ASHBURN — The Washington Football Team won seven playoff games this season. As in 2020, the team is still in the same place as last offseason. They are still looking for a quarterback. The difference is that the team’s decision makers can be more aggressive in trying to find one.
Washington didn’t view its roster last offseason as complete enough for it to be able mortgage the future for a new quarterback. This meant that Washington made an offer but did not go overboard in trying to trade Matthew Stafford. Martin Mayhew, general manger, said that the team will be “selectively aggressive” this offseason.
After a disappointing 7-10 season that was marred by COVID-19 absences, key injuries, and a rocky stretch, Ron Rivera expressed his satisfaction with the roster construction. He was impressed by the way the team performed during the four-game winning streak (Weeks 10-13), which helped shape his future vision.
Rivera’s record with Washington is 14-19. He will need to improve in 2022. He is steadfast that the franchise is on the right track.
He said, “I see things through rose-colored glasses.” “I am an optimist. “I feel quite good about the way I look at things.”
Washington offered Stafford a second- and third-round picks in 2021’s NFL draft in exchange for Washington. This proposal would have allowed Washington the opportunity to keep building. Washington was unable to match the Los Angeles Rams’ offer, which sent quarterback Jared Goff and two first-rounders (20223 and 2023) along with a 2021 third round pick to Detroit.
Washington then tried to go up during the 2021 draft to select quarterback Justin Fields but the asking cost was too high.
Washington will be exploring deals with the best quarterbacks that could be available this offseason. It includes Deshaun Wilson from Houston, Seattle’s Russell Wilson and Aaron Rodgers of Green Bay. Watson is currently facing 22 lawsuits claiming sexual assault and inappropriate conduct and asked for a trade a few years ago. It is possible that Derek Carr, from Las Vegas, will be the next in line.
However, these players might not be readily available or realistic and the rookie class might lack the immediate support needed. A mid-tier quarterback like Jimmy Garoppolo from San Francisco could be the sweet spot. He would not need as much salary-cap space or trade capital. Washington would be able to upgrade him while still maintaining his talent.
Washington thinks Washington can be more aggressive.
The offensive lineDespite the possibility of Brandon Scherff’s departure as a free agent, there is still optimism. The past two offseasons have seen little progress towards a new deal for 2020 All-Pro. Mayhew confirmed that the team offered him a contract to be the highest-paid player in the league, at $15 million to $16 millions per year. He chose to play this season for $18 million on the franchise tag.
Washington is happy with the unit’s depth, which has been a focus point for the past two offseasons, and its ability to keep a high level, possibly by adding another key player. According to ESPN Stats & Information, Washington ranked 14th in percentage of quarterback pressures allowed (29%), a number that could have been better if not for the team ranking second in average time before the quarterback threw the ball (2.96 seconds) and third in most time spent in the pocket by its quarterbacks (2.59 seconds).
The players:Washington’s case, it is the potential. Terry McLaurin, a receiver who has exceeded 1,000 yards in each of his three previous seasons, is an example. Logan Thomas, the tight end, is the team’s best red zone threat. He ranks third in tight ends’ red zone yards with 151, trailing Baltimore’s leader Mark Andrews by 12 yards even though he played 10 more games.
It would be hugely beneficial if Thomas can regain his form after torning his ACL in December. He played six games this season. J.D. could also be back. McKissic, who Washington is keen to retain, is another pending free agent. The team needs Curtis Samuel to be a healthy receiver. Samuel was injured in soft-tissue accidents and was only able to play in five games and receive six passes. After catching 12 passes as a rookie, Dyami Brown needs to be drafted in the 2021 third round.
It takes a leap of faith for Washington to claim it has enough playmakers. But Rivera and other players know that it is not possible.
Rivera said, “This was what I grew-up on: You have the franchise quarterback. You have to protect him. We did it the opposite way. We were there to protect the quarterback. Now you have playmakers around him. Let’s see if that works. [QB]Connect that guy and see what happens.
“I like our receiver group. We have players around our quarterback if everyone is healthy and ready to go.
The run gameIt averaged 154.8 yards of rushing per game in Washington’s five victories and took 36 minutes, 32 second to complete a possession. This was due to the offensive line (and tight end) blocking well, and coordinator Scott Turner dedicating hard to the run.
It happened in tandem with the defense’s best game, which was considered a team strength and played its best ball. The defense finished fifth in points allowed, fourth in yards allowed, and third in total points allowed between Weeks 8-13. However, it was not as successful as it was before and was greatly affected by COVID-19 and injuries in the final five week. It will be 2022.
Rivera stated that she likes the progress of their running game.[Gibson]It was a huge step in the right direction. In defense, we have men who showed that they were impact players at one point. It’s up to us to keep it going.”
The same is true for the quarterback pursuit. The team has been analyzing its options since the draft, starting with potential targets via free agency and trades.
Washington is ready for a move. Washington should have at minimum 12 starters next season who are younger than 27.
Rivera stated, “Our staff is more than adequate.” “Again, I’m optimistic. I believe in our team. “I believe in the potential of our team.”