Can the Redskins get out of the basement?

Can the Redskins get out of the basement?
July 11, 2012, 6:50 pm
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As I continue my rigorous pre-training camp reading regimen (which really is not all that rigorous), Ill keep bringing you interesting items as I come across them.Todays nugget comes from Pro Football Weeklys Eric Edholm, who ranks last seasons cellar dwellers and their prospects of making a significant improvement this fall.Edholm considers the Redskins to be the third most likely to enjoy a major turnaround, putting their chances of improving on 2011s record of 5-11 at 65-percent and their chances of making the playoffs at 35-percent.The reasons? Edholm points to three in particular:The addition of potential big-play threats Robert Griffin III and receivers Pierre Garcon and Josh Morgan.The Redskins longest rushing play last season was 39 yards, and they had exactly two (two!) pass plays that went for 50 yards or more, he writes, in part. The team needed offensive juice badly and addressed it That should help a ton.Some soft spots in the schedule that includes four last place opponents. Those teams are: St. Louis, Tampa Bay, Minnesota and Cleveland. (It should be noted, though, that only the Vikings are coming to Washington.And, finally, a young defense thats on the upswing.When you consider that the defense is in pretty good shape and that the Redskins beat the Giants twice last season and lost three other divisional games by one score, the chances for a bump is there, Edholm writes.I cant argue with any of those reasons (mostly because Im a glass-half-full-kind-of-guy). But, like Edholm, I also subscribe to the school of thought that believes the Redskins fortunes in 2012 will mirror RG3s.RG3 still must prove himself amid sky-high weekly hype, the pressure of playing in D.C. and in a division that remains a gauntlet, EdHolm concludes.