The Washington Redskins finished last season with a 3-13 record, but they are bound to bounce back and contend for another NFC East title.
The Washington Redskins had a disaster of a season, and they finished 3-13. Quarterback Robert Griffin III notably struggled as he was unable to become fully healthy after a brutal knee injury in his playoff debut.
Everything went wrong for the Redskins, but they are primed for a rebound season.
Here are five reasons why the Redskins will be a playoff contender in 2014.
5. Improved defense
The lack of defense was a major reason why the Redskins struggled last season, as evidenced by the unit finishing 18th in total defense and 30th in scoring defense. They brought in Jason Hatcher, who posted 11 sacks in 2013 for the Dallas Cowboys. Not only will Hatcher bolster the pass rush, but he will also be able to give the defense information on the Cowboys offense. His addition will make the pass rush dangerous since they already have Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan lined up at outside linebacker. The pass defense will need to prove itself though.
4. Jay Gruden
Mike Shanahan clearly lost his team, so he was fired for the Redskins’ massive disappointment. Jay Gruden was hired to take his place, and he will instantly bring the offense back to full form since he was able to help Andy Dalton throw 33 touchdown passes. New blood will also motivate the Redskins to bounce back.