For the Washington Redskins, their success in the past always hinged on quarterback play and offensive line consistency. And, as an admitted D.C. Homer, there's been nearly nothing positive in those areas for the past decade. As a result, it's been extremely easy to write the Skins off every year.
The last time Washington won their division was in 1999 (Family Guy's inaugural season). Since then, they have been to the playoffs twice.
Once, in 2005, with a then 35-year-old Mark Brunell, seen merely as stopgap quarterback until a younger QB could be drafted. And once more in 2007, the year of Sean Taylor's death, when a 36-year-old Todd Collins took over for injured starter, Jason Campbell, to lead the emotionally-charged Redskins to four straight regular season wins and a playoff berth. Twice, in almost 12 years-- that's it.
But something the D.C., Maryland and Virginia area (better known as the DMV) knows is optimism. That can be attributed to a few things. The first is the seeming...