Manny Benton often tweets random thoughts regarding the Washington Redskins at random times of the day that typically bring interesting dialog. Now from Monday through Thursday at around 9 a.m., you can find those Twitter-sized thoughts in "Morning Manny." Complete with explanations!
A 2-2 start is ideal for the Redskins:
When the NFL schedule was released this summer, on paper, a 2-2 start was a good projection for the Washington Redskins. I don't think many expected Washington to beat the Pittsburgh Steelers Week One. They were a Super Bowl caliber team, albeit, not even fully loaded. I also believe many people expected the Redskins to split games with their divisional opponents Weeks Two and Three, while having a favorable Week Four match-up against the Cleveland Browns. At best you were looking at a 3-1 start. However, being 2-2 is not bad at all.
Although Washington's 0-2 start wasn't expected, the team bounced back in two straight games they absolutely needed to win. "I like the way we rebounded from being 0-2," Head Coach Jay Gruden said after their first home victory Sunday. "Didn’t like being 0-2, but it’s good to get our first home win."
Gruden believes there are a lot of positives that can be drawn from Washington's first month of football. But he understands that they could easily be 0-4 and there's plenty that needs to be cleaned-up. "That’s probably going to be the case with every NFL coach out there now," he said. "So, it’s our job to keep them coached up and keep working, and it’s their job to want to come in and get better. That’s all we can do.”
The Washington Redskins' schedule doesn't get any easier. Therefore, entering the second quarter of their season with a losing record would have been catastrophic and difficult to overcome. Next week Washington will face a 3-1 Baltimore Ravens team that's coming off a close home loss. They're certain to have a bitter taste in their mouths. Baltimore believes in protecting their home turf and two consecutive home losses for them would not be ideal. Not to mention, the following week Washington will face the red-hot Philadelphia Eagles that are the current NFC East leaders. If the Redskins can split those two games with a win, they'll be in quality shape.
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