This Is One Of The Best Redskins Offenses Of All Time For Real

The 2012 Redskins have already scored more points than any Redskins team in 13 years, which is not something I was expecting to write about the 2012 Redskins. And if you chalk that 1999 season up as some sort of Norv Turner-fueled fever dream, then the Skins haven’t scored like this since ’91, a season which saw me buy a Zubaz-billed Super Bowl hat.

RGIII and the Shanaclan are on pace to score 435 points, which would place them fourth in franchise history. They have a good shot to pass that ’99 team for third place, and they’ll almost certainly finish no worse than fifth. The only two Redskins offenses clearly ahead of them are two of the very best in NFL history, and both went to the Super Bowl. Here are the top five.

1. 1983: 541 points (33.8 per game)

Regular season record: 14-2
Postseason finish: Super Bowl loss
Leading passer: Joe Theismann (3,714 yards, 29 TD, 97.0 rating)
Leading rusher: John Riggins (1,347 yards, 3.6 per, 24 TD)
Leading receiver: Charlie Brown (78 receptions, 1,225 yards, 8 TD)
Random stat: Joe Washington had 1,226 yards from scrimmage.
Bonus random stat: They didn’t score less than 23 in any game all season … until the Super Bowl, in which they scored nine.

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2. 1991: 485 points (30.3 per game)

Regular season record: 14-2
Postseason finish: Super Bowl victory
Leading passer: Mark Rypien (3,564 yards, 28 TD, 97.9 rating)
Leading rusher: Earnest Byner (1,048 yards, 3.8 per, 5 TD)
Leading receiver: Gary Clark (70 receptions, 1,340 yards, 10 TD)
Random stat: Byner attempted four passes, completing one for a touchdown.
Bonus random stat: Terry Orr and Jimmie Johnson scored six touchdowns on 13 receptions.

3. 1999: 443 points (27.7 per game)

Regular season record: 10-6
Postseason finish: Divisional round loss
Leading passer: Brad Johnson (4,005 yards, 24 TD, 90.0 rating)
Leading rusher: Stephen Davis (1,405 yards, 4.8 per, 17 TD)
Leading receiver: Michael Westbrook (65 receptions, 1,191 yards, 9 TD)
Random stat: The receptions leader was actually Larry Centers with 69.
Bonus random stat: Albert Connell also had a 1,000-yard season, somehow.

4. 2012: 435 points (27.2 per game)*

Current record: 8-6
Postseason finish: They may or may not get there.
Current leading passer: Robert Griffin III (2,902 yards, 18 TD, 104.2 rating)
Current leading rusher: Alfred Morris (1,322 yards, 4.7 per, 9 TD)
Current leading receiver: Santana Moss (37 receptions, 525 yards, 7 TD)
Random stat: They won’t even come close to having a 1,000-yard receiver.
Bonus random stat: RGIII is the NFL’s 20th-leading rusher with 748 yards and is leading in yards/attempt at 6.7.

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5. 1984: 426 points (26.6 per game)

Regular season record: 11-5
Postseason finish: Divisional round loss
Leading passer: Joe Theismann (3,391 yards, 24 TD, 86.6 rating)
Leading rusher: John Riggins (1,239 yards, 3.8 per, 14 TD)
Leading receiver: Art Monk (106 receptions, 1,342 yards, 7 TD)
Random stat: Monk had more than twice as many catches as the second-leading receiver, Calvin Muhammed.
Bonus random stat: At 35, Theismann had a career-high 314 rushing yards.

* The 2012 team has 381 points through 14 games, putting them on a 435-point pace.

11 thoughts on “This Is One Of The Best Redskins Offenses Of All Time For Real”

  1. The ’83 team was also something like +41 on turnovers. I wonder how they did in time of possession that year. Somebody has to have kept track of that somewhere.

  2. Ha no idea BJ had 4000 yards in the 99 season. Getting rid of him for Jeff George makes even less sense now, and I didn’t think that was possible.

  3. This post is fantastic.

    Random stat: I think Albert Connell was booted from the league from stealing from his teammates in the locker room.

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