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Remembering How Final 53 Got Here

Posted by Stephen Czarda on September 3, 2013 – 3:30 pm

(AP Image)

(AP Image)

When Mike Shanahan was hired in 2010, he inherited a team that was in transition. Despite only being 24 months removed from Hall of Fame coach Joe Gibbs’ second stint that featured two playoff appearances in four seasons, the memories of being a constant playoff contender seemed little more than a bleak memory that the youngest of Redskins fans would never have known if it weren’t for blurry YouTube highlight videos.

Fast-forward nearly four years after the Shanahan era kicked off in memorable fashion with a 13-7 victory over archrival Dallas Cowboys that nearly never happened if it weren’t for a nullified touchdown due to a holding penalty, and the Redskins have built one of the deepest rosters in the league. While it took four years to get to this point, the Redskins resurgence has an overnight sensation feel to it.

Whether it be Shanahan’s penchant for assembling homegrown, Pro Bowl talent, the salary cap penalty, simply wanting continuity inside of his locker room, or a combination of all three, the Redskins are returning 21 of 22 starters from a year ago (Brandon Meriweather is included in this 21 while Adam Carriker is not). But it isn’t just the starters that the franchise has been able to keep nailed down, as the backups have found a niche on the roster as well. Whether it be outside linebacker Rob Jackson or wide receiver Santana Moss, the team has keep its core intact over the last 12 months.

John Keim, who’s been covering the Redskins for almost two decades, did a fantastic job breaking down the roster as follows:

Draft choices under Mike Shanahan: 20

Draft choices by the Redskins: 24

Reed Doughty, Kedric Golston, Brian Orakpo and Rob Jackson are the four that were drafted before Shanahan came to town.

Draft choices from past three years under Shanahan: 19

Draft choices by the Redskins on the opening day roster in Shanahan’s first season, 2010: 16

Draft choices by the Redskins on opening day roster in 2009: 27

Draft choices by the Redskins who are currently starters: 9

Draft choices picked by Shanahan who are starting: 6

Robert Griffin III, Alfred Morris, Trent Williams, Perry Riley and Ryan Kerrigan.

Former undrafted free agents: 9

Players who have played for another team: 22

Former first-round picks: 9

Players picked in the first three rounds: 20

Players picked in rounds 6 and 7, or who went undrafted: 22

Former undrafted free agents starting: 7 (including LS Nick Sundberg and K Kai Forbath; this also assumes a two TE, two RB set with TE Logan Paulsen and FB Darrel Young)

The others are Stephen Bowen, London Fletcher and Tyler Polumbus.

Former first-round picks starting: 6

Picks in rounds 1-3 starting: 9

Former 6th-7th round picks starting: 6

Now the team has obviously lucked out over the fact that some of these players were discarded by other franchises, even division rivals, and have happened to reach their full potential here or have had the opportunity at the very least to play. The next question remains is can the team repeat the success in similar fashion to the last seven games last season.

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2 Responses to “Remembering How Final 53 Got Here”

  1. By voodoovos on Sep 3, 2013 | Reply

    Fascinating read – I love my Redskins stats – but standalone these are a bit vague – Where do we compare with the other 31 teams for things like home drafted starters. 9 of 22 starters (if we are not including special teams) drafted by the Skins seems quite impressive to me. I love seeing late round picks develop and grow. We just need the likes of Leonard Hankerson breakout. HTTR

  2. By Dave on Sep 3, 2013 | Reply

    Fred Davis was in 2008 draft class. Shanny came in in 2010. Come on dude.

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