During the 2012 NFL season, the Washington Redskins were revitalized and became relative once again, as they improved from a 5-11 record in 2011 to 10-7 along with an impressive 5-1 mark in the competitive NFC East Division.
Instead of Redskins fans gushing about their team’s potential in the upcoming season, the hot topic that surrounds the nation’s capital is whether or not star quarterback Robert Griffin III is truly “OK” to play in the season opener. Make no question about it, the Redskins with RG3 is a playoff team for sure. But if RG3 gets injured or isn’t fully healthy, I am not sure how dangerous this team can be with either Kirk Cousins or Rex Grossman behind center.
In a quick turn-around, the Redskins went from making a $100 million mistake in Albert Haynesworth to a team that hired coach Mike Shanahan and drafted RG3, which drastically changed the Redskins from unwatchable to dynamic in a short period of time.
Last season, the Redskins not only improved by winning five more games, but they made their presence felt in a division where most analysts would categorize it as one of the most competitive and hard divisions in the NFL.
Say what you want about the failed “Dream Team” Philadelphia Eagles, the underachievers in the Dallas Cowboys, or the two-face New York Giants where you just don’t know which team will show up to play. The point is, the NFC East, despite their inconsistencies during both the regular and postseason, is a very athletic division that knows how to put up points and play with vengeance defensively.
Even with RG3 at quarterback, the Redskins are facing a tough schedule, as they are playing against some of the best teams in the league such as the Denver Broncos, Atlanta Falcons and the San Francisco 49ers to name a few.
If the Redskins can have a healthy RG3 who is 100 percent, I expect them to finish the regular season 10-6 again, as they will be playing three of the top teams in the NFL along with being in a tough division. Although the Redskins won’t be improving record wise, they will be a better team, as they become even more familiar with Shanahan’s system.