(1982 photo by Gary Cameron / The Washington Post)


Joe Theismann’s preseason Redskins predictions are more performance art than serious sporting forecast. This is not terribly different from my annual party trick of wandering into a crowd of fans at Redskins training camp and asking how they think the team will do in the upcoming campaign. Many people have trouble deciding between 11-5 and 12-4.

I don’t have a full history, but in the summer of 2011, Theismann said the Redskins were “the most underrated football team in the National Football League,” and that “I think this team can be a double-digit win football team.” The Redskins went 5-11.

In 2012, Theismann said “I think it’s very conceivable” that the Redskins would finish 10-6. I scoffed, but he turned out to be correct.

In 2013, Theismann said “I think this Redskins football team, in all honesty, can contend for a title.” The Redskins finished 3-13.

I hate to ruin the surprise, but in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019, Theismann will predict that the Redskins finish 10-6. Unless the NFL expands to 18 games, in which case I’d expect 11-7.

Oh, and as for 2014? Yeah, that’s right, 10-6.