by Neil Dalal, special to Breaking Burgundy
If I told you that the Washington Redskins would win the NFC East division in September, I think all DMV natives would be ecstatic -- and question my sanity.
Head coach Jay Gruden moved on from the 2012 Offensive Rookie of the Year, Robert Griffin III, in favor of former fourth-round pick Kirk Cousins. After just one week of football, it seemed like it was back to the same old blues. The Redskins let the FedEx Field faithful down by giving up a typical special teams touchdown, which ended up being the dagger in a loss against the Miami Dolphins.
Thankfully all of that is in the past and the future is brighter than ever. At least that's the hope after a playoff appearance for the first time since 2012.
President Bruce Allen attributed the turnaround over a few short months to “great hunger" during an interview on ESPN980 radio. The culture that general manager Scot McCloughan helped implement has already taken shape.
Allen believes Washington’s secret ingredient this season started with all contributor’s, “coaching staff and locker room”, desire to get better every single day.
2015 was a “step in the right direction”, but the Redskins are still a ways away from returning the glory days of begin great and elite. "[The Redskins had a] good season. If [we] win the first round [of the playoffs] very good season, after that it is a great season," Allen said. "One of the teams playing in the Super Bowl is going to have a super season.”
Even the likes of strong safety Duke Ihenacho, who is not a lock to be playing in DC next season, is encouraging all of his teammates to continue striving to be better in the offseason.
Many fans were happy with a playoff birth last season, but that will no longer cut it in the new era of Washington Redskins football.
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