Low point: Robiskie’s debut, a 32-13 drubbing by the archrival Cowboys in Dallas.
The outcome: The fiery Robiskie was supposed to be more of a motivator than Turner, but it sure didn’t show. With a postseason berth still a possibility, the Redskins got drilled by the Cowboys and Steelers in Robiskie’s first two games. The Redskins missed the playoffs, and Robiskie didn’t return to the club the next season.
Coach: Marty Schottenheimer
Key question: Can the Redskins become champs by replacing nice-guy Norv with a proven winner with a drill-sergeant routine?
High point: A 13-3 upset of the eventual NFC East champion Eagles in Philadelphia, the Redskins’ fifth straight victory after an 0-5 start.
Low point: A 45-13 rout in the home opener by the Chiefs, Schottenheimer’s former team.
The outcome: Veterans such as Bruce Smith and Darrell Green rebelled against Schottenheimer’s old-school style, and the Redskins lost their first five games. They recovered to finish 8-8, but that wasn’t good enough for Snyder. The owner felt shunted aside and decided that he, not his coach, would be the Redskins’ voice. After just one year in command, Schottenheimer was sent packing.
Coach: Steve Spurrier
Key question: Can an offensive wiz from the college ranks work the same magic in the NFL?