2014 Washington Redskins Season Preview
The Redskins had a rough go of it last season, finishing 3-13 with their star QB sitting out the last three games after being benched for poor performance. Robert Griffin III should be back and closer to his 2012 form than 2013, and he’ll have some more downfield options at his disposal. The Skins picked up DeSean Jackson when he was surprisingly cut by the Eagles, as well as Andre Roberts from Arizona. Mike Shanahan was given the boot and replaced by Jay Gruden, so Washington will have an entirely new offensive system – which is probably a good thing for RG3 who butted heads with the coaching staff last season. The Redskins will open the season in Houston, before a home opener at FedEx Field against the Jaguars in Week 2. The Super Bowl champion Seahawks will travel to DC for a Week 6 clash, and the Skins will take on the Cowboys in Arlington in Week 8. Lots of good matchups for Skins fans to take advantage of in 2014.
2013 Washington Redskins Season Preview
The Redskins have their sights set on making consecutive playoff appearances for the first time since 1991-1992 this season. Though there was concern over quarterback Robert Griffin III’s knee, the second-year signal caller is now expected to be ready for the start of the season. Joining RGIII on offense will be breakout star running back Alfred Morris and receiver Pierre Garcon. Though they didn’t have a first round selection in the NFL Draft, the Redskins were able to bolster their depth in the secondary by adding North Carolina State corner back David Amerson and Fresno State safety Phillip Thomas. Getting stars back from injury and adding a few extra pieces on both sides of the ball could be enough to propel the ‘Skins back to the playoffs.
2011 Washington Redskins Season Preview
The Washington Redskins entered last season with high hopes thanks to a new coach in Mike Shannahan and a new quarterback, Donovan McNabb. Things didn't pan out, however, and they stumbled to a 6-10 record and missed out on the playoffs. Now, McNabb is gone and Shannahan is looking for a way to bounce back. The offense will need to improve over last year's squad, and a lot of that will depend on the production the Redskins get out of the quarterback position. The role will likely go to Rex Grossman, who managed to lead the Bears to a Super Bowl appearance in 2007. Surrounding Grossman is a slew of talented role players including running backs Roy Helu, Ryan Torain and Tim Hightower as well as receivers Donte Stallworth and Santana Moss. Much like the offense, the defense will have to step it up as well. The secondary will not need that much help as it is led by one of the best defensive backs in the league in DeAngelo Hall. However, the linebacking corps will be relying heavily on veteran London Fletcher to lead a young group who will try to smooth over the departure of Albert Haynesworth on the line and forge an identity of its own.
2010 Washington Redskins Season Preview
Fans of the Washington Redskins are eager to return to the team's glory days of the 1980s, but a 4-12 season last year prolonged their recent string of disappointing seasons. Mike Shanahan replaces the fired Jim Zorn as head coach, but it will be hard for the former Broncos leader to navigate a difficult schedule, and the post season may be a long shot. The coaching switch wasn't the only change made during the offseason - the offense got a few new additions as well. Longtime Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb was traded to the Redskins and is expected to be a marked improvement over Jason Campbell, who was dealt to the Oakland Raiders. McNabb has a pair of talented receivers in Santana Moss and Chris Cooley - both should be reliable targets. Washington also needs to improve its running game, which ranked 27th in the league last season. They have a trio of talented running backs including Clinton Portis, Larry Johnson and Willie Parker, but their best days may be behind the aging veterans. After becoming the highest paid defensive player in the league, defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth had trouble staying healthy at training camp and his starting job is in doubt heading into the regular season. Although Haynesworth has been unreliable, the Redskins have a solid linebacking corps with London Fletcher and Brian Orakpo.
2009 Washington Redskins Season Preview
The Washington Redskins have been a continual thrill ride under owner Daniel Synder, and the 2009 season should be no exception. Head Coach Jim Zorn returns to lead a very talented group of players. The big new addition for the Skins is Pro Bowl defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth. Haynesworth was one of the top players in the NFL in 2008 and will immediately make the Redskins defense tougher. Joining him are Washington defenders London Fletcher and Fred Smoot. If the defensive talent gels, they could be scary good in 2009. On offense Jason Campbell is leading the charge along with running back Clinton Portis and wide receiver Santana Moss. Synder has once again spent big on his Washington Redskins, but it looks like 2009 could be the year that he gets a huge return on his investment. If the Skins play up to their potential they could be headed to the Super bowl in Miami.
2008 Washington Redskins Season Preview
The Washington Redskins will be an interesting team to watch this coming season. They have had a disappointing year in 2007, especially on the defensive end of the ball, dropping from 7th in the league to 29th on defense in one year. They do have some important bright spots such as the advent of Jason Campbell as the starting quarterback in Washington. Campbell looks to be a franchise prospect in the coming seasons as he matures and improves. Redskins fans will voice their opinions about the teams failures but will also fill FedEx Field to support the Skins in their quest for a playoff berth in 2008.