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What Will Make Us A Playoff Team in 2013?

Posted by Stephen Czarda on April 10, 2013 – 11:14 am

Alfred Morris, Robert Griffin III

By now you know all about the 2012 campaign where the Burgundy and Gold secured their first division title since the turn of the century.

While the season that was will go down as one of the most exciting  in franchise history thanks in large part to the instant injection of highlight reel moments by rookie record-breakers Robert Griffin III and Alfred Morris, the team as a whole stepped up their “game” after the bye week and made those that told them it was time to consider the season a lost cause bite their tongues.

With the 2013 season fast approaching (OTAs start next week!) its time to look forward to what the campaign can bring to the DMV.

As I was browsing the Internet this morning I came across an article by Yahoo! Sports that states what they believe will be key to the Redskins making back-to-back playoff appearances for the first time since they made it three straight years from 1990-1992. (Also, in the second year—the Redskins made the playoffs they won Super Bowl XXVI. Just sayin’.)

So lets take a look at what they believe will help the franchise make the 2013 playoffs.

According to Russell Baxter, the Washington Redskins will find themselves playing in January and beyond if…

“Washington stays committed to the running game. With a major assist from rookie running back Alfred (1,613), the Redskins totaled an NFL-high 2,709 yards rushing in 16 games last season (169.3 yards per game); totaling more than 1,100 yards than they did (1,614) in 2011. Combine that with the efficient passing of quarterback Robert Griffin III and it was little wonder that Shanahan’s team scored 436 points and totaled 46 offensive touchdowns, up considerably from the previous season (288 points, 27 offensive touchdowns).”

Not only do Morris and Griffin III have a season of professional experience under their belts, the running game and passing game for the matter, will benefit from the return of Roy Helu Jr. to the lineup. Helu Jr. spent the majority of the 2012 season on Injured Reserve after being plagued with lower bodies issues. In 2011, Helu Jr. tallied over 1,000 combined yards and his versatility will play dividends to the read-option attack.

The Redskins will also return to the playoffs if…

“Griffin III (7) as well as backup quarterback Kirk Cousins (3) continue to practice ball security. The two rookie signal-callers last season coughed up the ball a combined 10 times. Hence, the Redskins were guilty of an NFL-low 14 turnovers in 2012.”

The fact that Griffin III and Kirk Cousins were in their first seasons in the NFL and only turned it over is impressive and when you factor in that Morris only coughed up the pigskins three times on his 348 touches is just as amazing.

The one worry that Baxter has with the Redskins chances to be one of the last 12 teams standing, however, is how the defense will perform.

“If Washington’s defense doesn’t look a whole lot better than it did a year ago, the team’s reign as NFC East champions will be short-lived. Injuries to defensive end Adam Carriker and outside linebacker Brian Orakpo in a Week 2 loss at St. Louis took their toll on the defense as it totaled only 32 sacks while allowing 31 touchdown passes. The Redskins also gave up 388 points, the most among the league’s 12 playoff teams in 2012.”

In 2011, Adam Carriker and Brian Orakp0 combined for 93 tackles, 14.5 sacks, and five passes defensed and will help bolster the unit’s threat to opposing quarterbacks with their pending returns. With newly signed cornerback E.J. Biggers and a fully healthy Brandon Meriweather in the secondary, passing touchdowns given up may be few and far between.

So Redskins Nation, what do YOU think will be vital for the Redskins to make a march into the 2013 playoffs?

Chime in here!

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8 Responses to “What Will Make Us A Playoff Team in 2013?”

  1. By frittsrotties on Apr 10, 2013 | Reply

    As long as the players stay focus and continue working together like they did in the second half, WE WILL BE BACK for another playoff run. RG needs to learn to avoid those big hits when he runs…take what he can get and either slide or get our of bounds…Morris is a beast…but he is definately more effective when RG is on the field and defenses have to worry about both of them. Defensively, as long as we stay healthy, teams will not be able to score like they did in 2012.

  2. By frittsrotties on Apr 10, 2013 | Reply

    With the fact that we were able to sign nearly every starter from the 2012 roster is a HUGE plus. As long as our defense can stay healthy, teams will not be putting up the points like they did in 2012. RG III, learn how to slide or get out of bounds! I have complete faith in Cousins, but with RG III on the field, Morris is more effective. Despite not being discussed much, I believe the combination of Garcon, Moss and Davis, RG will will have a 4,000plus yard season.

  3. By jstaff on Apr 10, 2013 | Reply

    On offense, the article is correct. Run hard and often. RGIII needs to learn how to avoid hits. Right Tackle is a concern, but the line seemed to gel anyhow. RT is a need but lower on the totem pole than others.
    On Defense, our corners are not world beaters but are competent given proper safety support. A healthy Merriwether will help, but we NEED a starting Safety out of the draft. No. 1 priority is a starting safety and some depth there.
    Bottom line, if RGIII, Alfred Morris, Orakpo and all the DBs can stay healthy, I think we are in the playoffs.

  4. By Coletrane on Apr 10, 2013 | Reply


  5. By glenn johnson on Apr 11, 2013 | Reply

    thIs year

  6. By glenn johnson on Apr 11, 2013 | Reply

    thIs year the skIns d wIll b back to beIng a top 10 defense. wIth the cap sanctIons and lIttle draft pIcks we must get Impact players ImmedIately.but do not forget brIan orakpo Is an all pro player adam carrIker Is an extemely underrated and brandon merIwhether Is relIable when healthy. far as draft strategy Its no secret dat we need secondary help but luckIly If u need a safety or corner thIs Is the class to get one. who ever we get we must make sure coverage Is theIr strength personally I lIke cyprIen but It wIll be a mIracle If he falls to us but guys lIke amerson, thomas, swearInger, and slay wIll suffIce. wIth that beIng saId wIth the players returnIng from Injury and a evovled passIng game from a healthy rg3 skIns natIom dnt be surprIsed If we take It to a whole new level thIs year

  7. By Biggie@nwdc on Apr 11, 2013 | Reply

    Complete or near full recovery by RG III, good fortune with injuries, continued improvment with the defense, ( no cheap td’s like the Giants game!) and stellar, (and sensible) game planning by K Shanny! Lorenzo Alexander’s leaving will hurt, (leadership/special team/defense) and we’ll miss him, but that’s the game. Bruce Allen, I’ll provide the bubble gum, ( bring your own spit!) for your work with the roster re: the salary cap! Gotta have the best draft in NFL history, but we made the playoffs last season! Anything’s possible. let’s do this! Go Skins!!

  8. By Biggie@nwdc on Apr 11, 2013 | Reply

    Everything we did last year, only earlier and better. Better than average draft, and more passion from the d backs. Congrats to B. Allen with the roster after cap hits. Go Skins!

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