Washington will probably be the same mediocre next year, but with some good drafting and proper coaching up could be legit in 2017 or 2018.
Cousins wasn’t great yesterday, but his receivers weren’t helping him out much. It much resembled the Patriots game from midseason, where they had a chance to at least keep up but there were drops all over the field killing drives.
The Redskins have a GM who has a plan, and Jay Gruden is at least a respectable head coach; he’s humble enough to always give credit elsewhere, accountable to take the blame where applicable, but still has the balls to call a guy out and tell it like it is when he needs to. He’s not going to make any particular brilliant moves in a game, but he’s usually not going to get out-coached.
Whether by giving him a fat new contract or franchise-tagging him Kirk Cousins is staying put. He may not be the second coming of Tom Brady, but he could be a legit NFL QB which this team has not had in a very long time (and they don’t really have any viable alternative so they really have no choice but to go all in with Captain Kirk).
They’ll probably resign Terence Knighton, give Junior Galette another year at a deep discount, maybe renegotiate DeSean Jackson’s contract, maybe Garcon too if they don’t cut him. Alfred Morris is probably gone.
Other than that, their offseason is going to go a lot like the last one, I think; GM Scot McCloughan believes in building a team from the trenches up and that’s what I expect him to continue to do. They really need to get some fresher beef in there and work on the run game, and the secondary needs a lot of help as well.
There aren’t going to be any splashy free agent signings; their biggest story this summer is going to be where does RG3 end up and that doesn’t really have anything to do with the team, as he’s surely going to be cut before they have to pay out that $16 million option.
Overall, the immediate outlook isn’t great, but there’s a core group to build something around.