After a 2011 season that saw the Washington Redskins finish in last place in the NFC East for the fourth time in six years, change was going to be a certainty.
Although the offense floated around the top half of the league in terms of total offense, it was time to revive the memories of the Super Bowl XXVI winning squad from 1991 that finished first overall in points scored.
Yes, it is said that defenses win championships, but everyone knows that you have to put points on the board to be competitive in the modern era of the NFL—especially through the air.
When free agency opened on March 13th, the Redskins gobbled up two of the best receivers on the open market—Pierre Garcon and Josh Morgan. The duo combined to record over 90 catches for 1,143 yards and six touchdowns in their first season in our Nation’s Capital.
While their cooperative effort helped eased quarterback Robert Griffin III’s transition from Baylor University, it was the man who moved over to make room for the twosome that may have been No. 10’s biggest influence—Santana Moss.
Recently, NFL.com’s Gregg Rosenthal ranked his top-five slot receivers in the game and No. 89 was left off the list.
After crunching numbers on the franchise’s single season receiving yardage record holder, here is a case for the 12-year veteran’s inclusion.
Rosenthal’s top-five slot receivers entering the 2013 season are Percy Harvin, Randall Cobb, Wes Welker, Victor Cruz, and Danny Amendola.
The top-three were leading receivers on playoff bound teams while Amendola was the Rams top target before heading north to the New England Patriots over the winter.
While Moss’ 573 yards is less than any of the five men, it is what he did when he got the ball that counts most.
Moss’ 14.0 YPC average is a yard more than the next receiver on the list and his eight touchdown catches is the second most behind only Cruz.
In the month of October, the Redskins mustered a season low one victory (38-26 over the Minnesota Vikings) and struggled in close games. Moss, however, was at the top of his game.
In four games, the former University of Miami star recorded 13 catches for 214 yards and four touchdowns, including two against the New York Giants. Only Cruz recorded more touchdowns (five) in a month.
His six touchdowns in games that ended within seven were three more than any slot receiver in the entire NFL.
Entering his 13th season, Moss doesn’t seem like a man who just celebrated his 34th birthday. He still looks like the same receiver who torched Dallas on Monday Night Football in 2005.
Check out this touchdown catch against those same Cowboys last Thanksgiving as proof.
The best is yet to be for Santana Moss.
Hail to the Redskins!
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