It goes without saying that there is a renewed optimism in and around the Washington Redskins, and for good reason. They finally look to be back on the right track after a couple of false starts and missteps along the way.
Optimism alone, however, will not be enough for the 'Skins if they want to win the hotly contested NFC East this season.
The New York Giants are defending Super Bowl champions, while the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles are looking to rebound from injury-ridden seasons culminating in identical 8-8 records. For the Redskins to overcome their division rivals, they must rise above and beyond their mere nine wins under Mike Shanahan.
Here is the blueprint the Redskins need to adhere to in order to win their division for the first time since 1999.