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2014 NFL Season Preview- Washington Redskins
2013 season review
The 2012 season was a high moment for the Washington Redskins. The team won their final 7 games to finish 10-6 and quarterback Robert Griffin III was named the NFL rookie of the year. However, Griffin injuries his knee in the team's wild card playoff loss to Seattle and caused concern among fans. The quarterback proved his doubters wrong and was able to start in the season opener. In hindsight, it was probably to for the best.
Both sides of the ball struggled early on. In the first three games the defense gave up an average of 488 yards a game. Things were so bad that head coach Mike Shanahan contemplated quitting after the season. RGIII's game was definitely limited. His lack of mobility caused him to sacked 24 times in a five game stretch. Shanahan then benched the quarterback in the final two games in favor of Kirk Cousins. The Redskins would go on to lose their final eight games to finish 3-13
There were several bright spots in this season however. Wide receiver Pierre Garcon led the NFL in receptions with 113 and rookie tight end Jordan Reed showed promise before his season ended wit a severe concussion. Linebacker Brian Orakpo recorded 10 sacks and cornerback DeAngelo Hall returned three of his five turnovers for touchdowns.
Shanahan was fired at the end of the season and team captain, linebacker London Fletcher, decided to retire after 16 seasons.
2013 Redskins Rankings
Opponent Passing Yards
Opponent Rushing Yards
234.4 yards per game
135.3 yards per game
243.5 yards per game
110.6 yards per game
369.7 yards per game
354.1 yards per game
NFL Rank- 16th
NFL Rank- 5th
NFL Rank- 20th
NFL Rank- 17th
NFL Rank- 9th
NFL Rank- 18th
After the firing of Mike Shanahan, the Redskins were in the market for a new head coach. They turned their search to Jay Gruden.
Gruden had previously been a quarterback for the Arena Football League where he won six Arena Bowl championships. For the past three seasons he was the offensive coordinator for the Cincinnati Bengals. He is also the brother of Super Bowl champion head coach John Gruden.
When free agency began, Dan Snyder did his usual by stocking up high price talent to fill voids. This plan has backfired in previous attempts( Dion Sanders, Adam Archuleta, Albert Haynesworth, etch.) So this will have to be a wait and see thing whether or not this seasons attempt will work.
Notable additions- WR DeSean Jackson, WR Andre Roberts, DE Jason Hatcher, FS Ryan Clark,
Notable departures- LB London Fletcher, CB Josh Wilson
Pierre Garçon Highlights
2014 NFL Draft
Going into the draft, the Redskins had a lot of holes they needed filled before the start of the season. They needed interior linebackers and offensive lineman. Unfortunately for them, they traded their first round pick away to St. Louis so they could trade up and get Robert Griffin III in 2012.
The retirement of London Fletcher left a huge void in that defense not just in production, but in leadership. The team drafted Stanford linebacker Trent Murphy in the second round, but he is built more to be a pass rushing outside linebacker so the team will have to rely on someone on their roster to step up and be the leader of that defense.
The guards and right tackle struggled throughout the season. Therefore, Robert Griffin III was sacked 38 times last season with his limited mobility. The team drafted Virginia tackle Morgan Moses and Nebraska guard Spencer Long in the third round. Moses will play opposite Pro Bowler Trent Williams and both he and Long will improve the lines pass protection.
The Redskins also drafted RGIII's former college teammate, Baylor running back Lache Seastrunk in the sixth round. In his final year at Baylor, Seastrunk averaged over seven yards per carry.
Lache Seastrunk Highlight
What to Expect
The offense will definitely be an improvement from last season. Under Jay Gruden's new offense, it will rely on consistency from running back Alfred Morris with Robert Griffin III making plays through air to Pierre Garçon or to new target DeSean Jackson. With the addition of two rookie offensive lineman, the pass protection will severely reduce the number of sacks allowed.
The pass defense will be improved with the addition of Ryan Clark and Tracy Porter. The jury is still out on the run defense. I will have to wait and see for the linebacker group to prove themselves. The bottom, the NFC east is always changing power and it is always going to be tough to takedown the other teams. I think the team will be a contender, but will be outmatched by some of the other teams.
Best record they can hope for- 9-7