All things big four D.C. sports (Redskins, Nationals, Wizards, Capitals)
Author: Robby Fletcher
I'm a Multimedia Journalism major at Virginia Tech where I'll be graduating in the Spring of 2020. I'm the head sports editor at The Collegiate Times, Tech's school newspaper, where I cover football, basketball and soccer predominantly. I hope to make a career out of my writing, and one day cover a beat in the D.C. area.
It’s been a rough season all around for the Washington Redskins. The team’s dealt with front office ineptitude, a star player that refused to ever play in a Redskins uniform ever again and, of course, just plain bad on-field performances.
It’s arguable this was the worst season in franchise history, yet this offseason doesn’t feel quite so hopeless.
With 2019 coming to a close, it’s time to reflect on what made this a truly mediocre decade of Washington Redskins football.
Sure, there were good times in the last 10 years, the two division titles stand out the most, but the majority of Redskins fans would agree that the bad times outweigh any positive moments enormously.
And that’s why we are here today, to reflect on the moments both on and off the field that were truly a part of this organization’s unique brand of dysfunction. While I tried to keep it down to just 10 moments, I’m sure there are plenty that I also missed which just goes to show exactly how bad this organization has been this decade.
So, let’s kick off this list in style, and look towards the next decade as a means for hope, and a chance for better days.
With Washington sitting at 1–8 heading into its Week 10 bye week, head coach Bill Callahan gave rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins a shot under center for his first career start in Week 9 after Case Keenum went down with a concussion against the Vikings.
In a season most would agree to be almost completely miserable, it was a rare occurrence for there to be any semblance of excitement heading into a game this late in the season. Haskins has that effect on the fanbase. The Ohio State-product hasn’t exactly had the most exciting rookie campaign, but who would when you’ve thrown four interceptions in just 22 career passing attempts before your first NFL start.
With the Redskins traveling to Minnesota for a primetime matchup on Thursday night with the Vikings, it feels only right to look back at the bizarre roller coaster ride that was the Kirk Cousins-era in Washington.
There weren’t many expectations for Michal Kempny’s first game back to Washington’s lineup for its game against the Rangers on Friday night. After six months of rehabbing, it was assumed he’d be eased back into play and placed with Radko Gudas on the third-pairing for the defense. After spending the summer rehabbing and the last few weeks getting back into shape, it would have been understandable for him to show a little rust in his first game back. Continue reading “Kempny’s return from injury gives Capitals defense a much-needed boost”→
The Capitals may be five games into the 2019-20 season, but the expiring contracts of goaltender Braden Holtby and center Nicklas Backstrom have loomed large over the team since the offseason, and for good reason. The two have been part of the Capitals’ core that includes John Carlson and Alex Ovechkin since the Caps drafted Holtby and Carlson in the 2008 NHL Draft. Continue reading “Backstrom and Holtby’s contract situation hangs over Capitals’ season”→