NFC East Q&A: Will Redskins' defensive changes make a difference?

Have the Redskins done enough this offseason?

ESPN NFL Insider Dan Graziano talks about how much ground in the NFC East the Redskins have made up with their offseason moves.

Today’s question: The Redskins have had a solid offseason, nothing flashy, but they drafted a lineman fifth overall and focused on beefing up the defensive front seven by signing Stephen Paea and Terrance Knighton and corner Chris Culliver and finding two new starting safeties. Have they done enough to make up ground in the division?

Todd Archer, Dallas Cowboys: You started the question with “nothing flashy,” and that seems so un-Washington in free agency. They made solid moves, but I would contend they might have overpaid for Culliver. In the past, the Redskins have loaded up their money for name players and have received little to no payoff. There wasn’t a coordinator more in Tony Romo’s head than Jim Haslett. He had Romo guessing a lot and the Cowboys had difficult times coming up with answers for the Redskins’ pressure. The Redskins will continue to be a 3-4 team, but I’m not sure it will be as varied as what Haslett brought. That should help the Cowboys. I like what the Redskins did defensively, but I’d still take the Cowboys' offense in the matchup.

Dan Graziano, New York Giants: Four of the Giants’ 13 wins over the past two seasons have been against Washington. So from my standpoint, they have by far the furthest to go. I’m in the group that thinks they should have taken Leonard Williams at No. 5 instead of Brandon Scherff, but there’s no doubt they needed to get bigger and meaner on both lines, and they have. I don’t know that I can say they’ve done enough to catch up with Dallas and Philly from an on-paper, quality-of-the-roster standpoint. Remember, when they won it in 2012, the rest of the division was down and they only went 10-6. Dallas is much stronger now, and while I like Washington’s offseason, it’s hard for me to believe they’ve made up eight games on the Cowboys. The Eagles’ reliance on injury-prone players brings some significant bust potential, and the Giants have some as well because of their holes on defense. So if things go well in Washington and poorly in New York and Philly, maybe they can get up to second or third?

Phil Sheridan, Philadelphia Eagles: They do seem to have a sound plan. Right now, it seems to me that the division is very much in flux. The Eagles, of course, had a personality transplant during this crazy offseason. They will either be significantly better, significantly worse or just look different while again going 10-6. The Giants’ offense seems to be very dangerous. The Cowboys figure to be the best team in the division going into the season. Washington isn’t that far removed from 2012, when it won the division and Robert Griffin III appeared to be the best young player in the league. The offseason moves seem solid. Are they enough to get that team back to where it was three years ago? Hard to say, but it certainly can’t be ruled out.