Special thanks to Kevin Mawyer II over at Riggo’s Rag, the fansided website for the Washington Redskins, who sat with the Jet Press to answer the following questions in anticipation of Sunday’s New York Jets vs. Redskins game.
JETPRESS: Thoughts on the Redskins season so far? It looks like it has been an up and down year.
RIGGO: The Redskins season is one that could have been much better, but given the expectations, is about where we thought it would be. The general consensus is that Grossman shouldn’t have been benched and the benching of Grossman for Beck could have cost us our season.
On the other hand, the fact that we would have to rely on Rex to lead us to the promise land says a lot about this 2011 team. We’ve gotten significantly younger and our free agency moves are getting better. Most people still think this team is a season or two (or maybe a franchise QB) away from competing. The bright spot this year has definitely been our defense. Our front seven is much improved and if we could find a corner that could cover a safety or two that could stay healthy we’d be a top 5 unit.
JETPRESS: What has surprised you the most on offense? What about defense?
RIGGO: Roy Helu has been a bit of a surprise, but not for reasons you would think. Shanahan has done everything to not give this guy a chance. He’s tried Hightower, went down with an ACL. He tried Torain, ineffective after his Rams game. Choice? That was a joke or some way of getting Cowboys intel. He finally gives the kid a chance and he only breaks a franchise record with John Beck at QB. Then he comes out against Seattle and jumps, literally, over Seattle’s defense.
I’m excited to see him carry the ball on a regular basis. I think he fits the mold of a LeSean McCoy.
On defense the surprise has to be Ryan Kerrigan, our number one pick. I don’t think anybody could have seen this great of a season coming. He’s got 6 1/2 sacks and an interception with five games left to play. His skill, combined with Orakpo on the other end, has most fans thinking they’ve got a solid D-Line for years to come.
JETPRESS: Can Roy Helu be a Number 1 running back?
RIGGO: I hope so. The problem with Redskins running backs (and all NFL backs for that matter) is injuries. If Helu can stay healthy he can certainly be a number one. He does need to improve his pass protection, but that will come with more time in the league. He has the raw talent and I think he’ll only get better with time.
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