1991 Washington Redskins season
The 1991 Washington Redskins season was the team's 60th in the National Football League (NFL), and its 55th in Washington, D.C.. The Redskins dominated the league all season, winning their first eleven games. Their two losses were by margins of 3 and 2 points, respectively.
|1991 Washington Redskins season|
|Head coach||Joe Gibbs|
|General manager||Charley Casserly|
|Owner||Jack Kent Cooke|
|Home field||RFK Stadium|
|Division place||1st NFC East|
|Playoff finish||Won Divisional Playoffs (Falcons) 24–7
Won Conference Championship (Lions) 41–10
Won Super Bowl XXVI (5) (Bills) 37–24
The Redskins led the league in scoring with 485 points, and allowed the second-fewest points (224) in the league in 1991. (As of the 1991 season, this was the third-highest total in NFL history, and still ranks in the top 20 all-time.) They had a +18 turnover ratio, also best in the NFL. In 2016, Chris Chase of USA Today ranked the team as the greatest to ever win a Super Bowl.
Quarterback Mark Rypien had an outstanding year. His 8.5 yards per pass attempt was second in the league, and his 3,564 passing yards were best in the NFC and fourth in the league. Running back Earnest Byner's 1,048 rushing yards were 5th best in the NFL. The Redskins had two wide receivers who went over 1,000 yards receiving in 1991: Gary Clark (1,340) and Art Monk (1,049).
The Redskins beat the Buffalo Bills 37–24 to win Super Bowl XXVI. The team is the last Super Bowl champion to never trail in any of their playoff victories. The Redskins' Super Bowl XXVI win was their first in a non-strike season. With the championship, coach Joe Gibbs also became the first head coach to win three Super Bowls with three different quarterbacks.
In 2007, ESPN.com ranked the 1991 Redskins as the 4th greatest team in NFL history, noting, "you can look at two stats to get a pretty good idea of just how great a team is: yards gained per pass attempt, and yards allowed per pass attempt. The 1991 'Skins topped the NFL in each category, with Mark Rypien averaging 8.5 yards per attempt, while his colleagues on Washington's defense allowed only 6 yards per attempt.... The 'Skins outscored their opponents 485–224, and they had a tough schedule. After going 14–2, they romped through the NFC playoffs, beating the Falcons 24–7 and demolishing the Lions 41–10 on their way to the Super Bowl. In the Big Game, the 'Skins beat the cursed early-1990s Bills 37–24."
Statistics site Football Outsiders has ranked the 1991 Redskins as the greatest team in their ratings history, stating that the team "may have been the most well-rounded team in NFL history. [...] A lot of the best teams in NFL history got a little extra boost by picking on an easy schedule, but not Washington. They had an average schedule, and a harder-than-average schedule of opposing defenses. One reason for that: 1991 was not only the year of the best overall team in [their rating system's] history. It was also the year of the best defense in DVOA history, which showed up on Washington's schedule twice: the 1991 Philadelphia Eagles."
