(photos by Brian Murphy)
For better or for worse, another year of disappointing football has come and gone in our nation’s capital. And while the 2011 season wasn’t exactly what fans of the Washington Redskins hoped for, it wasn’t all bad.
Head coach Mike Shanahan continues to retool and reshape his roster — dumping overpaid and underwhelming players in hopes of building a younger and hungrier roster.
The Redskins are no longer the oldest team in football. Nor are they the automatic punchline when an aging veteran hopes to collect one last payday before heading off into the sunset. These are obviously positives that a beleaguered fanbase can take pride in.
On a personal level, the 2011 campaign represented the first time in my seven years covering the team that I was able to cover all 16 regular season games.
In fact, the only time the Redskins took the field without me on the sidelines the entire year was when they traveled to Indianapolis for a meaningless exhibition game during the preseason.
Otherwise, I was there for the highest of the highs (also known as Week 1) and the lowest of the lows (a.k.a. – The John Beck Experiment).
Additionally, this was also the year I made a conscientious effort to push myself as a photographer. I figured it was well past time to take the training wheels off and see if I could keep up with the big boys on my own.
Once the season finally ended, I wanted to go back through my photos from 19 weeks of football to see what I was able to come up with.
With that in mind, here are the most compelling photos I was able to capture during the 2011 season. Please take a moment to look through them and let me know which ones, if any, stand out to you.
And finally, I’d like to sincerely thank all of you for your amazing support throughout the years. It really does make all of the long hours and travel worth it.