Last year, the Washington defense ranked somewhere in the middle of the league across the board, but those stats don't really tell the full story.
Even with injuries to LaRon Landry and Oshiomogho Atogwe, the defense allowed just two 300-plus yard passers, the first being Tom Brady in Week 12. Other injuries to Brian Orakpo, London Fletcher and Jarvis Jenkins also held the defense back.
The biggest problem with the defense, however, wasn't injuries or personnel, but an anemic offense that couldn't maintain time of position. Because Rex Grossman and company forced the defense to stay on the field for so long, their statistics may be a bit inflated and not exactly reflective of actual performance under normal situations.
With a new offense and healthy defense, things should be much better for the Redskins in 2012. Let's take a positional look at why the defense should improve.