Jan 3, 2007, 4:09 AM EDT
This just in—the Redskins defense stunk in 2006. In almost any way you look at it the performance of the unit was among the worst in the NFL. They were #27 in rushing yards, #23 in passing yards and #31 in total yards. Washington had only 19 sacks; the second-worst team in this regard, the Tampa Bay Bucs, got 25 sacks, or about 30% more than the Redskins. The six interceptions they made is a historically low total.
What made the performance of the defense shocking is that the unit has been the team’s consistent strength ever since Gregg Williams arrived along with Joe Gibbs in 2004. But through a combination of a scheme that the other teams have figured out, some key injuries, and some misguided personnel decisions the unit has deteriorated into the team’s Achilles heel.
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