For years, the Redskins organization has been struggling to rebuild the winning culture that they once had. Plagued by injuries and substandard coaching, Washington has still not been able to construct the future of their franchise. Many analysts still rank the Redskins organization near the bottom of the league, and with reason.
However, recent actions taken by the front office provide reason to believe that Washington is on the right track for the future.
Following a disappointing stint with Jay Gruden, the acquisition of Ron Rivera at head coach was a monumental move for the Redskins. With Rivera’s winning and military backgrounds, he’s poised to establish himself as the leader of the franchise. Because of his disciplinary and fundamental ways, the young future of the Redskins will be able to grow and develop together in a winning environment.
Rivera was also very hands-on in the draft process and should help target certain players in free agency. So far this offseason, the Redskins have moved on from older, big name players such as Josh Norman to try and build a younger core. Meanwhile, the development of younger stars like Chase Young and the defensive line will lead the defense, and Dwayne Haskins as quarterback will evolve into the face of the offense.
The young receiving core is also a bright spot with Terry McLaurin, Steven Sims, Kelvin Harmon, and the new addition of Antonio Gandy-Golden, all looking to get snaps as wideouts. On the other hand, the veteran presence of Adrian Peterson and Ryan Kerrigan will also prove to be valuable.
All in all, there is a lot to be optimistic about in the Redskins’ future. With Ron Rivera and the front office building a solid young core to go along with veteran leaders, Washington could soon be a thriving playoff squad.
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