Redskins top storylines to watch in the month of February
By Ian Cummings
No. 1 – In the wake of the Super Bowl, the Redskins work to get their own
The Kansas City Chiefs won a hard-fought Super Bowl title last night, coming back from a ten-point fourth quarter deficit to beat Kyle Shanahan’s San Francisco 49ers by a score of 31-20. It was a well-deserved win for Andy Reid, who gets his first championship ring after his 21st season as a head coach.
Reid’s delayed success is a reminder that a coach can change his legacy with the snap of a finger. Before his Super Bowl run, Reid was the stable constant who could get into the playoffs, but never quite go the distance. Now, he’s tossed that vague assertion aside, with a hand sporting a shiny new accessory. With that same hard work that turned his Panthers around, Ron Rivera could do similar damage to his own legacy, which lists him as a coach who got far, but not far enough.
In the wake of another Super Bowl coming and going, the Redskins will now work to get their own. It might not be in 2020, or 2021, but Ron Rivera has experience getting there, and he has a young roster to mold into a contender, so long as his ways aren’t outdated. There is some skepticism around Rivera, including from yours truly, but Reid won his Super Bowl at his second long-term destination. Perhaps Rivera could follow suit.
Whatever the case, a good lesson for the NFL is this: Legacies are never set in stone until the sculptor drops his chisel. Rivera is the sculptor of his legacy, and for now, he has another chance in Washington, to fill in that empty space that he failed to fill in Carolina. There’s a small void, somewhere in the middle, just big enough for the words: “Super Bowl champion”.
Rivera isn’t a winner. But after watching this last one, one has to be certain that he’s more motivated than ever to get back to the big game, and this time, come out on top.