2014 Record: 4-12, hahaha. ha, 1-4 in last five
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1st: 28th in DVOA* overall offense (27h pass, 17th rush) | 27th in DVOA* overall defense (32nd pass, 9th run)
2nd: Sixth best in the NFL at stopping receiving RBs (6.1 pass attempts per game, 30.4 receiving yards per game), but probably mostly because every other receiver type was having career days against them. They rank 30th against WR2s and 29th against WR1, slot/bench WRs and TEs according to Football Outsiders’ defense vs. receiver types chart.
3rd: Key loss: WR Brian Orakpo | Key addition: WR Dashon Goldson
4th: Yuck. It’s difficult to get excited about the Redskins. Twenty-seventh in overall defense and 32nd against the pass. Orakpo’s been injured for a couple seasons, but he’s a three-time Pro Bowler and he’s only 28. Seeing him go would be puzzling if we weren’t talking about the Redskins. They added Dashon Goldson. Goldson is only 30, but the big-play safety didn’t make many big plays in two seasons in the Tampa Bay defensive scheme. It’ll be interesting to see how the new surroundings suit him. If he can be a good complement to LBs Ryan Kerrigan, Keenan Robinson and Perry Riley Jr., this defense should make some strides in 2015. On the offensive side of the ball, the big question is at quarterback where Robert Griffin III will once again attempt to recapture the magic he flashed in his rookie campaign. I’m not sure he can do it, but he doesn’t have many excuses throwing to receivers like Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson and TE Jordan Reed (if he can stay healthy). And now he has a quarterback coach. If Griffin is back, expect big improvements from Garcon and Jackson. Alfred Morris is prototypical power bellcow back who will continue to grind in 2015. Third-round pick Matt Jones has impressed as a receiver and blocker, which means the Redskins may not miss Roy Helu’s departure.
*Defense-adjusted Value Over Average, a Football Outsiders’ advanced NFL metric, measures a team’s performance on a per-play basis. The metric attempts to limit variance and provides a more realistic measurement of how good a team is regardless of matchup or situation, making it a strong indicator of future success. Read more about DVOA.