Okay. First off, I don't want to be THAT guy...but, I just want to make sure that everyone understands what we're dealing with here...
Yep! The Redskins ONCE AGAIN looked good in their regular season opener. They convincingly overpowered a high powered team and "shocked" the NFL with a 40-32 victory over the Saints. But, haven't we seen the movie before? I believe so!
Four of the past six seasons the Redskins have taken care of business in their regular season opener. The past three seasons (this one included), the Redskins have began the season 1-0. However, everything seems to fall apart in the weeks following.
In 2010, the Redskins began with a thrilling 13-7 win against the Cowboys and followed that with a 30-27 overtime loss to the Texans and then an embarrassing 30-16 loss to the Rams. They went on to finish the season 6-10.
In 2011, the Redskins kicked off the season with a convincing 28-14 dismantling of the New York Giants and were 3-1 entering the bye week. They then followed that up with six straight losses, including the Eagles and Cowboys, and finished the 2011 campaign 5-11.
Do you see where I'm going with this yet? I bet you don't! No seriously! Read on!
It's common for Redskins fans ACROSS THE GLOBE to crazy over an opening season win. ("If you wanna crown their asses...then crown them!!") But, the Redskins aren't who we thought they were....or are they?
Usually, you would expect something along the lines of "don't get your hopes up, DC, the Redskins are just going to let you down". But...
I don't think they will this season.
The Redskins showed a lot of great things that they haven't shown the past two years (this includes the players AND coaches).
On offense, Mike Shanahan and Co. are handling quarterback Robert Griffin III like they should have handled Donovan McNabb: they are tailoring an offense to HIM. They aren't forcing RG3 into running THEIR offense, they're running an offense for HIM. Which is genius...and something I may have stated before...I don't know. ANYWAYS, it's a genius idea.
Another thing about the Redskins new awesome offense is that it helps out the offensive line. With Robert Griffin III's ability to run and the little wrinkles that the Redskins have put in to move him around the field, a lot of pressure is taken off of the line and the Redskins actually have a solid line. They block well and are getting good at running the zone blocking scheme.
Alfred Morris seems to be an immovable object for the Redskins and always finishes going downhill. Aldrick Robinson is going to be the Redskins breakout player of the year and Dejon Gomes and Cedric Griffin are both poised for solid seasons in the Redskins secondary.
So, don't start up the Redskins bandwagon just yet. We've seen the Redskins spoil a hot start in years past. This time, however, I think will be different. The Redskins have many more positive things going for them this time around and are poised for a solid season. Maybe not playoffs...but this team has some good potential.
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