1991 Washington Redskins season

The 1991 Washington Redskins season was the franchise's 60th season in the National Football League (NFL) and their 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.

The Redskins led the league in scoring with 485 points and allowed the second-fewest points (224) in the league in 1991.[1] (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.[2] To date, this is the Redskins' most recent Super Bowl appearance.

Statistics site Football Outsiders ranks the 1991 Redskins as the best team they have measured (from 1986 to present).[3][4]

1991 Washington Redskins season
Head coachJoe Gibbs
General managerCharley Casserly
OwnerJack Kent Cooke
Home fieldRFK Stadium
Local radioWMAL
Results
Record14–2
Division place1st NFC East
Playoff finishWon Divisional Playoffs (Falcons) 24–7
Won NFC Championship (Lions) 41–10
Won Super Bowl XXVI (5) (Bills) 37–24

The season

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.[5] The Redskins had two wide receivers who went over 1,000 yards receiving in 1991: Gary Clark (1,340) and Art Monk (1,049).[6]

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.[7] The Redskins' Super Bowl XXVI win was their first in a non-strike season.[8] With the championship, coach Joe Gibbs also became the first head coach to win three Super Bowls with three different quarterbacks.[9]

In 2007, ESPN.com ranked the 1991 Redskins as the 4th greatest team in NFL history,[10] 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,[11] 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 [their system's] history, which showed up on Washington's schedule twice: the 1991 Philadelphia Eagles."

Personnel

Staff

1991 Washington Redskins staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

  • Special Teams – Wayne Sevier

Strength and conditioning

  • Strength – Dan Riley
  • Assistant Strength – Steve Wetzel

[12]

Roster

1991 Washington Redskins roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists

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Rookies in italics

Preseason

Week Date Opponent Result Game site Record TV Time
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

Notes:

a All times in North American Eastern Time.
b Simulcast on WJLA-TV in Washington, D.C.

Regular season

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Game site Record TV Time
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
8 Bye
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

Notes:

a All times in North American Eastern Time. (UTC–4 and UTC–5 starting October 27)
b Simulcast on WJLA-TV in Washington, D.C.
c Simulcast on WUSA-TV in Washington, D.C.

Game summaries

Week 1

1 234Total
Lions 0 000 0
• Redskins 21 1473 45

Week 2

1 234Total
• Redskins 7 13310 33
Cowboys 14 737 31

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Week 3

1 234Total
Cardinals 0 000 0
• Redskins 7 7146 34

Week 4

1 234Total
• Redskins 3 2137 34
Bengals 7 3143 27

Week 5

1 234Total
Eagles 0 000 0
• Redskins 0 10310 23

Week 6

1 234Total
• Redskins 0 10010 20
Bears 0 070 7

Week 7

1 234Total
Browns 7 0100 17
• Redskins 7 14714 42

Week 9

1 234Total
• Redskins 0 0710 17
Giants 10 300 13

[14]

Week 10

1 234Total
Oilers 0 607 13
• Redskins 0 3310 16

[15]

Week 11

1 234Total
Falcons 3 0140 17
• Redskins 7 21721 56

Week 12

1 234Total
• Redskins 7 101014 41
Steelers 0 0014 14

Week 13

1 234Total
• Cowboys 0 14010 24
Redskins 7 0014 21

Week 14

1 234Total
• Redskins 7 0146 27
Rams 3 300 6

Week 15

1 234Total
• Redskins 0 0146 20
Cardinals 0 1400 14

Week 16

1 234Total
Giants 3 770 17
• Redskins 7 1730 27

Week 17

1 234Total
Redskins 3 1036 22
• Eagles 7 0017 24

Standings

NFC East
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(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
Philadelphia Eagles 10 6 0 .625 5–3 6–6 285 244 W1
New York Giants 8 8 0 .500 3–5 5–7 281 297 W1
Phoenix Cardinals 4 12 0 .250 1–7 3–11 196 344 L8

Playoffs

Schedule

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
55,181
12:30 PM CBS CBS
NFC Championship January 12, 1992 Detroit Lions Win 41 10 RFK Stadium
55,585
4:15 PM CBS CBS
Super Bowl XXVI January 26, 1992 N Buffalo Bills Win 37 24 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
63,130
6:00 PM CBS CBS

Notes:

a All times are EASTERN time.

Playoff summaries

NFC Divisional Playoffs: vs Atlanta Falcons

NFC Championship Game: vs Detroit Lions

Super Bowl XXVI: vs Buffalo Bills

Roster

Defense
[2]
CB
Martin Mayhew
CB
Darrell Green
Offense
[3]
WR
Gary Clark
TE
Don Warren
LT LG C RG RT
Jim Lachey Raleigh McKenzie Jeff Bostic Mark Schlereth Joe Jacoby
TE
Ron Middleton
WR
Art Monk
Ricky Sanders
QB
Mark Rypien
Special Teams
PK Chip Lohmiller
PK Paul Tutsie
P Kelly Goodburn
KR Brian Mitchell
PR Brian Mitchell
RB
Earnest Byner
Ricky Ervins

Statistics

Passing

Player G Comp. Att. Pct. Yds. TD INT
Mark Rypien 16 249 421 59.1 3,564 28 11
Jeff Rutledge 16 11 22 50.0 189 1 0

Rushing

Player G Att. Yards Avg. TD
Earnest Byner 16 274 1,048 3.8 5
Ricky Ervins 15 145 680 4.7 3
Gerald Riggs 16 78 248 3.2 11

Receiving

Player G Rec. Yards Y/G Avg. TD
Art Monk 16 71 1,049 65.6 14.8 8
Gary Clark 16 70 1,340 83.8 19.1 10
Ricky Sanders 16 45 580 36.3 12.9 5
Earnest Byner 16 34 308 19.3 9.1 0
Ricky Ervins 16 16 181 11.3 11.3 1
Terry Orr 16 10 201 12.6 20.1 4

