Matt Terl over at the Redskins Blog does a great question by question breakdown and Vinny's responses of the press conference.
A few things of note that I found interesting:
- He currently doesn't know what is the team's biggest need (Note: He pre-empted said comment that the Skins are still in the evaluation process of each player and unit).
- He still thinks that there are starters in our draft class beyond Chris Horton and mentioned Kareem Moore and Rob Jackson in particular as guys who will contribute more next season.
- He's not disappointed in the year one progress of rookie WRs Devin Thomas and Malcom Kelly. Notably b/c injuries set both of them back as they missed large portions of OTAs and training camp.
- The Redskins need to win more at home. 4-4 is unacceptable and that in order to make the playoffs you need to be at least 6-2 at home and 4-4 on the road.
As for needs....I think it's pretty simple. FIX THE LINES!!!!!! Now who needs to go, stay, or improve and who needs to be added, drafted.....that needs to be evaluated. But can I throw in my fan skills and put my vote in already for Duke Robinson (OG, Oklahoma) as our 1st rounder. For the third year in a row, I'm suggesting the Skins address the O and D-lines (I wanted the past 3 years: 2007- Amobi Okoye, 2008- Branden Albert and 2009- an O or D Lineman). Now will they do it? Who knows. I'll have more breakdowns on what I think we need to address and who we should go after as we get closer to the draft.
As for the rookies, generally except for the Durrant Brooks experiment I'm not that disappointed either. I really didn't expect much from Thomas this year (even though I think he has elite WR potential) because he is so green. Davis (I still question this pick, not on the player but of the need) is behind Cooley (who had another great year). Kelly had problems getting healthy (which questions the evaluation of the Redskins FO) and thus when healthy, was way behind the learning curve. Rinehart never played and should be at minimal depth in 2009. Tryon made the team and looked ok as a special teamer in the regular season, but looked horrible as a corner in preseason. Brennan looked great in the preseason and has his own cult following at many of the Redskins fan sites. Moore and Jackson both played in the regular season if only in small depth roles or on special teams. Chris Horton (our last pick in the 7th round BTW), not only made the roster but now is our starter at FS and is arguably a top candidate for Defensive Rookie of the Year.
It's hard to really give Vinny a full grade as how he's been as "The" GM now (with no Gibbs or Snyder *supposedly* getting a vote on the final move) since there are alot of incomplete marks and unknowns with some of the moves but one can only judge by wins right now and that means a C to me since we went 8-8.