Once again, the Washington Redskins are poised to make history. Only one problem: injuries. Last year, nobody knew if Redskins rookie QB Robert Griffin III could play in the NFL. At the end of the season, he finished a proven veteran. Griffin not only led the Redskins to the division championship, making what seems like a rare playoff appearance, but he turned a ragtag team of rookies, second stringers and banged-up veterans into a football powerhouse. Well, what happened?
At the start of the 2013-2014 NFL season, the Redskins will have a remarkable lineup of skilled positions: QB Griffin, RB Alfred Morris, TE Fred Davis, WR Pierre Garcon, OT Trent Williams, LB Brian Orakpo, FS Brandon Meriweather, DE Adam Carriker, LB Ryan Kerrigan and LB London Fletcher. Add a few decent veterans like WR Donte Stallworth, WR Santana Moss, CB DeAngelo Hall, WR Joshua Morgan and T Jeremy Trueblood, and the Redskins should be predicted to be a powerhouse.
But, for the most part, these names were rarely mentioned in the 2012-2013 NFL season. Morris, a rookie who became a top-10 RB, Fletcher and Kerrigan seemed to be the only consistently healthy players, with most of the attention falling on Griffin. When Meriweather played — one game — the defense was almost transformed to the Shawn Taylor age. Trueblood played well for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Hall was Hall, the epitome of mediocrity. The rest of the Redskins faded in and out of injury, constantly changing Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan’s game plan and not allowing Griffin to fall into rhythm. Griffin, forced to scramble down after down, was eventually injured himself, leading to a painful loss in the first round of the playoffs.
This year, the Redskins have the offensive and defensive weapons needed for victory. That is, if they can stay healthy. Will we hear “Hail to the Redskins” played once again with pride? Will Redskins once again drop like flies? Only time will tell. Over 20 games, including preseason, add at least 50 practices, and the odds are against the Washington Redskins.