Muscle Sport Magazine

2008 NFL Preview: Washington Redskins

Gibbs, Riding Off into the Sunset, Replaced by Rookie HC Zorn

With the start of NFL training camps, MuscleSport Mag will bring you a team-by-team breakdown of all 32 clubs vying for the Lombardi Trophy on February 1, 2009 in Tampa Bay. We will start with the NFC East and work our way around the league.

Coming off an emotional playoff run last season and a coaching change, the Washington Redskins may take a step back in order to take two or more forward. The team ame together after the tragic death of Sean Taylor when no one would have faulted them for playing out the string.

Jim Zorn comes in from Seattle to replace the retired legend, Joe Gibbs. Shoes that will be extremely difficult to fill, no doubt. The former southpaw signal-caller finds himself in a tough division housing the Super Bowl champion Giants, division winning Dallas Cowboys, and a Philadelphia Eagles team hungry for a strong rebound after a down year.

Another new face in town will be Jason Taylor, who tangoed his way under Bill Parcells’ skin and out of Miami. While his talent cannot be questioned, the same can’t be said for his dedication.

Will this be the season that Jason Campbell makes the move up to a quality starting NFL quarterback? The ‘Skins run was accented by the play of journeyman veteran Todd Collins, and a sleeper pick was gunslinger Colt Brennan, who fell to the sixth round after starring in June Jones’ run and shoot offense at Hawaii.

How Zorn fairs as a first-time head coach – especially with the omnipresent Daniel Snyder as his boss – remains to be seen. The Washington fanbase is loyal, but not as patient. It should get better, even if it starts out bad.

PREDICTION: 7-9, 3rd Place NFC East

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *