The Washington Redskins are coming off one of their best seasons in recent memory with rookie sensation Robert Griffin III leading to the team into the NFL playoffs for the first time since 1999.
Griffin was able to guide the team to seven straight wins to finish the season resulting in an NFC East division title at the expense of the rival Dallas Cowboys.
Unfortunately, the Redskins lost to the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC Wild Card round and lost Griffin after the rookie suffered a torn ACL. Although Griffin’s return to the field is up in the air moving forward, the team remains confident that he’ll bounce back and return to form next season.
Before the Redskins began their seven-game winning streak to finish the season, Washington suffered another major blow in the injury department with tight end Fred Davis going down for the year with an Achilles injury. Despite Davis’ injury, the Redskins seem to be leaning towards placing a franchise tag on the USC product, but will wait until later in the spring to make a decision according to Mike Jones of The Washington Post:
The only player that seems like the logical option that Washington would consider franchising would be tight end Fred Davis. But as of Tuesday, there was no indication of Washington’s intentions to tag Davis a second consecutive offseason.
Davis ruptured his left Achilles’ tendon and was lost for the final nine games of the season. He is ahead of schedule in his recovery, one source said, but Redskins General Manager Bruce Allen indicated last week that the team wouldn’t make a decision on Davis until later in the spring.
Along with Griffin becoming a force to be reckoned with for the Redskins, the team also struck gold in the 2012 NFL Draft with rookie running back Alfred Morris. Washington seems built to improve on an annual basis with the current roster intact.
With a core of Griffin and Morris, the Redskins could be a very dangerous team in the NFC in the years to come. Griffin and Davis’ injury problems may become a recurring problem, but the future of the franchise appears to be bright as long as the new face of the franchise can stay healthy.