Originally Posted by Jamaican'Skin
OPTIMISTIC: Coach Joe Gibbs returns after a decade of mediocrity. Gibbs hired many of his old assistants, implemented his old work ethic and acquired some big-name talent, including QB Mark Brunell, RB Clinton Portis and CB Shawn Springs. Assistant coach Gregg Williams is promising to create mayhem with his defense.
PESSIMISTIC: Twelve years is long time to be away, and Gibbs' demanding style could wear thin with today's younger players if team starts slowly. Overhauled offensive and defensive systems will take a while to master. DL is a concern.
ON THE RISE: No. 5 overall pick Sean Taylor has looked impressive at free safety. Free agent signing Portis ($50.5 million contract) needs to prove he's real deal _ and not just an ordinary running back made to look good by Denver's offensive line. OLB LaVar Arrington finally will be turned loose as pass rusher.
ON THE DECLINE: At 33, Brunell can only have so much left, but will start. OTs Chris Samuels and Jon Jansen were once cornerstones of franchise, but Samuels was disappointing last year and Jansen is out for season with Achilles' tendon injury.
EXPECT: Gibbs' mere presence should account for at least two or three wins. But the same was said - inaccurately - of departed coaches Marty Schottenheimer and Steve Spurrier. Redskins should able to flirt with .500 again.
How true is this?
8-8 at worst! Hope it is more like 9, 10, 11, or more wins.
I predicted 8-8 last year! I figure to make that up this year.
HOF Coach Gibbs was 8-8 his first year, during his first stint. At least that, again with Gibbs II!