Thank goodness February is a short month for the Washington Redskins' front office staff, coaches, players and fans because it has been filled nearly everyday with news—from RG3's recovery from surgery, ongoing debate over the Redskins name, salary cap issues, free agency deadlines, arrivals and departures.
Hardly a day went by without either an emerging story making headlines, an old story that wouldn't go away or a new twist and turn that is supposed to be an offseason month.
Whoever says the NFL is not a year-round sport needs only look at just 10 of the Redskins' top stories from February 2013. This is just a sample of some of the news making headlines this past month.
And the winner is...Robert Griffin III.
February 2—On the eve of Super Bowl XLVII, the NFL announced RG3 the winner of the Offensive Rookie of the Year. Just weeks after knee surgery, RG3 rises to his feet, walks unassisted and climbs stairs to accept the award.
February 7—A daylong symposium held in Washington, DC at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian re-ignites the controversy over the team name and stereotype associated with the term "redskins."
February 8—Phillip Daniels announces he is leaving the team to pursue coaching after one season with the Redskins as Director of Player Development.
February 14—The Redskins sign former New England Patriots nose tackle Ron Brace.
February 15—Redskins General Manager Bruce Allen tells reporters critical of the field condition at FedEx Field during the last home games of the 2012 regular season and NFC Wild Card game loss to the Seattle Seahawks, "Field Turf is not an option for 2013."
February 19—The new Adidas TV commercial featuring RG3 with the tagline "All In For Week 1" debuts. Griffin is compelled to issue a Twitter message stating, "Although my goal is to start Week 1, that doesn't mean I will compromise my career to do so."
February 23—The Redskins announce they are promoting 29-year-old offensive assistant Mike McDaniel to wide receiver's coach, replacing Ike Hilliard who left during the offseason to join the Buffalo Bills at the same position. Redskins team doctor Dr. James Andrews announces RG3 is "way ahead of schedule."
February 26—Various media outlets (including The Washington Post) report the Redskins are adding recently-fired San Diego Chargers general manager AJ Smith as an "advisor/consultant" with the team's personnel department. No official word from the team.
February 26—Tight end Fred Davis is "cleared to play" by his physician Dr. Robert Anderson just four months after tearing his Achilles tendon.
Before the "What about..." comments surface, these are just some of the events of the month for the Redskins. They still have unresolved salary cap issues with the NFL and stories have emerged on whether they will delay free agency.
Of course, the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine just wrapped up and speculation as to whom the team favors in the draft has also been a hot-button issue.
Needless to say, February was a busy offseason month for the franchise on a variety of levels. The good news out of all of this is the season is getting closer, the anticipation of free agency is just weeks away, then the draft, minicamp, preseason and the chants, "Hail To The Redskins" will start all over again.
Let's continue to enjoy the ride all the way through the 2013 NFL season.