What a year for Kirk Cousins! After finishing the previous season deep on the Redskins bench, he didn’t know what to expect coming into 2015. But Coach Jay Gruden saw enough in preseason to make a bold call: Cousins was named the starting quarterback for the season and given a long leash. He proceeded to start every game, leading a team that had been universally picked for last place to a 9 and 7 record, a division championship, and a home playoff game.

Cousins was named the 2015 NFC East Player of the Year, and following the season was also awarded the NFL’s Most Improved Player. During the season, Cousins set Redskins records for most consecutive games throwing a touchdown pass and for most 300-yard passing games in a season, and went on to lead the team to their all-time biggest come-from-behind victory. On October 25, 2015, after spotting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers a 24-point lead, Cousins threw three second half touchdowns, including the go-ahead score with only 24 seconds left in the game. As Cousins ran off the field after the victory, he hollered to a group of previously skeptical journalists, “You like that? You like that!” The moment was caught on camera, and the phrase became a euphemism for a team that exceeded expectations, quieted critics, and gave a city starved for a winner a reason for gridiron hope.

Truly, the 2015 season was a year of turning the tables for Cousins and the Washington Redskins.