What difference can a year make? In the NFL standings, sometimes a lot. The Washington Football Team has suffered some bad seasons in recent years -- but it has also been able to climb back up and is hoping to continue its rise in 2021.
Let’s take a look at some of the worst seasons and greatest comeback seasons in Washington history.
What was the worst season in Washington history?
Three teams tie for Washington’s worst record in franchise history at 3-13. After three wins in 1994, the team rebounded to go 6-10 the following year. Meanwhile, the 2013 team was nearly as bad with a 4-12 record in 2014 under new head coach Jay Gruden.
Gruden was later fired in the midst of what became the third 3-13 season in 2019. That offseason, Washington hired Ron Rivera and drafted Chase Young to begin what fans hope will be a significant turnaround.
A strong defense -- and assistance from a miserable NFC East -- lifted WFT to 7-9 and an appearance in the playoffs in 2020. Time will tell if Ryan Fitzpatrick and Washington can build on that record in 2021.
What was Washington’s best one-year turnaround in history?
The Washington Football Team has twice improved its win total by five games, both times going from under .500 to a winning record. The 2011 team raised its record to 10-6 in 2012, led by rookie QB Robert Griffin III, who racked up 3,200 passing yards and 20 touchdowns.
Only a couple of years later, a 4-12 record in 2014 turned to 9-7 in 2015. Kirk Cousins led Washington to first place in the NFC East, though the team lost to the Green Bay Packers in the wild card game.