It’s become somewhat of a pattern for teams to have a down year after a breakout year, and it was no different for the Redskins. After RGIII’s breakout 2012 it was all downhill last season, but it all actually started back in the Divisional Playoffs the year before. That controversial game where the star QB Griffin was injured but continued to play, hobbling around, brought up an overarching debate about his health and if coach Mike Shanahan was handling it properly. Griffin wasn’t 100% in 2013 either and it showed; production was down across the board. The ‘Skins stumbled to a 3-5 start but then didn’t win another game. In fact their only NFC win was a shootout against the Bears as they went 0-6 in their division. The Redskins had a below-average defense too, but as the season went on the offense failed them more and more. They scored less than 28 points in all of the last eight games. RB Alfred Morris (1,275 yards, 7 TDs) had another great season, as did DeAngelo Hall (4 INTs) and Brian Orakpo (10 sacks), but Pierre Garcon (113 rec, 1,346 yards) came out of nowhere to join the NFL’s elite wide receivers. 2014 should tell if that was for real or if it was just garbage time on a bad team.
The Redskins didn’t have a first round draft pick thanks to the RGIII trade, but the picks they did make came with some questionable decisions. For a team more talented offensively than defensively, it was odd to see them use six of their eight picks on offensive players. They did take Stanford LB Trent Murphy in the second round to replace the eventual departure of Orakpo though. In free agency they were very active, loading up on veterans from other teams for quick fixes. DT Jason Hatcher was the biggest signing for sure. He immediately brings a physical presence up front the Redskins will love to have. On the offensive side, DeSean Jackson was signed after a huge season in Philly. Jackson and Garcon are a pair of wideouts who can go up against anyone now. CB Tracy Porter comes in with a track record of success and should fix a damaged secondary. Hall is back, but safety Reed Doughty hasn’t resigned as of this writing. LBs Adam Hayward and Akeem Jordan, and DE Clifton Geathers are solid pickups. The Redskins knew they needed fresh blood on defense and they got it. With an explosive offense that could outscore anyone with a healthy RGIII, new coach Jay Gruden should get this team back to .500 at least. Their biggest games at home against Seattle and Tampa Bay, but it’s otherwise a soft home schedule. Gold Coast Tickets wants you to be out there at Fedex Field to root on the maroon and yellow--get your Redskins tickets from us today!