The Washington football team entered the season with huge expectations when it came to the defensive side of the ball. So how did they do it? Let’s evaluate.
The Washington Football Team entered the 2021 season with one of the highest-profile defenses in all of football. To be fair, there was a good reason for that. They were near the top the previous season for one thing. They added pieces to improve their secondary and linebacker groups. And many of their best players were young and improving.
With all of that in mind, you can see why a lot of people were expecting major defensive dominance in 2021.
However, we did not exactly understand this. We had flashes of it, of course. But we were never really treated to the full experience like so many people thought they would get.
Instead, we had an uneven game. We would see a defense that looked completely lost in some weeks, but an elite in others. There were players who looked out of position (more on that later). It also felt as if they were repeatedly overrun. Where was the pressure? Why were some players in certain places?
What made things even more frustrating was the way things played out. There would be great weeks and the potential would shine. But we also received devastating blows. Like Montez Sweat who plays very well then breaks his jaw and misses a lot of action. Chase Young started to drive, then suffered a serious injury.
Every team deals with injuries, so that’s no excuse. Either way, the defense failed to live up to expectations.
How? ‘Or’ What do are they still playing? Let’s go over each part of the defense and give them some ratings for the 2021 season. Unfortunately, I don’t think this will be the most positive article. The positivity shines here though, so let’s try to find some good stuff too.