The Washington Re- Football Team; a year to remember


A few images of the key items of the 2020 season of the Washington Football Team

By: Colin Thompson, reporter

If you follow the newly christened Washington Football Team, you know they weren’t easy to follow. However, things might be looking up now that change has finally come.

Nobody expected this year to go how it did, but it did and we have to accept it. 2020 began full of hope when long time GM, Bruce Allen, was finally shown the door. They immediately hired a new HC and short term GM, Ron Rivera, who immediately began assessing the situation. During the 2020 offseason, Ron Rivera made many changes to the team. They let go of long time stalwarts such as Jordan Reed, Chris Thompson, and Trent Williams. He added new pieces such as Kyle Allen, Peyton Barber, and others. But the real prize during that offseason was Chase Young, the best prospect in the draft who they got with the 2nd overall pick.

The team used to be called the Washington Redskins. Since the 1930s this was a controversial name. The George Floyd protests this past summer put owner Dan Snyder was under pressure. He finally announced the new name in July, calling us the Washington Football Team. Now instead of a racial slur, they are the butt of a lot of jokes around the league.

Due to Covid-19, no one really knew if the season would even be able to start. While not pretty, every team was able to complete the full 17-week schedule like in past years. Everyone expected the Football Team to finish last in their division, being that they were a relatively young team with a lot of new pieces and a new coach. A stunning upset of the Philadelphia Eagles shattered those thoughts. In that game, the defense really rose to the occasion with 8 sacks.

Over the course of the season, the defense really solidified itself as a solid core, with Young, in particular, emerging as a Pro Bowler. It wasn’t all great though, They only went 7-9 and the 1st round QB who they drafted last year turned into a bust. Now that they have a foundation, the sky is the limit for this team.