John Riggins Superbowl Run
Many of us that are in our 30’s, 40’s and beyond spent a decade experiencing Washington Redskins football dominance.
I remember growing up and watching the Redskins win the Super Bowl when I was nine years old, then again at 13 then again at age 17. To say it was our golden age would be a massive understatement. Between 1982 and 1991 the Redskins appeared in the playoffs seven times. That’s seven playoff appearances in nine years and three Super Bowl victories.
It’s been a while, but DC get ready for the return of the glory days.
Here are four reasons why the Redskins will win the Super Bowl in 2013:
1. Let’s start off with the elephant in the room: quarterback. We know that without a doubt the Redskins will upgrade at this position, possibly with Peyton Manning or with a trade up to draft RG3. Even with a mediocre Rex Grossman, the team was nearly playoff-bound until the Beck experiment concurrent with key injuries decimated the Redskins competitive abilities. Even with a slight upgrade in quarterback coupled with the solid defense they have, the Redskins are headed to the playoffs next year.
2. In a recent article on Bleacher Report, Vincent Frank discussed some of the best defensive lines in the history of the NFL. The interesting correlation is that the majority of these teams played in and won Super Bowls. We just witnessed a dominant defensive line win the Super Bowl for the NY Giants; without that line the Giants wouldn't even have been in the playoffs. Now let’s look at the Redskins defensive line as it stands today: Orakpo, Kerrigan, Carriker and don’t forget top draft pick who was injured all last season Jarvis Jenkins. In the 2012 draft, the Redskins will continue to add depth to the D-line which will give the Redskins one of the strongest D-lines in the entire league.
3. Mike Shanahan is a brilliant coach. He is rebuilding the Redskins the way Gibbs used to do it—through the draft. Shanahan is a winning coach who commands respect and has an intelligent football mind. He understands the strategy behind the sport and is assembling a dominant prideful team (the right way with first and second round picks). His list of accomplishments far exceeds that of nearly every other active coach in the league. The records Shanahan holds includes most wins over a three-year period in history. He is also one of the elite 12 coaches to post 100 wins in his first 10 seasons. He is expected to be a first round Hall of Fame inductee when he is eligible.
4. Daniel Snyder, yes I said it. Personally I love Daniel Snyder and am grateful he is our owner. What more can an owner do aside from hiring the best leadership (which he did with Shanahan) and open his wallet and pay for talent? Daniel Snyder has consistently spent inordinate amounts of money in an attempt to make the Redskins a better team. According to Jason Canfora from NFL.com, between 2004 and 2008 the Redskins were the third highest spending team in the NFL, spending only $19 million less than the top spending Cowboys during this time period. What more needs to be said? Money talks, right?
All the stars are aligning again in DC. The glory is on the verge of returning to the real America’s Team (DC was the nation's capital last time I checked?).
Over the past 20 years, we’ve gone through so much disappointment that at this point it seems beyond comprehension that we will win a Super Bowl in the near future. However, I will make another bold prediction like did in 2012 when I predicted the Giants to win the Super Bowl.
The 2013 Super Bowl Champions will be the Washington Redskins. Proud Redskins fans, the wait is over. Our time has arrived. A new era of Washington Redskins dominance is upon us.
What better way to conclude than quoting renowned band leader and author of Hail to the Redskins Barnee Breeskin when he so eloquently summed it all up by saying:
Hail to the Redskins!
Braves on the Warpath!
Fight for old DC.!