The 20 and 5 Club
Robert Griffin III is one of five quarterbacks in NFL history to throw for at least 20 touchdowns and five or fewer interceptions in a season. In doing so, RGIII joined an elite group including Tom Brady (2010), Steve DeBerg (1990), Steve Bartkowski (1983), and Milt Plum (1960); yet he became the first rookie to ever accomplish such a feat. Though, Griffin distinguished himself from the group as he posted more rushing yards (815) in 2012 than any of them posted in their entire career.
The Shanahan Effect
In 2012, Alfred Morris rushed for 1,613 yards, which was the third most by a rookie in NFL history, and set the Redskins' single-season franchise record. Unfortunately he does not get all of the credit as he is the seventh different 1,000-yard rusher under Head Coach Mike Shanahan, which is the most for any head coach in NFL history. In 2012, Morris joined a laundry list that includes Terrell Davis, Tatum Bell, Reuben Droughns, Clinton Portis, Mike Anderson, and Olandis Gary- none of which were first round picks. The Redskins led the NFL in rushing with 2,709 yards in 2012- the first time since 1933 when they were the Boston Redskins (2,258 yards).
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The winningest coach in franchise history, Joe Gibbs led the Redskins to eight playoff appearances and victories in Super Bowls XVII, XXII, and XXVI. Most surprising about his Super Bowl victories, is that he did it with three different starting quarterbacks- the only coach to ever do so. In Super Bowl XVII the Redskins were led by Joe Theismann, Doug Williams in XXII, and Mark Rypien in XXXVI. Two of his three starting quarterbacks were named Super Bowl MVP (Williams and Rypien), but none of them have been enshrined in the Hall of Fame.
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Rookie of the Year
En route to the Redskins' first playoff berth since 2007, Robert Griffin III set the rookie record with a 102.4 passer rating. While he only threw for 3,200 yards (22nd in NFL), Griffin established himself as the most efficient rookie quarterback to date by setting the rookie record with only 1.27% of his pass attempts being intercepted. He coupled that with the second best completion percentage by a rookie (65.6%), second to only Ben Roethlisberger who completed 66.4% of his passes in 2004. Griffin didn't just impress with his arm, he also set the rookie quarterback record with 815 rush yards.
Enshrined in the Hall of Fame in 2008, Darrell Green spent more seasons with the Redskins than any other player. In fact, his 20 seasons in Washington are tied with Jackie Slater, who spent his 20 seasons with the Rams, for the most by a non-kicker with a single club. A seven-time Pro Bowl selection, Green also set the longest streak with 19-straight seasons with an interception.
Sammy Baugh's Records
The Redskins have a history of efficient quarterbacks. Before RGIII set the rookie passer rating record, Sammy Baugh led the league in passer rating six times- tied with Steve Young for the most seasons. His five seasons with the lowest interceptions percentage stands as the most by any quarterback. Baugh also led the league in completions five times, the second most behind Dan Marino; and in completion percentage seven times, the second most behind Len Dawson. On Halloween in 1948, Baugh posted the highest average gain (18.58 yards per attempt) in a victory over the Boston Yanks. Perhaps most peculiar of all, Sammy Baugh holds the single season punting average record (51.40) in 1940.
The Fun Bunch
During the 1980s, the Redskins had arguably the most memorable group of receivers in NFL history, "The Fun Bunch." In that 10-year span they had a 1,000-yard receiver 10 times. The Redskins haven't had a 1,000-yard receiver since 2010 and have only produced five in the past 10 years. "The Fun Bunch" included Art Monk, Alvin Garrett, Virgil Seay, Don Warren, Charlie Brown, and Rick Walker. This special group led the Redskins to a Super Bowl victory in 1983, and set the record for most points in a season (541). Since then, five other teams have topped their point total, but no group has had as many five-man high-fives in the endzone as the "The Fun Bunch."
November 27, 1966
The Redskins-Giants rivalry has spanned 82 seasons and 132 games. In a Week 12 matchup in 1966, the Redskins destroyed the Giants 72-41, putting up the most points ever in a single game- a record that still stands 47 years later. Their combined 113 points is also the most in NFL history. Last year the Giants and Redskins scored a total of 73 combined points in their two head-to-head games, one more point than the Redskins scored in the 1966 shootout.
Daniel Snyder is infamous for overspending on stars who underachieve when they come to Washington. Few will forget when the Redskins signed Defensive Tackle Albert Haynesworth to a seven-year, $100 million contract in 2009 with $41 million guaranteed. Haynesworth only started 6 games over two seasons before being traded to the Patriots. Haynesworth is one of many missteps by Snyder: Donovan McNabb- five years, $78 million; Deion Sanders- seven years, $56 million; Jeremiah Trotter- seven years, $36 million; Mark Brunell- seven years $43 million; Antwaan Randle El- seven years $31 million. While Daniel Snyder shelled out millions from 2000-2010, the Redskins only brought home one playoff victory during that span.
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The 1982 Redskins Training Camp at Dickinson College, marked the beginning of one the greatest offensive line groups in NFL history, "The Hogs." The original group included Hall of Famer Russ Grim and Mark May at guard, Joe Jacoby and George Starke at tackle, center Jeff Bostic, and Don Warren and Rick Walker at tight end. The Hogs paved the way for the greatest postseason rushing performance of all-time. In 1982, John Riggins set the postseason record with 610 rushing yards en route to the franchise's first Super Bowl victory and was named MVP, when the Redskins defeated the Dolphins 27-17. After George Stark retired, the Hogs added a new member in Raleigh McKenzie. The new group cleared the trenches in Super Bowl XXII when Timmy Smith set the Super Bowl record with 204 rush yards, and the Redskins destroyed the Broncos 42-10.
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