If the 2011 football season were an election, the Washington Redskins would win the NFC East by a landslide. Rookie wide receiver Leonard Hankerson joined Rex Grossman, Kevin Barnes, Jammal Brown and coach Mike Shanahan on Wednesday when he, too, expressed confidence in the Redskins' 2011 season. Hankerson also declared his belief that the Redskins would win their division this season, saying this on "The LaVar Arrington Show with Chad Dukes" on 106.7 The Fan.
Hankerson, a third round pick out of the University of Miami, when asked if he agreed with his teammates' confident predictions, had this to say:
"Of course i do. I wouldn't say anything less. You got to have that mindset. If you don't, you won't get it done. You got to believe you can do it and put your mind to it if you're going to get it done"
That came after Shanahan told Sporting News that the Redskins would do more than just rebuild this year.
...Which came after Barnes said this about how the 'Skins would exceed expectations this year, via Dan Steinberg.
"Coach Shanahan has addressed it, in regards to nobody believes that we're gonna be anything. He says nobody is giving us a chance to be anything. We already know that. It's no secret. We're all going out here and using it as motivation."
And that came after Brown said this to 106.7, via Steinbrg again:
"We're not gonna settle for a 12-win season, this and that, go to the first, second round of the playoffs and lose. We have one goal, and that's to win a Super Bowl, and that's what we're gonna try to do."
He must have been pretty ticked pretty ticked then at Grossman, because all Sexy Rexy said was that the 'Skins would win the division:
"Nobody's talking about us. That's right where we want to be. You look at us from top to bottom out here, there's a bunch of great players. And we don't need people saying we're the best right now, but when it's all said and done, I really feel like this team's gonna win the East."
If nothing else, it appears the Redskins lead the league in confidence.