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Redskins Historian: 1991 Quest Begins

Posted by Andrew Walker on August 31, 2012 – 5:41 pm

(AP photo)

By Mike Richman
The Redskins Historian

(Click here for more about the Redskins kicking off the 1991 season in style)

On Sept. 1, 1991, the Redskins opened the season with a 45-0 rout of the Lions at RFK Stadium.

Everything clicked.

Quarterback Mark Rypien completed 15 throws for 183 yards and two touchdowns, cornerback Darrell Green intercepted two passes for a defense that held the Lions to 154 yards, and rookie Brian Mitchell returned a punt 69 yards for a score.

The 45-point margin could have been larger, but backup QB Jeff Rutledge took a knee four times near Detroit’s goal line as the clock ran out.

It was the Redskins’ first of three shutouts early in the 1991 season, when they romped to a 14-2 mark and an eventual win in Super Bowl XXVI.

Mike Richman is a Redskins Historian and author of The Redskins Encyclopedia and the Washington Redskins Football Vault. You can follow Mike on Facebook, Twitter, or by visiting his website.


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3 Responses to “Redskins Historian: 1991 Quest Begins”

  1. By JW on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    Brian Mitchell was a rookie in 1990, not 1991.

  2. By jacob kopp on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    mitchell was dead to me after next season,but why mention an average role player? Our defense in 91 was scarrrry! our offense was unbelievable! The most underrated team ever. They just dominated everyone! Probably were on the way to repeating before ole mitchell fumbled! What a team! Our qb wasn’t even great,but that o-line,and especially those receivers were untouchable.Monk Clark,Sanders

  3. By Mike Richman on Sep 2, 2012 | Reply

    To me, Brian Mitchell was more than an “average role player.” He has the second-most yards in NFL history behind Jerry Rice, an amazing accomplishment that should get him serious consideration for the Hall of Fame. I know it’s hard for special teamers to get inducted, but Mitchell was more than that. In addition to returning kicks, he piled up many yards rushing and receiving.

    That’s correct. He was a rookie in 1990, not 1991.

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