It is not news to anyone what Washington’s management has been less than ideal the last few years. While newly hired coach Josh “Gridiron” Tracksuit was able to convince Trent Williams to play, this season was not without its oft-occurring drama.
They came out of the gate hot, losing only one of their first four games, with all three wins being against their NFC East division members. Their only loss was by two points to the playoff bound Bears. Their defense starred in the first quarter of the season, even holding force-fed future MVP Saquon Barkley to under 100 yards.
Things changed after that game. They were caught cheating against the Patriots, ironic. The fought hard in that game but fell in the last minute on a Tom Brady pass to James White. Three suspensions were levied on the team for their infractions during the game. Sweat and Kerrigan each received a game for being out of position, and Jordan Reed was suspended for no broadcast being made to the public.
Morale quickly took a hit, losing their defensive studs hurt on defense, and losing Jordan Reed to something other than a concussion caused confusion for the offense. Yet they buckled down and did not lose the game, but they didn’t win either, tying with then 1-3 Dolphins at 35 all. It would be the second most points they gave up all season.
Even after getting their stud edge defenders back, and a healthy Jordan Reed to boot, things just were not the same. They went 2-8 in their 10 remaining games, only beating the 3-13 Lions and 4-12 Panthers to finish the season with a final record of 5-10-1.
Bound for a top 10 pick, they look to address some needs in the draft and try to regain the early season form they started 2019 with. But in a division with two playoff teams, competition will be tough, and the road is not easy for this historic franchise.