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Having new QB no excuse for Redskins in Jay Gruden’s fifth year

But let’s say they stay relatively healthy and go 7-9 or 8-8, then yes, I think he’d be on a rather hot seat. That would represent a third straight season with no playoff appearance. Keep in mind that no coach has lasted longer under owner Dan Snyder than Gruden. That patience must be rewarded. There’s no season with double-digit wins to fall back on, no deep playoff run — there’s been one playoff game — to buy more time.new nike nfl jerseys cheap

The staff did a good job in 2017 despite all the injuries. I know other teams still won with players out, but the Redskins weren’t all that deep to begin with and some guys are just tougher to replace. Before camp last year, I thought 9-7; after camp, I dropped it to 8-8 (didn’t think the defense and run game had improved enough). Had you laid out the injury scenario, I would have said 5-11. They managed 7-9 — yes, losing the finale to the Giants was bad, and they should have hung on against the Saints.

But you can’t give them an excuse for having a new quarterback. I don’t think they’d do that, either. That new QB is 34 years old and has started 151 games (and won 88). In Smith’s first season with Kansas City, the Chiefs went 11-5 — a nine-win improvement over the previous season. Here’s what I know about Smith: He’s a smart quarterback capable of quickly picking up offenses, having done so many times throughout his career. He’s working with a coach who has a good system and there is talent around him. If they struggle, you can’t blame it on Smith being new. Yes, more experience in a system helps. But to expect that level of patience in year 5 of a program with a proven quarterback? No.5

Finding chemistry in certain situations — third down, red zone, etc. — will take time. That’s especially true when it comes to tight end Jordan Reed, who couldn’t practice all spring. You can expect improvement in the future; you shouldn’t settle for more losses in the present. If they built a good roster, then it shouldn’t sidetrack them.

The Redskins have shown interest, having attended each of their pro days. They sent multiple people to Alexander’s workout, which of course was the closest one. Based on what I’ve read, and what I’ve been told, it seems as if Beal is the best of the bunch and would get drafted the highest. Not everyone thinks that; I do know some who view Alexander as that guy. But my guess is that the Redskins view Beal as the top available player. Some think Alexander will warrant a mid-round pick; I’ve talked to others who project he and Bryant as seventh-rounders in this draft. buy nike nfl jerseys cheap Alexander ran a 4.6 at his pro day, which will scare some teams unless they view him as a safety.

The Redskins are doing due diligence on these players, but it clearly goes beyond just basic homework. It’s always good to add young corners, especially when two of your top three — Josh Norman and Orlando Scandrick — are 30 and 31, respectively. They also have several other young corners with question marks. And they need more depth at safety, if they felt one of these players fit better at that position. I don’t know if they will pick one of them, but yes, there is interest.