Washington Redskins: The Surprise Team of the 2010 Season?

September 6, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

A new head coach. A new quarterback. A disgruntled defensive lineman with a $100 million contract. A 4-12 season in 2009. It sounds like the makings for a complete disaster.
But in the NFL, seemingly desperate scenarios like this one of the Washington Redskins often turn from gloomy to golden very quickly. 
Just look at the Atlanta Falcons and the Miami Dolphins. In 2007, the Falcons, unexpectedly losing Michael Vick, put up a disgraceful 4-12 season, in which Bobby Petrino, who most likely came to coach Vick, ditched the team after just 13 games.
With the hiring of a new coach, Mike Smith, and a new QB, Matt Ryan, the Falcons improved to 11-5, making the playoffs. 
The Dolphins also turned heads. In 2007, under new coach Cam Cameron, the Dolphins put up a horrid 1-15 season, which included three different starting QB's throughout the year.
In the offseason, Cameron was fired, and the Dolphins hired Tony Sparano, who, along with Chad Pennington, led t...

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