Washington Redskins: Defensive Preview – Will the team come together?

If you recall the defense for the Washington Redskins in 2016, it was awful. I cannot even say it was just bad because it was much worse. Matter of fact, it has been bad for two years which prompted the release of Defensive Coordinator Joe Barry. Now, new Defensive Coordinator, Greg Manusky has some work to do. We look at the Washington Redskins 2017 defense below.

When you watched the Washington Redskins in 2017, you noticed a glaring need. They needed help in the defensive backfield. They lost Veteran leadership in the form of DeAngelo Hall. Free Agent pickups in David Bruton and Duke Ihenacho could not stay healthy. That prompted the Washington Redskins to be active in free agency at this position.

They bring in safety DJ Swearinger from Arizona to fill the void at free safety. Swearinger is a hard-hitting player. He can play downhill on run plays. This along with moving Su’a Cravens back to his natural position should help fill a large gap that has hindered the Redskins for two seasons.

Another glaring area on defense was on the front line.  The Washington Redskins could not stop any run game. Opponents averaged 120 yards per game against the Redskins. They needed to improve this in 2017. One way they have attempted to is with free agent linebacker Zach Brown. Brown had 97 solo tackles in 2016. He has great pursuit and finishes his tackles. He should be a welcome addition to a struggling defense.

The Redskins also drafted to solidify their run defense. They selected Jonathan Allen with the 17th pick in the 2017 Draft. The 6’3” 291lbs defensive can also drop inside. The Washington Redskins will surely have an improved run defense with this addition. He will compliment free agent acquisitions Stacy McGee and Terrell McClain along a revamped defensive line.

The Washington Redskins have had a record setting defense over the past two season. However, not in a good way. They have been setting records as one of the worst in NFL history. Turning this around will increase their chances in a tough NFC and NFC Eastern Division. Can they come together?

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