Going into the 2011-2012 NFL campaign, the Washington Redskins future looked dull. There were questions at almost every position prior to this offseason and many skeptics (including myself) expected the worst. Admittedly, I previously claimed that I should reserve an Andrew Luck rookie jersey for next year.
After three stellar performances in the preseason, do I think this team is going to make a run at the NFC East title? No, but an overall improvement of last season should be at least the minimum. By looking at this simplistically, what has impressed me the most thus far is the effort I am seeing on the football field. All the way from the clear-cut starters, to players trying to make a name for themselves.
Please note that it is unrealistic to predict an outcome of a season after preseason play, (just ask the Colts poor preseason record), but I can’t help but notice the exertion shown from every player. The defense has a tenacity that it lacked last year, receivers are blocking downfield and running backs are fighting for that extra inch.
Redskins players and officials no longer have to answer any questions regarding Albert Haynesworth or Donovan McNabb. They don’t have a former bingo operator calling plays on offense and Jason Taylor hasn’t been brought in to be the team’s premier pass rusher.
While I would be astonished if the Skins were to make a playoff run this season, my opinion of their record has changed and now foresee a higher win total in comparison to last year, as well as complete all 16 games without outlandish off the field distractions fully emasculating the team’s common goal.
I have put together five imperative keys to the Washington Redskins success this season, barring one exception: the quarterback. The John Beck and Rex Grossman position battle will most likely be played throughout the season and their situation is obvious.
The keys listed below can easily determine the outcome of the season and if performed effectively, we may be in for a surprise.