The offseason is a strange time for NFL fans. Every team gets a facelift; some cosmetic surgery, if you will. Fans knew what their team looked like back in January, but the question becomes, "what do they look like now?" Some diehards chug a glass of heavily-spiked Kool-Aid, fully expecting their team to emerge from surgery looking like Sofia Vergara. Others down a glass of Alka Seltzer, worried the patient might come out looking more like Michael Jackson (circa...anytime after 1994). Most of us are sipping something smooth, hoping that when the bandages come off in the fall, our team will look pretty enough just to get dressed up and go to the big dance. The truth is we won't know until September, when the team shows its face and steps out onto the big red carpet in Landover.
In the meantime, I'm planning a weekly series to celebrate the storied history of the Washington Redskins. My goal is to research and write about some of the games, moments, players, and coaches that have shaped this organization over the years. My hope is that this sparks conversation among those who lived through these moments as fans, that it imparts knowledge and perspective about our team, and generally enriches the fan base here at Hogs Haven.
The first entry, planned for Friday, will cover the return of Joe Jackson Gibbs as Head Coach of the Redskins in 2004.