Good defense stops opponents consistently throughout games, while great defenses are capable of changing the flow of a game with big plays and smothering opposing offenses to the point of submission. The Washington Redskins, at least in the last few seasons, have been neither great nor good.
Atrocious pass defense has played a major part in the overall average performance of the 'Skins defense.
Even with the makings of an elite unit, at least from a pass rush standpoint, the Redskins always seem to hit a bump along the way, be it injuries, or just poor play from players they expected to be big contributors.
Regardless of the reasons for the Washington defense finishing 31st and 28th in two of the last three season, here are the ways they can improve their pass defense, and take the next step toward becoming an elite defense.