Washington Redskins Stats That Mattered in 2012

Brad Gagnon@Brad_Gagnon NFL National ColumnistJanuary 8, 2013

ST LOUIS, MO - SEPTEMBER 16:  Quarterback Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins 'Tebows' in celebration after throwing a long pass for a touchdown during the game against the St. Louis Rams at Edward Jones Dome on September 16, 2012 in St Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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For the first time since 2005, the Washington Redskins are the last team in the NFC East to start their offseason.

But based on all the good things that happened to the young Redskins in 2012, it's probably safe to assume they won't go another seven years before once again lasting longer than everyone else in the league's most popular division. 

Let's reflect on what the 'Skins were able to get done this season by looking at 10 stats that mattered from the inaugural year of the Robert Griffin III era. 


245.8: That's how many passing yards the Redskins allowed per game during the final nine weeks of the season, which is a stark improvement from the 328.4 yards they gave up through the air over the first seven weeks.

That second number ranked dead last in football, while the improved average moved them to the middle of the pack. DeAngelo Hall and Cedric Griffin probably saved their jobs during the second half of the season. 


14: That's how many turnovers the Redskins' offense committed during the regular season, which ranked first in football and sixth on the all-time list. Amazing considering that the offense featured a rookie quarterback and a rookie running back. More amazing considering that they turned it over 35 times in 2011, which ranked 30th in the league.


102.4: That was RG3's passer rating this season. Prior to 2012, no qualifying rookie quarterback had ever hit that mark in NFL history. Griffin also was tied with Tom Brady for the league's lowest interception percentage (1.3) and led the NFL with 8.1 yards per pass attempt. 


5.2: That's how many yards per carry the Redskins put up this year, which ranked second in football. Griffin led the league at 6.8, with Alfred Morris finishing ninth at 4.8. Morris broke the Redskins' single-season rushing record with 1,613 yards, ranking second in the NFL behind only Adrian Peterson.


4.8: That was the Redskins' sack percentage (sacks per 100 pass attempts) this season, which ranked 28th in football. Without Brian Orakpo, the team's overall sack total dropped from 41 to 32. With Orakpo in 2011, they were sixth in football with a sack percentage of 7.5. They did, however, have 18 sacks in their final seven games, which actually put them slightly ahead of their 2011 pace, despite not having Orakpo.

It's no coincidence that they won each of those final seven games. 


53: That's how many pressures right tackle Tyler Polumbus surrendered in 15 games this season, ranking 65th out of 72 qualifying tackles, per Pro Football Focus. The line did a good job overall (they ranked eighth in football in terms of least pressures allowed), but Polumbus was a very weak link. He can't be a starter again in 2013. 


1,918: That's how many yards DeAngelo Hall and Josh Wilson surrendered in coverage this season, according to PFF. No starting cornerback duo gave up close to as many total yards in 2012. The next-worst duo in this area was Antoine Cason and Quentin Jammer from San Diego, but they gave up 403 fewer yards than Hall and Wilson did.

I mentioned above that the secondary got better over the course of the season, but this is still worrisome. 


633: That's how many receiving yards Pierre Garcon picked up in only 10 games. But when you consider that he missed all but eight snaps in the opener and played only about half of his first three games back from injury in Weeks 11, 12 and 13, he actually only truly played about half a season.

And yet that was still enough to lead the 'Skins in receiving yardage. If he can stay healthy in 2013, it could be a huge year for the 26-year-old.


16: That's the percentage of runs in which the Redskins were stopped at or behind the line of scrimmage, which ranked only behind Seattle, per Football Outsiders. Last year in the same category, they ranked 19th in football. The advantage of Alfred Morris being a battering ram.


79: That's the percentage of first downs the Redskins defense gave up on runs on third or fourth down with two or fewer yards to go. Only the Bengals ranked worse than Washington in this area, according to Football Outsiders. There are some great run defenders on this team, so I think this came as a result of all the blitzing they did as the season wore on.