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London Fletcher says Philadelphia Eagles are best in division, calls NFC East "terrible"


Washington Redskins linebacker London Fletcher is a future Hall of Famer, one of the most respected players in the game, and he also provides refreshingly blunt takes that are as insightful as they are honest. There’s no better non-diva to get your quotes from than Fletcher, and he provided some really interesting comments on the NFC East. According to Philly.com’s Jimmy Kempski, London Fletcher completely dissed the skill level of the NFC East this season, and that’s basically been something that we’ve all criticized (including most fans of teams in that usually-great division).

Fletcher called the NFC Least/formerly-Beast “terrible”, and he obviously says that he’s happy the division has been “so bad”. The Dallas Cowboys and Eagles may lead the division, but Fletcher points out that the Redskins are only two games behind them despite being 3-6. The Redskins, as Fletcher points out, are still very much “in it” despite their poor play of late, and we’ve heard Redskins players say all week that they “control their own destiny” (also loved the takes give by Reed Doughty and Robert Griffin III). It’s an uphill battle, but the Redskins can still do it. They’ll need to focus on “winning out”, though, and it starts with this week’s huge game against the Philadelphia Eagles, who are flying high thanks to Nick Foles taking advantage of bad pass defense (sadly for the Redskins, pass defense has been a huge weak spot for them).

Where things get really interesting is Fletcher’s NFC East rankings, which he has his upcoming opponents at the top. He said of the Philadelphia Eagles, “The Eagles are playing really good football right now. They’re probably the top team in our division right now.”

Wow, not the Cowboys? In fact, Fletcher only ranked the Cowboys third and had the New York Giants in front of them. Why? Well, Fletcher points to the fact that the Giants have won three in a row, and both of these teams will face off in Week 13 with the Cowboys on a bye this week.

As for the Washington Redskins, Fletcher bluntly ranks his own team last, and that’s something most of us can honestly agree with. The Redskins have been a massive disappointment this season, largely thanks to a dysfunctional pass defense and a disappointing passing attack. RG3 is starting to return to form, though, and Pierre Garcon and Jordan Reed are definitely potent threats in the passing game. Plus, the Redskins have an elite RB in Alfred Morris and LT in Trent Williams, so there’s still hope for this squad.

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  • disqus_kLJwdEdnOL

    It amazes me when writers say RG111 is returning to form. He received a lot of hype his rookie year but did not perform like an elite quarterback. So if he returns to form they still won’t have an elite quarterback. RG111 is the most overrated quarterback I have witnessed in 50 years of watching NFL football.

    • http://www.musketfire.com/ Joe Soriano

      He has returned to “form”, because he is playing better than he did at the beginning of this season. His rookie season was indeed overhyped by many, and I think most people have corrected their evaluations accordingly. RG3, though, is definitely a talented QB and wasn’t going to continue to play as poorly as he did at the beginning of this season. I’m not one of the members of the RG3 Fan Club, but even I’m willing to admit that the guy is talented, has plenty of upside, and has “returned to form” in comparison to his rough start to the year. I hope I didn’t imply that RG3 is an elite QB or anything, but he is definitely a good quarterback (I hope nobody calls him elite, honestly, he’s not even close to that level).

  • SmartThinking

    Fletcher ought to know. He’s been right in the middle of it for, what, twelve years? He’s right about the NFC East, too. This is a ‘Last man standing’ season. Watching the teams in this division change leads is like watching clowns catch a hot coal with both hands. Sure, they’ll try to hold onto it but it’s just too hot to handle before they toss it off to someone else who does the same. Nevertheless, whichever team is left standing in late December, either by outright wins or by default, will represent the East and have the right to have their brains stomped in by the 49ers in Week 1 of the playoffs. Gee. Now that’s something to play for! And we thought the Saints game was ugly.

    • http://www.musketfire.com/ Joe Soriano

      Hey, I think the Cowboys are the most talented of the teams in the NFC East, and thankfully the NFC East has been ugly enough that my preseason pick of the Giants (I know, what the heck was I thinking?) isn’t looking as awful as it did, uh, you know, not too long ago.

      Hey, upsets happen, plus if Kaepernick somehow keeps struggling…

  • Moby Dick

    I would rank the Giants last. Redskins can score so I would place them 3rd. Dallas 2nd. Eagles are most balanced right now, agreed, they are 1st.

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  • JoeDaBeast

    I believe many forgot that the Giants were a 9-7 afterthought when they won their last Super Bowl, getting hot at the end. We could only hope for as much this season. I think it would be fitting that when Cowboys Stadium hosted the big game, Dallas was a hyped up favorite, to be able to play in the first open air, cold weather Super Bowl (aka MetLife, formerly known as Giants Stadium).