I suppose, if you took the question just as it was worded, stealing a player and putting him on the Redskins this Sunday, maybe it’d make sense to pilfer a Steeler. Then you could weaken them and strengthen the Redskins at the same time. Safety Troy Polamalu and linebacker James Harrison haven’t quite been at their best, or healthiest, this season though, so that kind of ruins that. A Darrelle Revis of the Jets would be nice, but currently, he’s out for the year. The Redskins surely would benefit from a cornerback who would make DeAngelo Hall and Josh Wilson the Nos. 2 and 3.
Maybe one offensive player — a dominant wide receiver, perhaps — would make the defensive woes moot, because having someone dependable on the other end of Robert Griffin’s passes would mean the Redskins could outscore teams. A Calvin Johnson, or an Andre Johnson, would be great not only for his own talents, but for the trickle-down effect he could have on the offense. With the best defenders concentrating on the top wide receiver, routes should open up for the Redskins’ supporting cast, which actually would look pretty good behind a solid No. 1. Too bad Pierre Garcon, who doesn’t compare to either Johnson stylistically or talent-wise, isn’t healthy enough to at least put that theory into practice. The Redskins sure looked good for those eight plays Griffin and a healthy Garcon had together in New Orleans.
The larger point, perhaps, is that there are precious few players in the NFL who make a major difference on an offensive or defensive unit by their presence alone. Washington added one, perhaps two, last offseason. If another were on the way next year, despite the lack of a first-round draft pick, that’d be pleasing.
Sure it’s a silly topic, and a fantasy, but have a little fun with it. If you woke up on the wrong side of the bed and feel inclined to complain about the lack of reporting in the morning conversation starters, maybe have some coffee and check back for Mark Maske’s 9 a.m. post. He’s an actual reporter.
Your insights, as always, are appreciated. The responses to yesterday’s post were outstanding. Turns out, most of you don’t really dislike the Steelers at all. Those who do have their reasons. I can respect that.
Hopefully it’s not too depressing to realize there is no help on the way Sunday. In the real world, all most of us can do is pull for the guys we have to put forth their best efforts, or be healthy (this means you, London Fletcher). In the case of this season’s Redskins and Steelers, that could be enough for a semi-surprising road victory.