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Need to Know: The 5 top single seasons by a Redskin in last 20 years

May 25, 2015, 5:52 AM EDT


Here is what you need to know on this Monday, May 25, one day before the Washington Redskins start OTAs.

(I’m out on vacation this week. I’ll have some new posts here when OTAs get underway but I’ll also be bringing back some of the more popular and talked about posts from the past. Enjoy the “best of” posts and if you’re in Corolla, NC give me a shout!)

Nickel coverage

Last week we used the Approximate Value metric to look at which Redskins were the most valuable in 2013. There is a link to more details on AV in that post if you want it. Today, there are the best single seasons Redskins players have had in terms of AV in the last 20 years (1994-2013).

QB Robert Griffin III, 2012, AV of 18—You thought it was the best season you’ve seen by a Redskin in a long time. You were right. He is the only Redskins quarterback ever to finish a season with a passer rating of over 100.

QB Brad Johnson, 1999, AV of 16—Johnson made the Pro Bowl and was the last quarterback to lead the Redskins to the division title before Griffin did it. With 4,005 yards passing that year Johnson is one of two Redskins to pass for over 4,000 yards in a season (Jay Schroeder, 1986, 4,109).

CB Champ Bailey, 2000, AV of 16—In just his second year in the league, Bailey earned the first of seven straight Pro Bowl berths (four with Washington). He had five interceptions and a fumble recovery for the fourth-ranked defense in the league.

G Tre Johnson, 1999, AV of 15—“The Banga” was at his road-grading best this season, protecting Johnson and helping to clear the way for Stephen Davis’ 1,405 yards rushing. It was the only season of his seven in Washington where he played 16 games and he earned his only Pro Bowl berth.

LB Marcus Washington, 2004, AV of 15—He was the only Pro Bowl representative on the third-ranked defense in the league. Washington, in his first year with the Redskins after coming over from the Colts as a free agent, had 87 tackles, 3 passes defended, forced one fumble and recovered one.


—It’s been 148 days since the Redskins played a game. It will be 111 days until they play the Dolphins at FedEx Field.

Days until: Redskins minicamp starts 22; Redskins training camp starts 66; Thursday night Redskins @ Giants 122

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  1. ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - May 25, 2015 at 8:38 AM

    Well things have been pretty bleak, haven’t they? THIS YEAR WILL BE DIFFERENT!

  2. abanig - May 25, 2015 at 10:04 AM

    What about Alfred Morris in 2012?

  3. gurnblanstonreturns - May 25, 2015 at 10:08 AM

    One season worth mentioning: In 2005, Santana Moss came to town to catch 89 balls for 1,483 yards and 9 touchdowns. He brought swagger, excitement and deadly speed to the team. Plus, will any Skins fan ever forget that magical Monday night? In his 2nd game with the team, performing feats of glory worthy of Arthurian legend, Santana became the Cowboy Killer, making Texas Stadium better known as the Stadium Santana Closed. I miss Santana already. He deserved better than Dan Snyder.

    • bangkokben - May 25, 2015 at 10:29 AM

      The irony in your last sentence. Snyder wanted Moss out of college and Marty took 50/50 Rod Gardner. Snyder then got Moss (with Vinny Cerato’s help) when Lavearneus Coles wanted to be traded after getting the most targets in the NFL under Gibbs first season. Sure, Moss deserved more team success here but without Snyder, I doubt he ever becomes a Redskin.

      • abanig - May 25, 2015 at 10:48 AM

        Yeah, I always thought that was rely ironic as well.

        Think of it this way. In 02-04, it would have been awesome to have Coles & Moss as our #1, 2

        • ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - May 25, 2015 at 7:43 PM

          As Skins fans, we have enough irony to sink us all in the deepest ocean.


        • timwillhidetimwillhide - May 25, 2015 at 7:45 PM

          Coles actually played with moss in 2001 and 2002 before we got him. I hated that we drafted Gardner I wanted Moss.

        • abanig - May 25, 2015 at 9:28 PM

          Same here. I went to West Virginia University. In the old Big East, Wvu played Miami every year, it was a huge rivalry. Moss always killed us when we played. I wanted him on the skins so bad back in 2001.

      • Ant - May 25, 2015 at 3:58 PM

        Gibbs wanted moss not serrato.

        • abanig - May 27, 2015 at 7:19 AM

          Actually, it was Snyder who wanted Moss in the 2001 draft and Marty wanted Rod Gardner. For as many times as Marty was right, Marty was dead wrong about that decision…

          Then, when Gibbs got here, Coles wanted out of Washington because he was tired of losing and tired of the offense and the inconsistencies and they worked out the trade for Moss. Gibbs was on board with the trade, but it was Snyder who wanted him first.

    • abanig - May 25, 2015 at 10:36 AM

      Yeah. That was a sweet year

  4. madness83 - May 27, 2015 at 4:51 PM

    Interesting thought experiment – I looked up 2007 Sean Taylor, and he had an AV of 10 across 9 games. Yes, he was nursing an injury when he died, so he wouldn’t have had enough games to probably crack this list. But that’s a 16-game average AV of 17.78 – around what RG3 turned in his rookie season. And Taylor playing that season might have resulted in more accolades, which possibly could have pushed his number higher.

    • Rich Tandler - May 28, 2015 at 5:56 AM

      You can’t project AV over 16 games like that because part of it is independent of number of games played i.e. Pro Bowls, ranking of team in defensive categories, etc. ST still could have had a great season but just a warning that you skew the picture when using AV like that. Archives

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