There’s many, many NFL experts and analysts who have spent their Holiday season eating crow about how they believed the 2012 season would turn out for the Washington Redskins.
Though we at the Redskins Blog are in the process of recovering some of those same experts’ predictions from weeks and months ago, it’s also worth bringing up those who have admitted when they were wrong.
NFL.com Around The League editor Gregg Rosenthal did just that yesterday.
Back on Nov. 6, Rosenthal — who has written a series of “Stick a fork in them” articles throughout the season when he feels a team has no shot to make the playoffs — believed the Redskins’ loss to the Carolina Panthers, making them 3-6 at the time, was enough to consider them out of the playoff hunt.
The Redskins were the sixth team Rosenthal stuck a fork in, effectively making them the 26th-best team in the league.
“Second place in the NFC East may not sound like much, but it would be a start. The Redskins can pull that off,” Rosenthal wrote at the time.
Since that game, however, the Redskins (10-6) have won seven straight games, including their 28-18 victory over the Dallas Cowboys 28-18 last Sunday that earned them their first NFC East championship since 1999.
The turnaround was something not many — other than those at Redskins Park — saw coming. That included Rosenthal, who apologized yesterday to Redskins fans for prematurely giving up on their team.
“The Redskins got the fork at 3-6. At the time, I wrote that the team would have to run to table to make the playoffs. That was right. I wrote the defense couldn’t get it together enough to win seven straight. That was wrong. When Mike Shanahan gave us the “evaluating for next season” quote, it felt like he gave me no choice. Whoops.
The Redskins were the first team since the 1996 Jacksonville Jaguars to make the playoffs after a 3-6 start. The lesson: Never count out Robert Griffin III.”
Rosenthal deserves credit for stepping up and admitting he made a mistake. Perhaps others will follow in his footsteps.
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