Washington, D.M. — The Washington Redskins quarterback gave a speech Monday that could be read in two ways.
The first is a standard pre-game speech that’s often seen as one of the more polished moments of a game, as well as a pre-scripted, one-liner routine that includes some of the biggest talking points of the game.
The second is an analysis of the team’s performance.
While the former is more straightforward, the latter requires an extra level of attention.
And while it is more standard in nature, the former also requires an additional level of dedication.
As he prepared to address the team at the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABB) Convention in Houston, Carroll opened by asking the audience to look around them for clues about the next five weeks.
It’s about more than just a playoff berth, but also about who’s playing who, what the starters look like and how the team is trending.
It’s an analysis that could help predict the Redskins’ future, Carroll said.
The first question to ask is: Who are the starters?
That’s where Carroll is in a tight spot.
The team has a lot of talent on offense, but it’s been lacking on the defensive side of the ball.
The Redskins have allowed an average of 14 points per game during the regular season, and that number is up to 22.8 in the playoffs.
Carroll acknowledged that there is still a lot that needs to be figured out before the season begins, but he didn’t rule out the possibility that the Redskins could be a playoff team this year.
“This is the time of year when you can say you’ve got the pieces,” Carroll said of the offseason additions.
“This is what’s really going to determine whether we’re going to be a perennial contender or not.”
The question is: who’s starting?
With that in mind, here are the players who are projected to be starting for Washington this season:QB Matt Jones, WR Jamison Crowder, RB Devontae Booker, LB DeAngelo Hall, DE Jaylen Watkins, LB Avery Williamson, WR Pierre Garcon, DE Johnathan Hankins, DE/LB Ryan Kerrigan, CB Prince Shembo, WR Ryan Grant, CB DeAngelo Lewis, S Tyrell Adams, DT Preston Smith, CB Will Blackmon, WR Quinton Dunbar, DE DeAngelo Brown, DT Joe Schobert, DT Trent Murphy, LB Derrick Johnson, CB Josh Robinson, LB Josh Robinson II, CB Ryan Anderson, CB Casey Matthews, TE Zach Ertz, TE Michael Crabtree, WR Dwayne Allen, CB Marcus Peters, DT Mike Hughes, LB Johnathan Joseph, WR Allen Hurns, CB Chase Blackburn, LB Jordan Richards, LB Dontae Johnson, LB Brandon Browner, CB Kevin King, CB Quandre Diggs, CB Brandon Marshall, WR Tavon Wilson, CB Chris Thompson, TE Jacob Tamme, WR Jordan Matthews, WR Cole Beasley, CB Malcolm Mitchell, CB A.J. Derby, CB Dwayne Bowe, WR Brandon LaFell, LB Jonathan Williams, DT Brandon Thomas, DT Kyle Williams, CB Trent Murphy , DE Anthony Barr, TE Garrett Graham, CB Darius Slay, DT Robert Nkemdiche, LB Chris Clemons, CB Kendall Fuller, DE Kyle Williams Jr., CB Josh Wilson, TE Tyler Ervin, WR Terrance Knighton, TE Will Tye, TE James Wright, TE Jordan Reed, LB Jason Hatcher, WR Dez Bryant, CB Corey Davis, LB Shaq Thompson, WR Tyler Boyd, CB Justin Tuck, LB Robert Njoku, CB T.J., S Marcus Smith, DE Michael Johnson, S Jamar Taylor, CB Preston Smith Jr., TE Garrett Reynolds, DE Justin Evans, WR Josh Doctson, LB Darius Slay II, S Robert McClain, WR Rashad Johnson, DT Ryan Anderson Jr., WR Darius Butler, LB Zach Brown, WR Tre’Davious White, WR Kendall Fuller Jr., DE Chris Cook, TE Eric Ebron, TE Travis Benjamin, TE Jamison Williams, DE Trent Murphy III, CB Keenan Robinson, CB K.J./LB Josh Jackson, CB Tre’Bryan Miller, LB Corey White, CB Laremy Tunsil, LB Ryan Anderson III, LB Terrance Plummer, DE Charles Tapper, DE Jamar McBride, WR Trent Murphy Jr., LB Josh Doctt, LB Anthony Barr II, LB T.Y. McGill, WR Nate Orchard, WR Justin Evans Jr., RB Josh Doct, LB Kendall Fuller II, RB DeSean Jackson Jr., QB Colt McCoy, LB Nick Fairley, TE Jake Butt, WR Zach Ervin III, WR Kyle Rudolph, CB Anthony Brown, CB Rasul Douglas, LB Travis Frederick, DE Shaq Robinson, DE Jake Ryan, LB K’Waun Williams, RB