With the 2021 NFL Draft over and the schedule officially being released, it’s time for my third annual 32 part series where the top three questions will be posed for each NFL team. Here are those three questions for the Washington Football Team.
Be sure to check out all of Heller’s Three Burning Questions.
Mr. Fitz Comes to Washington?
Veteran quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, whose tour around the NFL rivals this series, has yet another new home. 2021 will be his 17th season in the league with his ninth different team. Arguably the most likable guy in the league, Fitz-Magic fills the void of one of two of the feel-good stories in the nation’s capital.
Alex Smith returned from a devastating leg injury that not only jeopardized his football career but at one point almost threatened his life. Smith was subsequently the unanimous choice for Comeback Player of the Year. Fitzpatrick will have former Carolina Panthers receiver Curtis Samuel, who signed in free agency, along with the talented, young group led by ‘Scary’ Terry McLaurin. Fitzpatrick is a competitor and his will to win is through the roof. That should fare well for this team. Regardless of how the season pans out, it’s guaranteed that the highlight shows will feature plays by the bearded 38-year-old on a weekly basis.
What to Expect for an Encore?
The second feel-good story from last season revolves around head coach Ron Rivera. During his first season in Washington, Rivera went through cancer treatments for a majority of the year between games and practices. By the season’s end, it was announced that Riverboat Ron was cancer-free without missing a single game. It’s scary to think that a team and personnel that battled through all the adversity they did still grinded out the NFC East title. What they could do without adversity? In addition to winning their division, they almost stole a win on Wild Card Weekend against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Year Two for Young and the Defense?
The second overall pick a season ago, Chase Young, lived up to the hype surrounding him coming out of Ohio State. The Washington defense was the season’s saving grace, with Young as a highly impactful part. Offensive coordinators concentrated an extra man to keep Young from getting into the backfield. That, in turn, led to others getting there. His 7.5 sacks and four forced fumbles (along with three fumble recoveries) paved the way for him to win the Defensive Rookie of the Year. He should see continued success in 2021.
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