns. I just dont see them there at the end of the season. As for us, respectable. I think Philly upgraded their D but didnt do much to the O-line imo. Even a healthy Mcnabb could have problems (as usual).

redsk1 05-12-2008 03:25 PM

Re: Redskins #14 in ESPN Offseason Power Rankings
 
[quote=Schneed10;447916]I'd agree with this. We've had a coaching change. If you're struggling to rank a couple teams who are close (like us, the Saints, and the Vikes), put the one with the coaching change further down the rankings.

I could see us going 5-11 just as easily as I could 11-5. I've got no clue what to expect this year. Should make it exciting.[/quote]

It seems this way every year. As fans we're optimistic but i think most skins fans are realistic too. I too could see them as being a very good team and a very bad team if some things don't work out. I'm really unsure of what to expect this year. I can agree w/ being 14th (FWIW) right now.

In short, some reasons we could be very good:
JC has shown very good improvement every offseason
Our O line is getting healthy again
RB depth
Some added WR depth
Same D w/ more experience
A more aggressive approach offensively...we're not going to "sit" on leads and lose games that way

In short, some reasons we could be pretty bad:
New coaches, offensive system
O-line age and ability to stay healthy/lack of oline depth
Our WR depth is young, real young
Gregg Williams is gone. I think we might realize what a good D coord GW was.
We have a 1st year coach w/ no coord experience/coaching experience...Will the players have faith in Zorn if we go thru early problems?
If JC regresses/doesn't improve


Should make for an interesting year.

Paintrain 05-12-2008 03:35 PM

Re: Redskins #14 in ESPN Offseason Power Rankings
 
[QUOTE=skinsfan69;447911]To be honest. The Saints and Minn have had a very good off seasons and they should be slightly ahead of us IMO. The Giants are the defending SB champs so why wouldn't they be ahead of us?? Makes sense. Right? I can see why GB is ahead of us cause they went 14-2 or 13-3. The only team I can disagree with is Philly.[/QUOTE]

I probably should have been clearer in my statements, I don't think the Power Rankings should reflect us being ahead of all of those teams now, but I think we are better than they are and the season will bear that out.

GTripp0012 05-12-2008 03:45 PM

Re: Redskins #14 in ESPN Offseason Power Rankings
 
Top to bottom, we are the 4th best team in the East. We are also the oldest team in the league, so staying healthy will be an issue. If we can stay healthy, we do have as good a chance to win the East as any. It's just not a very smart bet.

Ruhskins 05-12-2008 03:47 PM

Re: Redskins #14 in ESPN Offseason Power Rankings
 
I think 14 is a good ranking...and there are many question marks for our team. In regards to other teams, I think the Vikes are ranked too high...they have a mediocre QB and in a division with good defenses (Pack/Bears) he's not going to fare well.


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