In the past ten years, Redskins fans have endured countless hardships. While the Eagles, Giants and Cowboys have each won the division three times, Washington has claimed the title just twice. While teams such as the Patriots have only had two starting quarterbacks in the past fifteen years, Washington has had nine quarterbacks in the past ten years.
Since owner Dan Snyder bought the team in 1999, Washington football has been synonymous with failure, whether on the field, or off. Atrocious signings such as the 100$ million contract Albert Haynesworth signed in 2012, or Adam Archuleta’s 30$ contract in 2006. A lack of production in the NFL draft consistently hampered the production coming from Redskins’ rookies. Washington selected six players in the first round during 2005-2015, ranking 30th in the NFL. General manager Bruce Allen is infamous for his 2012 trade in which he dealt three first round picks in order to acquire quarterback Robert Griffin.
Though the Redskins have been a franchise full of failure for a long time, the Scot Mccloughan Era may have finally brought hope to the nation’s capital. After two strong drafts, and many modest free agent signings, Washington may be in position to repeat as division champs for the first time in over thirty years.
QB: Kirk Cousins (2012-2016) 25 GS 65.2 CMP% 7196 yds 47-30 TD/INT 91.3 Rating
Kirk Cousins leads the All-Decade team. Credit: Jeffrey G. Pittenger-USA TODAY Sports
Surprisingly enough, Captain Kirk has posted the best statistics out of all Redskins’ quarterbacks. He struggled early on in his career with accuracy, but posted the highest completion percentage in the NFL in 2015.
RB: Clinton Portis (2004-2010) 84 G 6824 YDS 4.1 YPA 81 YPG 46 TDS 1340 Rec YDs 1x Pro Bowl
The Broncos traded Portis to Washington in 2004 and the exuberant RB was the face of the franchise for the following six years. Alfred Morris had a better YPC over his four-year tenure with the Skins, but he did not challenge Portis in any other statistic.
FB: Mike Sellers (2004-2011) 120 G 46 GS 150 Rush YDS 821 Rec YDS 15 TDS
Sometimes overlooked due to his position, Mike Sellers was a consistent commodity for numerous different QBs and coaches over his eight years in DC.
WR: Santana Moss (2005-2014) 146 G 581 Rec 7867 YDs 47 TDs 1x Pro Bowl
Pierre Garcon (2012-2015) 58 G 297 Rec 3500 Yards 18 TDs
Antwaan Randle El (2006-2009) 63 G 186 Rec 2202 Yards 8 TDS
Pierre Garcon makes the team, while Desean Jackson is left off
Santana Moss delivers the best statistics of all Redskins’ players over the past decade. He played in the most games, reeled in the most catches, and had twice the yards of any other wide out in the organization. Garcon has been a red-zone target in his four years for the Skins, and makes an impact whenever he is on the field.
TE: Chris Cooley (2004-2012) 117 G 669 Rec 4711 YDS 66 TDs 2x Pro Bowl
A fan favorite, Chris Cooley leads all offensive skill position players in Pro Bowl appearances.
LT: Chris Samuels (2000-2009) 141 GS 76 AV 6x Pro Bowl 7.6 AV/Y
LG: Kory Lichtensteiger (2010-2015) 72 GS
C: Casey Rabach (2005-2010) 95 GS
RG: Randy Thomas (2003-2009) 82 GS 1 Pro Bowl Alternate
RT: Trent Williams (2010-2015) 83 GS 4x Pro Bowl 55 AV 9.2 AV/Y
The duo of Trent Williams and Chris Samuels would probably be the best pair of tackles in the NFL, as they combine for 10 total Pro Bowls. On the other hand, the interior offensive line could be the weak link to the teams offense.