The 2019 Redskins have played one regular season game. They lost that one regular season game. So, it's time to totally judge them based off of that one game and proclaim that the next 15 are going to be a fiery disaster, right?
That's wrong, of course. But, because the NFL is a 16-chapter book, because those chapters are divided by six long days in between and because Washington's first chapter this year looked so much like so many of the disappointing ones that made up last year, it's hard not to get worked up over their outlook.
In fact, this very website posted a video titled, "It's only Week 2 and the Redskins are already in disarray." People are losing their minds — in early September.
Try not to.
This is yet another instance of overreacting to a tough season-opening result. Every team's first contest comes after months of free agency, the draft, training camp and plenty of hope. If things go well, then everything the organization did over the offseason was worth it, and if not, it's tempting to abandon it all.
Let's look back to 2018 for a second.
One week into that schedule, Sam Darnold and the Jets were impossible to stop, the Cowboys were broken and the Burgundy and Gold dominated the Cardinals. Of course, once the sample size grew, everyone learned that Darnold and the Jets were in fact not impossible to stop, the Cowboys were in fact not broken and the Burgundy and Gold were in fact not dominant.
Now, that isn't to say everything you see in Week 1 is a lie and will immediately be reversed in the coming matchups. Sometimes, Week 1 is the start of a trend. In 2018, for example, the Chiefs and Rams started scorching hot, while the Patriots beat the talented Texans. As it turned out, the Chiefs, Rams and Patriots all turned out to be really good.
On top of that, there are a few additional circumstances adding to the emotions and pressure surrounding the Redskins. The team's best player still has yet to show up and Derrius Guice, who was supposed to be one of their other best players, is hurt. On top of that, there's some consternation about how Adrian Peterson is being treated.
But still, it's necessary to remember that, unless you're one of the perennial contenders like New England, New Orleans or Kansas City, moods and expectations often change game-to-game. It's also necessary to remember that, thanks to how the offseason is built and how the preseason is being treated, most of Washington's starters got their first extended action in Philadelphia.
Maybe by the end of December, that Eagles loss will have proven to be a harbinger of another sub-.500 finish. Maybe the defense isn't as strong as it was supposed to be, and maybe Jay Gruden should be let go.
Yet it feels far too premature to accept those things as truth, at least right now. Sunday's loss paired with the other drama and off-field problems make it difficult to stay steady, but there are 15 more chapters left. Let's turn a few more pages before throwing the book away.
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