When this season started many of us thought we’d be 6-10 or 7-9 and have ups and downs like the last two seasons. We were either new or young in key positions on offense and we had major holes in our secondary. Us 6-10’s thought if our young players just showed improvement we’d be satisfied moving forward for next year. Some thought 8-8 and if Griffin could just prove he could play in the league the season would be considered a success.
We’ve surpassed mine and most people’s expectations in Robert Griffin’s rookie season. Despite how much yesterday’s loss stings, the season was a success in my eyes. We met and in most cases exceeded everyone’s expectations of being 8-8 and being in the playoff race the last month of the season. We even met the expectations of some who thought we’d definitely be in the playoffs and be 9-7 or 10-6.
Here is my question: Is this season already considered a success in your eyes?
In my eyes — yes it is considered a success. We’ve proven to have one great young QB and a good young back up behind him. We’ve found a third young running back within two years and this one is more of a workhorse and better than last year’s two rookies. Our offensive line has played above and beyond my expectations. The organization discovered play-makers in the passing game we weren’t sure we had like Aldrick Robinson and Logan Paulsen. Santana Moss and Leonard Hankerson have bounced back from their injuries of last year to be key contributors to our passing game. And most importantly, our free agent WRs actually worked out and been our two best options in the passing game. We’ve done all this despite season ending injuries to 3 key offensive players- Brown, Helu and Davis.
On defense we started off with bad news when Chris Neild tore his ACL in camp. Then, Brandon Meriweather injured his knee in preseason and was expected to miss a month of the season. Wait, it only got worse for our secondary- we learned Tanard Jackson would be suspended for the year- many thought he’d be our starting FS. Despite the injuries to our projected starting safeties, we played well vs the Saints. Then in week 2, we lost two of our best front 7 players in Orakpo and Carriker vs the Rams. This sent the defense into a tale spin because they were two of our best pass rushers from our front 7 and the other players we had behind them weren’t quite ready for prime time yet. Then, Meriweather re-injured his knee in the game he was supposed to come back vs the Bucs in a pregame collision with Aldrick Robinson. When Meriweather did come back to play vs the eagles a few weeks later he was amazing and showed us what we’d been missing. He hurt his other knee, it wasn’t thought to be serious, but sadly it was the most serious, a torn acl and out for the year. The last thing to slap us in the face was our nickel corner back Cedric Griffin 4 game suspension for PED use. This hurt an already thin secondary.
Despite these challenges and bad luck this team endured, overcame, and made the playoffs. We climbed out of the cellar of the NFC east division for the first time in four years. We actually went on to win the division for the first time since I was 20 (1999) and I have the t-shirt to prove both accomplishments.
The Redskins lost more on our defense than our offense in terms of starters and contributors, but we had players step up since the bye week and the game plans and play calling improved substantially. The D is a major reason why we went on the 7 game winning streak, playing bend but don’t break, still stuffing the run and getting key turnovers when we need them.
Lastly, we found Cobra Kai. Finally a young field goal kicker who is consistent and seems like he has a bright, bright future with the club.
I can honestly say that without a doubt, this season has been more successful than I ever dreamed it could be.
I’d love to hear what everyone else thinks.
Thanks! The Future is NOW!