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.