The voice of uproarious social media sports fans is deafening when it comes to the teams they adore. Hindsight is 20/20 and Washington "Redtails
," I mean, Washington Redskins
fans, including Cornell student Conor Goetz
, each have an opinion on the direction of the franchise. Being a Redskins fan means serious business, and often, social media prowess. After all, just look at this Facebook profile image developed by uber-fan, Homelesszombie
So Conor and I decided to have some fun, and demonstrate abundance of sports fan social media content, by narrating the recent history of his team, in that very form.
After going 3 and 13, Washington fired coach Mike Shanahan, just now replacing him with Jay Gruden. A move many analysts like
and social media
is all a stir about.
A year after winning the NFC East, the Washington Redskins had problems on and off the field. Fans were pissed, and rivals gloated.
On the field
they still have their franchise quarterback. Unfortunately he came with a steep price. Washington's #2 pick overall in the 2014 draft belongs to the St. Louis Rams because of the draft day trade that acquired Robert Griffin III
, known as “RG3”. We now know, a search for a new coach always provides hope for a fan base, and this is what I’m talking about.
A hundred and eighty thousand...for one guy, people.
Ultimately, Shanahan didn't get the control he wanted. It is speculation but many believed he didn't want RG3 to start the 2013 season, opting to start backup Kirk Cousins while RG3 continued to recover from a torn ACL. Perhaps a reaction for playing him through injury in 2012 which led to the injury. Whatever the case may be the situation was dysfunctional and the team didn't look harmonious at the beginning of the season.
How bad? Things turned out this bad.
It's easy to use hindsight but it is clear that RG3 needed to rehab more. Goetz says, "He was unable to drive his legs through the throw, often causing the ball to sail. It's underrated just how much a quarterback, even a pure pocket passer, needs their legs. Plus running is a big part of RG3's game. He is a former track star and the threat of him running extends plays, forces a linebacker to spy him rather than drop back in coverage. Defenses knew he couldn't run and forced him to throw."
Every athlete responds differently from a torn ACL or any injury. Goetz adds, "Adrian Peterson may have ruined it for every athlete. Coming back months early to start the 2012 season, few thought he would be productive. Then he goes out and comes yards away from setting the single-season rushing record. Crazy! Some of that is will and some of that is new technology like anti-gravity treadmills Kobe Bryant and other athletes have reportedly recovered better by using. Becoming more common, they include a skirt inflated with air that wraps around the runner. The skirt attaches to a runner's shorts. It allows a runner to rehab without the full pressure of their body weight which causes pain and pressure while running."
As a side note, an Instagram of one of Kobe Bryant’s treds generated over 16,000 comments on it. Paired with 193,000 likes.
A hundred and ninety-three thousand. But I digress.
Hindsight regarding RG3 aside, Washington still has a roster only a year removed from winning a division. The assumption is that Griffin will be completely healthy for the 2014 season.
Off the field, Washington has another concern. For years, people have wondered if the nickname "Redskins" was offensive but with little fan fare. In 2013, it became a bigger story. A growing number of users refuse to use the nickname and call them the Washington franchise. Others, attached to the franchise cite history and don't want to see their beloved nickname go.
Conor Goetz, a lifelong fan, believes that the name “Redskins” is offensive and should be changed. “On this subject, it is the opinion of American Indian tribes that counts. If American Indians find the team name offensive, then it is.” The issue has become a social media darling.
He is not alone but he is in the minority. Surprising to some, a national poll stated that 71 percent of respondents oppose a name change.
Washington has concerns this year, just like any other team in the NFL. Football is more scrutinized than ever and yields year-round discussion. Owner Daniel Snyder has key decisions to make both on and off the field. Washington has some of the most loyal fans in professional sports. It has been a while since this premiere franchise was in the Super Bowl but fans, like Conor Goetz, will continue to cheer for them.