The languishing feels longer. The last two Decembers have been anchored in misery for the Washington Redskins, but the malaise feels more extended than that. A sort of melancholy time warp.
There was nothing football-related to celebrate when the last two Redskins seasons closed. Last season, the Redskins were 4-11 before Christmas. New head coach Jay Gruden's ability was being questioned. What quarterback Robert Griffin III had turned into was being wondered about. At least that season brought the could-be-worse spirit along with the end of the year. The bruising of 2013 was more severe.