The Redskins limped to the 2017 finish line, both literally and figuratively.
But with injuries decimating the team's playoff hopes all season long, the Redskins are optimistic about the future.
Following the team's disappointing Week 17 loss to the Giants, the team officially decided to retain Jay Gruden as the team's head coach, reports ESPN's Diana Russini
The news came on the heels of an ugly season finale in East Rutherford, N.J. to a dysfunctional Giants team.
A win would have put the Redskins at 8-8 for the season, which would have made Jay Gruden the first Redskins coach since 1992 to put together three straight seasons with at least a .500 record.
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Gruden is 28-35-1 in four seasons as the Redskins head coach. The Redskins placed 20 players on the injured reserve this season, which makes the 7-9 record all the more impressive. Gruden was one of several NFL coaches reportedly on "the hot seat" as the 2017 season came to an end, but Gruden's status was more speculative than anything else. Those within the organization were readily aware that injuries were the biggest reason for the Redskins' struggles in 2017.
The loss to the Giants was the only one that came at the hands of a team with zero playoff chance. With a healthy roster and a decidedly easier schedule in 2018, things are looking more optimistic than fans like to admit.