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10 Reasons Why Washington Redskins Fans Should Be Excited For the 2014 Season

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Washington Redskins Fans Have at Least 10 Reasons to Be Excited For the 2014 Season

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In 2013, the Washington Redskins took a gigantic step back and finished the season 3-13 with an 0-6 division record. Washington is looking to bounce back in 2014. Even though Dan Snyder still owns the team, here are 10 reasons why Washington fans should be excited for the 2014 season.

10. 2012 Season

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10. 2012 Season

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The Redskins are one year removed from going 10-6 and winning the NFC East. They still have their Pro Bowl caliber QB in RG III, which is important in the QB driven NFL. If RG III can play like he did in his rookie season in 2012, the Redskins have a great shot at winning the division and possibly making some noise in the playoffs. New head coach Jay Gruden also has Pro Bowl RB Alfred Morris and wide receivers Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson.

9. One-Year Turnarounds Happen in the NFL

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9. One-Year Turnarounds Happen in the NFL

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In 2007, the Miami Dolphins went 1-15 and then went 11-5 in 2008 to win the division. The Kansas City Chiefs went 2-14 in 2012 and then went 11-5 last season under new head coach Andy Reid. Yes, the Chiefs had a pretty easy schedule, but that is still a significant turnaround. The Eagles went 4-12 in 2012 and under first-year head coach Chip Kelly went 10-6 in 2013 to win the division. Redskins fans should be excited about this.

8. Special Teams Performance Should Be Improved

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8. Special Teams Performance Should Be Improved

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There’s no other way to put it: The Redskins' special teams unit was atrocious in 2013. The Redskins and GM Bruce Allen signed and drafted several players this offseason who should be quality contributors on special teams. Ben Kotwica is now the new special teams coordinator, and he could provide the discipline that group may need. Even if the personnel and Kotwica are not perfect, it would be almost impossible for this year’s unit to be worse.

7. Kyle Shanahan Is Gone

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7. Kyle Shanahan Is Gone

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Kyle, the son of Mike Shanahan, was the offensive coordinator for the Redskins. He was fired, and Sean McVay was hired to replace him. From what has been reported, it appears McVay understands how important it is for him to have a positive relationship with RG III. The Shanahans didn’t seem to truly understand that. McVay has excellent football knowledge and seems to be someone who will be able to work well with the players and staff.

6. Mike Shanahan Is Gone

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6. Mike Shanahan Is Gone

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In 2010 when Shanahan took over as head coach in Washington, most Redskins fans were ecstatic. Then Washington went 6-10 and 5-11 in his first two seasons. They righted the ship in 2012 after drafting RG III and won the NFC East. Then the relationship between Shanahan and RG III dissolved and the Redskins went 3-13 in 2013. Shanahan never really worked in Washington. He was fired this offseason, and Jay Gruden was hired as the new head coach.

5. More Aggression on Defense

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5. More Aggression on Defense

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This offseason the Redskins made some key free agent signings in DT Jason Hatcher and veteran safety Ryan Clark. The Redskins still have Brian Orakpo and DeAngelo Hall on defense too. It’s been reported that Hall believes Mike Shanahan prevented defensive coordinator Jim Haslett from running the defense he wanted. Jay Gruden has worked with Haslett before, and it seems that Haslett will now be able to be more aggressive on defense.

4. Playing in the NFC East

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4. Playing in the NFC East

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This division is pretty wide open going into the 2014 season. It is doubtful that a Wild Card team comes out of the NFC East, but the division is probably weak enough that the Redskins have a really good shot at winning it. Last season they went 0-6 in the division, and there is no way that happens in 2014. Look for the Redskins to go at least 3-3, if not 4-2, in the division and put up a really good fight for the division crown.

3. Schedule

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3. Schedule

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Their 2014 opponents went a combined 125-130-1 in 2013. True, they play Seattle at home in Week 5 and then Arizona on the road in Week 6. They also have the 49ers and Colts in back-to-back road games in Weeks 12 and 13. But they have six games against division opponents in a very winnable division. They play Houston (2-14 in 2013) to start the season and play the Jaguars in Week 2. Games against Tennessee, Minnesota and St. Louis should be wins.

2. Acquisition of DeSean Jackson

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2. Acquisition of DeSean Jackson

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In addition to other changes the Redskins have made this offseason, they acquired WR DeSean Jackson. Whether you like Jackson’s personality is irrelevant for this discussion. Jackson provides speed, is electric and can take the top off of defenses. The Redskins used to have to game plan for him twice a season, and now he’ll be adding a new dimension to their offense.

1. Robert Griffin III

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1. Robert Griffin III

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Washington selected RG III second overall in the 2012 draft, and the Redskins went 10-6 to win the NFC East. RG III then tore ligaments in his knee when the Redskins played the Seattle Seahawks in the Wild Card round. RG III never looked 100 percent right in 2013, but being a year removed from his injury would make him more confident and therefore more productive in 2014.