WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — The Washington Redskins round to a 23-6 victory in their preseason-opener against Tom Brady-less New England Patriots, leaving fans plenty to cheer about.
Robert Griffin III completed half of a whopping four passes thrown before exciting the game, and rookie running back Lache Seastrunk cut up the field for 63 yards on 12 carries, likely cementing his role as a preseason fan favorite.
Aside from player evaluation and the peace of mind in knowing the rookie head coach Jay Gruden can successfully implement his schemes during live action, everyone knows, there’s not too much optimism to be drawn from a virtually meaningless preseason game.
After all, the Redskins rolled through their 2013 preseason schedule undefeated, only to go 3-13 when it actually counted in the regular season.
“Unfortunately, it doesn’t count,” Redskins coach Gruden said after the game (emphasis mine). “But I was impressed with the way they came out, offensively and defensively. We got a couple stops right away. We had some pressure on the quarterback, which is exciting. Special teams did a good job other than the couple penalties. Overall, all three phases [performed well] – something to build off of. That’s all we’re looking for.”
That didn’t stop Redskins fans from enjoying themselves, and basking in the victory along the way.
Some even did ‘the wave.’
(@dckerwin) August 08, 2014
Others took the victory, however haphazardly, as a sign of what’s to come for the upcoming regular season.
Take this clip of Shomari Stone interviewing fans after the game for NBC Washington, for example.
“Excited! I’m so excited for the new season. I’m excited,” said one jersey-d female fan, with a larger group of screaming, shouting, jumping jersey’d fans amassed around her.
“Why are you excited?” Stone asked, smartly.
“Because the new offense,” she replied. “Jay Gruden is gonna be awesome! And I just can’t wait! Preseason, full season, playoffs, Super Bowl!”
(I couldn’t get the video to embed properly. You can find it around the 48-second mark here.)
Son of Washington (@SonofWashington) August 08, 2014
Don’t ever change, Redskins fans.