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Need to Know: The 5 best seasons by a Redskin 25 or younger

Jun 14, 2014, 5:08 AM EDT

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Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, June 14, three days before the start of Redskins minicamp.

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We haven’t wandered off into team history much lately. Here are the five best single seasons by Redskins who were aged 25 or under (according to the Pro Football Reference Approximate Value metric).

RB Larry Brown, 1972 (Age 25, AV of 20)—All Brown did was put the team on his back and carry it all the way to the Super Bowl. He gained 1,216 yards despite missing two of the 14 games scheduled that season. Brown, whose tough running style made him a big fan favorite, won a slew of honors including NFL MVP.

Brown, 1970 (Age 23, AV of 19)—This was the year before George Allen arrived in Washington and although Brown had a successful season the team around him wasn’t up to snuff. He led the NFL in rushing (he is the last Redskins to accomplish that feat) with 1,125 yards. That earned him first-team All-Pro honors.

QB Robert Griffin III, 2012 (Age 22, AV of 18)—You lived through this season so I don’t have to tell you much about it. To me, the most outstanding accomplishment was Griffin throwing just five interceptions in 393 pass attempts.

OL Russ Grimm, 1983 (Age 24, AV of 17)—This was the first of Grimm’s three straight first-team All-Pro selections, a run that really propelled his eventual induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The Redskins were first in the league in rushing yards and Grimm led the way on many of John Riggins’ then-record 24 rushing TDs.

OL Joe Jacoby, 1983 (Age 24, AV of 17)—It makes sense that Jacoby would earn an identical AV as Grimm this season since the played right next to each other and Jacoby also earned All-Pro honors.

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Timeline

—It’s been 167 days since the Redskins played a game; it will be 85 days until they play the Texans in their 2014 season opener.

Days until: Minicamp starts 3; Training camp 40; Preseason opener vs. Patriots 54

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  1. gonavybeatarmy - Jun 14, 2014 at 12:52 PM

    Hi Rich-

    I’ve followed your great work for several years. You’re the best.

    I realize this list is based on metrics complied by Pro Football Reference. But any list of the top seasons by Redskins under the age of 25 in which Sammy Baugh is not at the very top of that list by a wide margin is suspect.

    Under 25 in his rookie season Sammy Baugh did the following:

    -Played QB, DB and P at a very high level.
    -Led the league in completions
    -Led the Redskins to a league championship.
    -In the championship game, Baugh threw 3 TD passes in the second half of 55, 78 and 33 yards, respectively.
    -Baugh’s 355 passing yards during the championship game remained a record for the most yards thrown by a rookie QB in any playoff game until 2012.

    Thanks.

    • Rich Tandler - Jun 14, 2014 at 2:11 PM

      Good point. I should have noted that they only calculated the AV metric back to 1950 so Baugh’s prime would not have been included. But, you’re right, that was one of the best seasons in Redskins history for a player of any age.

      • ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Jun 14, 2014 at 5:55 PM

        I put Sammy in for one of best all-around players in NFL history for any team.
        ~

  2. shermanp79 - Jun 14, 2014 at 3:29 PM

    I know little about Brown but clearly he had a couple of great years. I think what RG3 did as a R QB was incredible and if he didn’t miss the time he did, would have been better. I think having 2 linemen is a bit sad. They had great years and helped the leagues best offense but for there not to be any WR or another RB, it says a lot about the teams, either how they were built or how bad we have been. I think had Sean Taylor not been killed he would be on that list. I think he had a shot at DPOY the next year or two. There are no DE or LB and injuries could have robbed Arrington, he was another who could have been great if not for injuries. I guess Dexter Manley was over 25 during his great years. Looking back we traded first round picks so much and that is the more likely round to find guys for that list. I’m trying to think about WRs but can’t think of many. I think the two biggest names drafted was Howard and Westbrook but neither came close to stardom. I guess Howard had a bit as a returner but not close for the 6th pick.

    • Rich Tandler - Jun 14, 2014 at 4:00 PM

      I don’t get why having two OL on the list is “sad”. If they don’t get their jobs done, Riggins doesn’t score 24 touchdowns, Charlie Brown doesn’t have a huge year (his ’83 season was just a little further down the list).These are All-Pro players, the very best at their positions. Nothing at all to be sad about.

    • ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Jun 14, 2014 at 5:57 PM

      The days of the Redskins offense operating behind Jacoby and Grimm were the best days this Redskins fan has lived through.

      I’d love to see us be that consistently competitive again.
      ~

  3. bowlregard - Jun 14, 2014 at 4:08 PM

    Charley Taylor 1966. 72 catches 1119 yards.
    Darrell Green 1984. 5 picks.

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