The history of the Washington Redskins franchise contains three seasons in which the team won at least 12 games. In each of those seasons, the Redskins advanced at least as far as a conference title game. Twice, they went to a Super Bowl. Once, they won it. Also, this 12-win business hasn’t happened in more than 20 years.
And so winning 12 games would be worthy of celebration, of men hugging random women in the streets, of Congressional overlords kissing D.C. Council members right on their home-rule lapels, of Alex Semin playing bongos on Stephen Strasburg’s elbow while Daniel Snyder is carried down Pennsylvania Avenue on a bed of genuine RFK grass.
But you know what? Redskins right tackle Jammal Brown won’t settle for junk like that.
“Man, my mindset, there’s only one goal in mind and that’s to win a Super Bowl,” Brown told LaVar and Dukes last week. “And that’s what everybody says, and what other teams say, but Coach Shanahan, that’s his job right now, to get us to believe that we CAN win a Super Bowl. So that’s what he preaches about. We’ve all been to playoff games, we’ve all won a bunch of games, but at the end of the day that amounts to nothing. Our goal is to get to the Super Bowl, and not only get there but to win it, and that’s what he preaches to us.
“We’re not gonna settle for a 12-win season, this and that, go to the first, second round of the playoffs and lose. We have one goal, and that’s to win a Super Bowl, and that’s what we’re gonna try to do. And coming from Coach Shanahan, he’s won two Super Bowls and he’s been to Super Bowls, so he understands and he knows what to do, and that’s one of the main reasons I came back.”
I mean, that’s like me saying I wouldn’t settle for a seven-figure contract to post mustache pictures on ESPN.com while drinking the impossibly delicious Labyrinth Black Ale , but whatever. Those are some legit goals. Chad Dukes sort of brought up the fact that some people might doubt the chances of this happening with this roster.
“Grossman is a good player, Beck is a good player,” Brown said, undeterred. “We just have to peak at the right time. This is the NFL, you’re gonna win some and lose some, but you have to get hot at the right time and win the right games and protect your home field. And if you do those things, you’ve got a good chance of making the playoffs in the NFL. And once you get in the playoffs, you just have to be hot. That’s how you go to the Super Bowl, and that’s how you win.”
Sounds good to me. I’m just wondering whether Beck or Grossman will be the MVP. But I guess maybe players are picking up on the fact that they have some doubters. Here’s Will Montgomery, talking to Mike Wise on 106.7 The Fan.
“People are looking past us, and that’s just gonna motivate us,” he said. “We know we’re a good team. You look around at the guys in the locker room and see we have players in here, and we want to go out and perform.”
And here’s Brandon Banks, talking to reporters about his own doubters.
“I’m using it as motivation,” Banks said this week. “I like when they doubt. When you make a difference, there’s always haters.”
Of course, Holden Kushner also asked Montgomery about that quarterback situation.
“ Yeah,” Montgomery said with a laugh. “Well. You want to talk about quarterbacks, you’re gonna have to talk to quarterbacks about that.”