The Washington Redskins usher in 2020 with a fresh perspective, after a largely forgettable 2019 football season.
The 2019 Redskins season was a rough one. This past year brought about new lows in which the team looked lifeless, and the fan-base became apathetic. After a putrid 0-5 start, and the release of then-coach Jay Gruden, even the most dedicated fans were questioning their loyalty. How bad was it? There was a span from November 18th, 2018 to October 6th, 2019 in which the team only won a single game.
And it’s not like the games were exciting. The 2019 squad ended the season with a -169 point differential, the third-worst in franchise history. This includes a streak of 16 quarters in which the team failed to score a touchdown; Or a quarter of the season if you are doing the math.
Quick housekeeping note from this Redskins season: They finished with a -169 point differential, the third-worst in franchise history. Only the 1954 and 1961 Redskins were worse.
— Matthew Paras (@Matthew_Paras) December 30, 2019
All of this brought the team to a tipping point. Should the Redskins maintain the status quo and try to sell this product to the fans? Or were they going to go with a complete reset? Dan Snyder realized he needed to make a change, and elected to go with the latter.
“New Year Resolution”
The 2020 Redskins will enter the decade with a fresh perspective and a very appropriate new year resolution. The team hired former Carolina Panther Coach, Ron Rivera, to spearhead the culture change in Ashburn.
Rivera is widely respected around the league, and once turned a 2-14 Carolina program into an NFC Champion. In 2015, the team went 17-1 on their way to Super Bowl 50 in which they lost 24-10 to the Denver Broncos.
A known Army Brat, Rivera spent most of his life moving and being educated at various military bases. His early life consisted of growing up in Germany, Panama, Washington D.C. and Maryland. The Redskins are hoping that his regimented upbringing will trickle down to the team.
One contingency of bringing upon Rivera was allowing him the autonomy to build the team in his image. And within a few days of his hiring, we are already seeing sweeping change.
— Julie Donaldson (@juliedonaldson_) January 1, 2020
The team has moved on from former team President Bruce Allen, and head of training staff Larry Hess. And as seen above, a majority of the coaching staff has been relieved.
So far, the most notable hire is the addition of Jack Del Rio, who previously held the Head Coaching position for the Oakland Raiders and the Jacksonville Jaguars. Although he didn’t particularly shine as a head coach (93-94 record over 12 seasons), his defenses are known for being stout and aggressive. Del Rio has overseen stalwart defenses that have dominated the NFL.
His most notable stint occurred during his tenure for the Denver Broncos from 2012-2014. While there, the Broncos made the playoffs three times, including back-to-back 13-3 records. And his defenses had a habit of finishing in the top-5 in terms of yards allowed.
Here you go. I’ve been told by some to always look at the track record of a guy. In four years as a DC Del Rio’s D’s finished in the top 5 in either yards or points allowed 3 times. Skins haven’t done that since 2008. https://t.co/hzvZqio7Yk
— John Keim (@john_keim) January 1, 2020
Altogether, the Redskins seemed to have a fresh perspective heading into the New Year. With a new coaching staff, a prospective new front office, and the number two overall pick in April’s Draft, the team has a lot to look forward to.
It is indeed a new day in Washington, as seen here on the Official Redskins Twitter Handle.
— Washington Football Team (@WashingtonNFL) January 1, 2020
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