Doug Williams was with the Washington Redskins for four seasons [1986-89] and played with three of the most dangerous wide receivers in NFL history in Art Monk, Gary Clark and Ricky Sanders – better known to Redskins' fans as "The Posse."
In looking at what Williams, Monk, Clark and Sanders did in their time in Washington (including a resounding win in Super Bowl XXII), the comparison between them and the current crop of Redskins' wide receivers had to be brought up eventually.
Who else better to settle the debate than Williams himself? He believes the weapons the Redskins have now far exceed what he had to work with.
"Oh it's no doubt about it I'm not biased at all, I'm a real realistic individual," Williams told ESPN 980. "You're talking about instant offense in Jamison Crowder. You're talking about one of the toughest guys in Rob Kelley. You're talking about Jamison Crowder, who came in and had a heck of a year, and [Josh] Doctson who's coming here and can do some things. I didn't even mention Jordan Reed and then you got Vernon Davis who is double jeopardy at tight end. Ain't no doubt about it, those tight ends alone make the outside guys that much more dangerous."
You can have an infinite supply of offensive talent in the NFL, but if you don't have a capable quarterback that can spread the football out to them, then your chances for success are slim to none.
Fortunately for the Redskins, they have a more than capable quarterback in Trent Williams, who looked extremely confident and on point in OTAs and minicamp.
Taking all the first-team reps this offseason, and knowing he's the starting quarterback for the Redskins, has helped kick things in gear for Cousins, as he's looking to take his team beyond an NFC East championship and playoff berth. He wants his team to hoist the Lombardi Trophy following Super Bowl LI.
Williams knows what it takes to be the top dog at the end of an NFL season. Does he believe that Cousins knows what it takes also?
"I think when you talk about a Super Bowl winning quarterback, you have to talk about the people around you, too," Williams said. "I certainly think we have [the] pieces to the puzzle, especially on offense, [and Cousins] could have a great year offensively. But at the same time we got to be able to do some things on the defensive side of the ball to give him more [of an] opportunity."
"I always said this, the year that the Seattle Seahawks won the Super Bowl [XLVIII] with [quarterback] Russell Wilson, who's one heck of a quarterback for what he does, they gave him more opportunities," Williams said. "They always say defense wins championships and offense scores points, so I think if we give [Cousins] chances, more than most, I certainly think he's capable of doing what a lot of guys have done."