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What would documentaries about these memorable Redskins seasons be called?

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"The Last Dance" is a perfect title for a perfect sports documentary.

Now, while the Redskins haven't had a season worth chronicling for quite some time, what if someone made a doc about some of their most recent and notable years? What would they be called?

Here are some potential titles for those hypothetical deep dives.

"Damn Bad" — 2019

On a day when Bruce Allen had to announce the firing of Jay Gruden, he told the media that the Redskins' culture was "actually damn good."

Never mind the fact that he was, uh, firing his head coach after an 0-5 start, or that the team was on its way to finishing with a 3-13 record, which would push the overall record under Allen to 62-97-1. There he was, sitting in a rowboat with no oars, insisting he was captaining a top-of-the-line yacht.

2019 was a complete debacle and a review of it could be called so many things, but "Damn Bad" feels like the one. Ironically, it likely also describes what the ratings for it would be, considering it was a truly miserable few months that should be forgotten and not relived.

"Broken" — 2018

It's often difficult to define the turning point of a team's season in the NFL, considering so much happens every week. For the 2018 Redskins, however, Alex Smith's injury is the obvious part where everything changed.

Weirdly enough, he wasn't the only QB to suffer a broken leg for the Burgundy and Gold, and overall, "Broken" can be applied to all the injuries that ravaged the roster. Yet it goes beyond that, too.

 

2018 was the last time a Gruden squad held things together. He was never able to really elevate the Redskins during his tenure, but since 2015, they were at least always around .500. But 2018 also ultimately broke him, as he failed to make it to mid-October of the following year.

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"Code Red" — 2015

Gruden's lone playoff appearance in Washington almost never happened. The coach identified his 2-4 team's matchup with the Bucs as a "code red" situation — and then they promptly fell behind 24-0.

That's when Kirk Cousins and the offense woke up, and eventually, they sparked the largest comeback in franchise history. From there, the Redskins went 6-3 down the stretch to reach the postseason, with Cousins coming into his own as a passer.

Now, is there any real reason for a documentary to be made about this 9-7 group? Not really. But just in case anyone wants to take on this project, "Code Red" needs to be its name.

"Electrifying" — 2012 

So much about Robert Griffin III's rookie season was miraculous, but the single best highlight from a campaign littered with them was his 76-yard scramble down the sideline against the Vikings.

And while that play deserves whatever sentences, paragraphs or pages you used or want to use to describe it, Larry Michael's succinct description on the radio when it was happening summed it up perfectly. It was electrifying.

That word also applies to what Griffin's presence did to the organization and its starving fanbase as a whole.

Of course, the injury in the playoffs would be focused on just as much as all that came before it, but in the end, "Electrifying" fits better than anything else does.

"Marooned" — 2008

More people need to be aware of Jim Zorn's stint as Redskins coach, which began with him calling the team's colors "maroon and black" in his introductory presser. The memes stemming from this thing would be outrageous.

The Redskins' 6-2 start in 2008 — which came after goofy training camp drills and "hip hip hooray" chants — was unpredictable. Their 2-6 collapse, meanwhile, wasn't.

There's got to be a ton of untold stories about that guy, and "Marooned" would help expose them. An 8-8 record is about as bland as it gets in football, but this doc would be anything but.

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