The English tend to define an era as a ‘long and distinct period of history’, but then again they have a long history. Americans have a shorter history, expect quick results, and tend to think of eras in decade terms or less.
The young Heisman Trophy winner seemed destined for greatness in early 2012, and Mike Shanahan mortgaged the farm in a desperate bid to create a new era of success for the Washington Redskins faithful. However the skyrocket beginning in 2012 fizzled out like a bottle rocket, taking coach Mike Shanahan down with it and now sadly the injury ridden RG III era is finally coming to an end.
In the offseason, we have time to reflect on the past and predict the probable future. It’s time us fans gave Redskins President Bruce Allen “some love” and appreciate what all he has done for our Washington Redskins and realize how fortunate we are to have him for our president.
Although our Washington Redskins regular and playoff season is over, there will be a lot going on between now and the 2016 football season. The East West Bowl game was last Saturday and the Senior Bowl is January 30th, and you’ll probably see some future Washington Redskins playing in these games. NFL coaches coach both the North and South teams and virtually all NFL teams have scouts and coaches scouting the practices and the game. These games give clues to who the teams should pick in the April 28-30 NFL Draft.
Nobody likes to end the season with a loss, but the Skins faithful have plenty to be thankful for. For one thing, we have a great franchise quarterback – but the best part about it is ending the season with Cousins still healthy.
The team is a strong cohesive unit without all the ‘drama queen’ issues that so many other teams went through this year. The coaching staff is not only competent, but works well with each other while retaining the respect of all the players.
It was the calm before the storm; our Redskins were 2-4 and heading into Game Seven with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, when Coach Jay Gruden called a “Code Red”.
The media had been posting mostly negative articles about our team and ridiculed Gruden’s “Code Red” remark. Little did they know that this team was about to overcome their new team problems as they regained previously injured starters. Together, players and coaches, through rigorous long hours of hard work and film study progressed because they held themselves accountable. Players learned from their mistakes, missed assignments, blown tackles and blocks, penalties, all became valuable learning experiences. Kirk Cousins became obsessed with film study and got better. Veteran leaders behind the scenes became mentors, stressing the pride that comes with winning and letting the younger players know that they didn’t intend to play for a losing team.