2011 Washington Redskins: Optimistic Season Predictions

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2011 Washington Redskins: Optimistic Season Predictions
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Andrew Luck sweepstakes here we come.......

Perceived as a team that can't win, the Washington Redskins seem like a team destined towards another losing season. Finishing at .500 would be miraculous and playoffs is simply ridiculous.

Tell that to the 1999 St. Louis Rams, the 2008 Arizona Cardinals, the 2009 Cincinnati Bengals and the 2010 Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Every season there is at least one team that defies the odds and far exceeds expectations.

Unlike past seasons, I can see the 2011 Washington Redskins being that team.

They addressed positions of need throughout free agency and the NFL draft, and enter their second season under Mike Shanahan and Co. There has already been a significant improvement in the fluidity of play throughout the preseason.

Players such as Barry Cofield, Oshiomogho Atogwe and Jabar Gaffney can be the type of players this team has so desperately needed for years....motivated leaders. The culture in Washington has changed.

Complacency and laziness abounded throughout most of the past decade, but Shanahan has brought a "will to win" back to D.C., and it's evident in the desire of possible starter John Beck.

Beck was esteemed coming out of college, however has since been forgotten by the league after falling under the radar. Tim Hightower never got a chance to showcase his full potential in Arizona, and this is his opportunity.

The 2011 Washington Redskins may not be Pro Bowlers, but sometimes a team united and motivated can do more damage than a collection of superstars. 

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