The Washington Redskins will take on the Miami Dolphins this Sunday at 1pm Eastern at Fed Ex field in Landover, Maryland. There’s still several days left until kickoff, the season officially starts tonight as the Steelers travel to Foxborough to take on the Patriots. After a relatively quiet offseason in the media, the Redskins returned to both local and national headlines in the last few weeks. One being that there’s a new quarterback that’s been tabbed as the 2015 starter, but that’s not what this is about.
This team has been in a state of transition for quite a while now, they haven’t been able to restore a winning culture. This regime is trying to make that happen, finally. The team voted on players to be named captains for this season, the three players chosen embody what the organization is trying to do. Change the culture by working hard, having good character, and having a winning mentality.
It’s no surprise that Trent Williams was selected as one of the captains, the left tackle is one of the best at his positions in the entire league. He’s obviously respected in that locker room and outside of it as well. While a left tackle or offensive lineman being named a captain isn’t surprising, most teams typically have their quarterbacks on that list as well. Not reading into anything more than it is, but it is fair to question why the signal caller wasn’t named to this list. Williams is a hard working talent that has gotten better each and every year, he was just rewarded with a new contract for his performance on the field. He’s a great choice to represent that side of the ball.
It’s not everyday that you see a punter named as a captain, but Tres Way certainly deserves it. He performs on the field, very well at that as he lead the league in punting last year. With a struggling offensive unit, he was quite busy. As the team around him gets better, it’ll only make Way more dangerous. A good defense with a great punter is always a good complement to an offense that doesn’t exactly set the world on fire. That combination of defense and punting will keep Washington in games in which their offenses lacks a certain punch.
A newcomer was named as the last captain, former 49ers safety Dashon Goldson was a leader for that team which doesn’t come as a surprise. He was brought in not only for his on field skills, but his ability to communicate and help change the culture. A former Pro-Bowler on a star studded defense, he’s been in big games and brings a sense of calm to the backend of the Redskins defense. The fact that he was voted a captain in his first year is a great sign, McCloughan’s decisions to bring in familiar faces from his former stops seem to be working out thus far. Now, for the actual football that counts to be played.