For the first time in 13 seasons, the Washington Redskins are heading into draft weekend as the defending champions of the formidable NFC East.
Still sounds kinda weird.
Not all that long ago, fans of the burgundy and gold were watching disastrous trick plays devised by a head coach who referred to the team as "maroon and black."
We were watching Detroit celebrate its first victory in more than a year against our team.
Michael Vick combined for six touchdowns in a 59-28 drubbing.
I could go on, but I believe we all get the point clearly. It was ugly for football fans in D.C.
Enter three names: Robert Griffin III, Alfred Morris and Pierre Garcon. Suddenly, you have a team with a revolutionary new offense, the top rushing attack in the league and a NFC East crown.
Yes, this is entirely comprised of "what ifs," but my point is that this team got really good, really fast. The New York Giants, the Dallas Cowboys, and even Chip Kelly's Philadelphia Eagles, will all enter 2013 with their sights set directly at Washington
Despite a difficult schedule, there are no reasons to think the Redskins cannot defend their NFC East title. There are a few reasons to think they will.
Here they are: