2013 Record: 3-9
What was that about the foolish Redskins reaching too far in the Draft again? The Redskins traded away three first-round pick to the Rams for the second overall pick after falling in love with Robert Griffin III, a highly criticized move that left many a Redskins fan scratching their head. But RGIII backed up the hype, throwing for 3,200 yards, 20 touchdowns, and just five interceptions while rushing for more than 800 yards. And he didn’t even have elite talent to work with at wide receiver. The Redskins’ top four wide receivers were Pierre Garcon, Josh Morgan, Santana Moss, and Leonard Hankerson. Plus, after controversially letting go tight end Chris Cooley, his replacement Fred Davis was knocked out for the year in his seventh game. But rookie running back Alfred Morris was overlooked in the draft but ended up with more than 1,600 rushing yards and the Redskins were exciting to watch in a way they hadn’t been for a long time. While they didn’t add many notable additions in the offseason, they did resign Davis and have a core young enough to maintain. The Skins suffered an embarrassing playoff loss at home against the Seahawks while RGIII limped around injured in the backfield, but they’ll be back in the playoffs soon.
Washington won the NFC East with the NFL’s worst pass defense. You won’t see that again anytime soon. But in reality the Redskins have more talent in the secondary than they let on last year. Strong safety Brandon Meriweather doesn’t seem to have much left in the tank but cornerback DeAngelo Hall is a reliable veteran. Their linebacker core is strong with Ryan Kerrigan (8.5 sacks), London Fletcher (139 tackles), Perry Riley (129 tackles), and Brian Orakpo. At age 38, Fletcher’s days in the NFL are numbered. And that’s exactly why the continued development of 24-year-old Kerrigan is huge for the long-term success of the Redskins defense. Many of the bad defensive statistics were skewed by their rough 3-6 start before reeling off six straight wins to get into the playoffs. The defense was able to keep the team in games if nothing else after that. Overall, the Redskins should have a similar season to 2012. The offense will need to keep up with the defense, but a healthy RGIII is a must-watch. Get your tickets today from Gold Coast Tickets!