As seen in the past couple of years, some teams have been able to turn around their programs in the blink of an eye, some a few years. Teams have gone from weak forces to dominant powerhouses with a few scheme changes, and who’s to say that the ‘Skins can’t make that happen in Washington? Who’s to say the Redskins won’t be contenders in 2012, even though they had the 6th worst record in the league last season? Some don’t realize, but everything is possible. Here are a few dramatic turn-arounds the NFL has witnessed in the past 13 seasons:
1999 Colts: This is an obvious one, but something similar could happen this year in DC. The previous season the Colts had gone 3-13, and rookie Peyton Manning couldn’t get any help. With a few personnel changes, the Colts have become one of the most dominant teams in the NFL, immediately getting a 13-3 record the following season. Since that change in Indy, 2001 and 2011 are the only two seasons they failed to enter the play-offs
2006 Saints: In 2005, New Orleans was hit with disaster in the form of Hurricane Katrina (Something I lived through in MS). The Saints played their home games at LSU, and they were just absolutely awful at 3-13. The following season, the Saints brought in rookie head-coach Sean Payton, un-proven Drew Brees, and a monster RB Reggie Bush. They proved to be deadly, going 10-6 before falling in the NFC championship game to the Chicago Bears. That story just goes to show how easily a few position changes, can do to a team, as the Saints brought home the Lombardi Trophy in 2009
2011 49ers: This one is the most recent, and quite frankly I believe it’s the biggest turn-around in the History of the NFL. Although they didn’t have the worst record last year at 6-10, they defiantly made huge strides to the future, and showed tons of talent and potential in the process. Veteran Alex Smith was finally a hero, former Redskin Carlos Rogers was having a break-out season, and Vernon Davis proved to be the coke-machine on legs he is made out to be. But how did all this happen? A change of coaching and play-calling. Jim Harbaugh came in and changed the entire play book, and it worked. Maybe we’re just one play-caller away from a Superbowl, who knows?
The bottom line is change is evident in Washington, and hopefully it will be for the good. A few players and new coaches can go a long way, just as these teams have proved in previous seasons. Now, let’s sit back and see what are Redskins can do
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