|1991 Washington Redskins roster|
|1991 Washington Redskins staff|
Special teams coaches
Strength and conditioning
|1||August 4, 1991||Pittsburgh Steelers||L 7–16||Three Rivers Stadium||0–1||TNT[b]||8:00pm|
|2||August 10, 1991||New England Patriots||W 27–6||Foxboro Stadium||1–1||WTTG||7:30pm|
|3||August 16, 1991||Cleveland Browns||L 21–24 (OT)||Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium||1–2||WTTG||8:00pm|
|4||August 24, 1991||New York Jets||L 9–13||Williams-Brice Stadium||1–3||WTTG||7:00pm|
|1||September 1, 1991||Detroit Lions||W 45–0||Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium||1–0||TNT[b]||8:00pm|
|2||September 9, 1991||at Dallas Cowboys||W 33-31||Texas Stadium||2–0||ABC||9:00pm|
|3||September 15, 1991||Phoenix Cardinals||W 34–0||Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium||3–0||CBS||1:00pm|
|4||September 22, 1991||at Cincinnati Bengals||W 34–27||Riverfront Stadium||4–0||CBS||1:00pm|
|5||September 30, 1991||Philadelphia Eagles||W 23–0||Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium||5–0||ABC||9:00pm|
|6||October 6, 1991||at Chicago Bears||W 20–7||Soldier Field||6–0||CBS||1:00pm|
|7||October 13, 1991||Cleveland Browns||W 42–17||Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium||7–0||NBC||1:00pm|
|9||October 27, 1991||at New York Giants||W 17–13||Giants Stadium||8–0||ESPN[c]||7:30pm|
|10||November 3, 1991||Houston Oilers||W 16–13 (OT)||Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium||9–0||NBC||1:00pm|
|11||November 10, 1991||Atlanta Falcons||W 56–17||Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium||10–0||CBS||1:00pm|
|12||November 17, 1991||at Pittsburgh Steelers||W 41–14||Three Rivers Stadium||11–0||CBS||1:00pm|
|13||November 24, 1991||Dallas Cowboys||L 21–24||Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium||11–1||CBS||1:00pm|
|14||December 1, 1991||at Los Angeles Rams||W 27–6||Anaheim Stadium||12–1||CBS||4:00pm|
|15||December 8, 1991||at Phoenix Cardinals||W 20–14||Sun Devil Stadium||13–1||CBS||4:00pm|
|16||December 15, 1991||New York Giants||W 34–17||Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium||14–1||CBS||4:00pm|
|17||December 22, 1991||at Philadelphia Eagles||L 22–24||Veterans Stadium||14–2||CBS||4:00pm|
|(1) Washington Redskins||14||2||0||.875||6–2||10–2||485||224||L1|
|(5) Dallas Cowboys||11||5||0||.688||5–3||8–4||342||310||W5|
|New York Giants||8||8||0||.500||3–5||5–7||281||297||W1|
|Round||Date||Opponent||Result||Redskins points||Opponents||Game site||Attendance||Game Time||Network TV||National Radio||Report|
|NFC Wild Card Playoffs||Bye week|
|NFC Divisional Playoffs||January 4, 1992 (Sat)||Atlanta Falcons||Win||24||7||RFK Stadium||
|NFC Championship||January 12, 1992||Detroit Lions||Win||41||10||RFK Stadium||
|Super Bowl XXVI||January 26, 1992||N Buffalo Bills||Win||37||24||Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome||
Awards and recordsEdit
- Mark Rypien, Super Bowl Most Valuable Player
- Mark Rypien, UPI NFC Player of the Year
- Mark Rypien, Pro Bowl Selection
- November 10, 1991 – Mark Rypien threw for 442 yards and 6 touchdowns against the Atlanta Falcons, despite being taken out of the game in the middle of the 4th quarter; when Atlanta did the same, their third-string quarterback, a rookie named Brett Favre, made his NFL debut – and his first pass was intercepted and returned for a touchdown. On that same day, Warren Moon of the Houston Oilers threw for over 400 yards as well in an overtime win over the Dallas Cowboys.
Best team everEdit
In 2010, ESPN conducted a "super league," consisting of the best Super Bowl winning teams of all time; the 1991 Redskins finished the regular season in first place with record of 10-5 and beat the 1992 Dallas Cowboys in the league finals to be named the greatest team of all time. Football Outsiders also has them ranked as the best team in NFL history based on their advanced analysis.
- Pro-Football-Reference.com: 1991 Washington Redskins
- Chase, Chris. "Ranking all 49 Super Bowl champions, from best to worst". USA Today. Retrieved 30 January 2016.
- Pro-Football-Reference.com: 1991 NFL Leaders and Leaderboards
- Pro-Football-Reference: 1991 Washington Redskins
- As of 2011 season
- The Redskins previously won the Super Bowl after the 1982 and 1987 seasons, both shortened by strikes
- Joe Theismann, Doug Williams and Mark Rypien
- ESPN.com, Page 2 – The List: Greatest NFL teams of all time, 2007
- Football Outsiders: 1991 DVOA Ratings and Commentary, published July 16, 2012, spanning 1991–2011 seasons.
- Washington Redskins 1991 Press Guide. pp. 3–36.
- Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2015-May-31.
- Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2016-May-18.
- Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2016-May-18.
- http://promo.espn.go.com/espn/promotions/nfl/superleague/?gameId=121 "Redskins win on dramatic final play"