Your Friday morning open thread:
Last season, one thing the Redskins’ defense did consistently was pick off opposing quarterbacks. In fact, the unit finished tied with the Giants for third in interceptions with 21. Only the Bears and Cardinals had more with 24 and 22, respectively.
London Fletcher led the way in Washington with a career-best five picks, while DeAngelo Hall and Rob Jackson each had four. In all, linebackers accounted for 10 of the team’s picks.
Although it's probably unreasonable to expect Fletcher and Jackson, who will miss the first four games due to suspension, to duplicate last year's numbers, I don't think it's unreasonable to expect more from the defensive backs.
The return of a healthy Brandon Meriweather will give the Redskins another veteran playmaker on the backend. I also think the rookie defensive backs -- Bacarri Rambo, Phillip Thomas and David Amerson -- will get in on the action sooner rather than later. Because that's what they do. In 2011, Amerson’s 13 interceptions led college football. Rambo, meantime, ranked second to Amerson that year with eight. And last season, Thomas produced more picks than any other college player with eight.
So here’s today’s question: Who do you think will lead the Redskins in interceptions in ’13?