As the curtains officially close on the 2013 NFL season, hope once again springs eternal for football fans everywhere.
Time for the offseason.
The Washington Redskins are notorious for being brash and bold from March to August and quiet as church mice from September to February. Ask any fan and they'll tell you that the "offseason champs" label is tiresome.
Redskins faithful are numb to excitement over a new free agent or a draft pick with potential—they want results in the fall.
There is so much work that needs to be done before the games are real again in eight months. The head coach is new, the quarterback is healthy and the salary cap penalties are over.
Redskins general manager Bruce Allen is aware of what's at stake. He knows offseason headlines are meaningless and that the work of his staff must be meaningful to get this franchise back on track.
Here's what you need to know in a pivotal offseason for the burgundy and gold.