In late July and early August of last year, the Washington Redskins’ energy was that of excitement and anticipation of future potential. With the addition of RGIII, things were looking up, but there were still a lot of question marks surrounding other parts of the team. At this time last year, there was a three man contest for the starting running back job. Would the Redskins offensive line be able to protect their new star? Would the old, Redskins defense be able to stay healthy? How would Coach Kyle Shanahan call plays for a quarterback unlike any the NFl had ever seen? Well, all of these questions were answered clearly and positively last season.
As the season progressed, the Redskins faced further adversity when (as predicted by many) Robert Griffin was injured and unable to play. This still remains a question for Washington, but Red and Maroon nation isn’t panicking because Kirk Cousins has answered the bell whenever called upon. The front office took a lot of heat last spring and summer for drafting two quarterbacks in the draft, but it turned out to pay dividends for the Redskins as Cousins won them two crucial games in the Redskins magical seven game run to the playoffs.
Unfortunately, more bad news has come during training camp, as starting defensive end Adam Carriker was ruled to be out for four to five months. Bad went to worse when his back up, Jarvis Jenkins, was suspended for the first four games for taking a banned substance. Despite all of this, the demeanor of the team as a whole is that of calm, confidence, and focus, made evident when wide receiver Pierre Garcon said that this year’s offense had the potential to be the “best ever.” While that might appear to be an overstatement, he might now be too far off. With the reigning rookie of the year at quarterback and dominant rookie running back in Alfred Morris (who compliments Griffin perfectly in the spread offense), the Redskins backfield is set. At wide receiver, Pierre Garcon is dominant when he is healthy, and Santana Moss is still a dangerous weapon. Moss dropped 20 pounds in order to make the team last year and proved his worth with some key catches. At the tight end position, Fred Davis is a quality, sure handed target.
While the Skins face a lot of questions, the confidence and calm the surrounds training camp is refreshing. This team believes that the kind of football they played in the last 7 games of last season is what you can expect in every game of the upcoming year. It better be if they plan to win the division again and make the playoffs, considering that they have 10 games against teams who had .500 records or better last season. Only on thing is for sure with this Redskins team right now: if the attitude they have this summer in Richmond carries over to the season, this Redskins team is dangerous.