Kicking

Player FGM FGA Pct. XPM XPA Pct.
Chip Lohmiller 31 43 72.1 56 56 100.0

Awards and records

Milestones

  • 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;[16] 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 ever

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.[17] Football Outsiders also has them ranked as the best team in NFL history based on their advanced analysis.[18]

References

  1. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com: 1991 Washington Redskins
  2. ^ Chase, Chris. "Ranking all 49 Super Bowl champions, from best to worst". USA Today. Retrieved 30 January 2016.
  3. ^ Football Outsiders: 1991 DVOA Ratings and Commentary, published July 16, 2012, spanning 1991–2011 seasons.
  4. ^ [1] Team Efficiency Ratings 1991
  5. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com: 1991 NFL Leaders and Leaderboards
  6. ^ Pro-Football-Reference: 1991 Washington Redskins
  7. ^ As of 2011 season
  8. ^ The Redskins previously won the Super Bowl after the 1982 and 1987 seasons, both shortened by strikes
  9. ^ Joe Theismann, Doug Williams and Mark Rypien
  10. ^ ESPN.com, Page 2 – The List: Greatest NFL teams of all time, 2007
  11. ^ Football Outsiders: 1991 DVOA Ratings and Commentary, published July 16, 2012, spanning 1991–2011 seasons.
  12. ^ Washington Redskins 1991 Press Guide. pp. 3–36.
  13. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2015-May-31.
  14. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2016-May-18.
  15. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2016-May-18.
  16. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WKc36GyGS0E
  17. ^ http://promo.espn.go.com/espn/promotions/nfl/superleague/?gameId=121 "Redskins win on dramatic final play"
  18. ^ http://www.footballoutsiders.com/dvoa-ratings/2014/historical-dvoa-estimates

External links

List of NFC champions

The National Football Conference (NFC) is one of two conferences within the National Football League (NFL), the American Football Conference (AFC) being the other. Prior to 1970, there were two separate professional football leagues, the National Football League and the American Football League (AFL). In 1970, the AFL merged with the NFL. As part of the merger, the former AFL teams, plus three former NFL teams (the Baltimore Colts, the Cleveland Browns and the Pittsburgh Steelers), were placed into the AFC. The remaining former NFL teams were placed in the NFC. As of the 2018 season only the Detroit Lions have not won an NFC championship.

Scoring summary
Q16:37DALNovacek 3 yard pass from Aikman (Willis kick)DAL 7–0
Q110:13WSHJohnson 3 yard pass from Rypien (Lohmiller kick)Tie 7–7
Q111:12DALSmith 75 yard run (Willis kick)DAL 14–7
Q20:45WSHLohmiller 37 yard field goalDAL 14–10
Q29:18DALSmith 5 yard pass from Aikman (Willis kick)DAL 21–10
Q210:42WSHMonk 37 yard pass from Rypien (Lohmiller kick)DAL 21–17
Q214:52WSHLohmiller 52 yard field goalDAL 21–20
Q33:07WSHLohmiller 45 yard field goalWSH 23–21
Q38:52DALWillis 51 yard field goalDAL 24–23
Q42:12WSHRiggs 1 yard run (Lohmiller kick)WSH 30–24
Q49:21WSHLohmiller 46 yard field goalWSH 33–24
Q414:58DALIrvin 6 yard pass from Aikman (Willis kick)WSH 33–31
Scoring summary
Q16:25NYGAllegre 23 yard field goalNYG 3–0
Q113:40NYGHampton 1 yard run Allegre kick)NYG 10–0
Q213:20NYGAllegre 36 yard field goalNYG 13–0
Q314:18WSHClark 7 yard pass from Rypien (Lohmiller kick)NYG 13–7
Q42:10WSHClark 54 yard pass from Rypien (Lohmiller kick)WSH 14–13
Q414:09WSHLohmiller 35 yard field goalWSH 17–13
Scoring summary
Q20:48WSHLohmiller 21 yard field goalWSH 3–0
Q213:00HOUHowfield 24 yard field goalTie 3–3
Q214:57HOUHowfield 23 yard field goalHOU 6–3
Q314:40WSHLohmiller 20 yard field goalTie 6–6
Q40:50WSHByner 23 yard run (Lohmiller kick)WSH 13–6
Q413:18HOUWhite 1 yard run (Howfield kick)Tie 13–13
Q54:01WSHLohmiller 41 yard field goalWSH 16–13
Regular Season summaries
Week 1: vs Detroit Lions

Week 11: vs Atlanta Falcons

Week 11: Atlanta Falcons at Washington Redskins
1 2 34Total
Falcons 3 0 14017
Redskins 7 21 72156

at RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C

Scoring summary
Quarter Time Drive Team Scoring information Score
Plays Yards TOP ATL WSH
1 9:52 ATL 31-yard field goal by Norm Johnson 3 0
1 5:43 WSH Terry Orr 9-yard touchdown reception from Mark Rypien, Chip Lohmiller kick good 3 7
2 7:28 WSH Gary Clark 61-yard touchdown reception from Mark Rypien, Chip Lohmiller kick good 3 14
2 1:55 WSH Mark Rypien 4-yard touchdown run, Chip Lohmiller kick good 3 21
2 0:37 WSH Gary Clark 19-yard touchdown reception from Mark Rypien, Chip Lohmiller kick good 3 28
3 14:41 ATL Michael Haynes 75-yard touchdown reception from Billy Joe Tolliver, Norm Johnson kick good 10 28
3 12:18 ATL Andre Rison 15-yard touchdown reception from Billy Joe Tolliver, Norm Johnson kick good 17 28
3 10:13 WSH Art Monk 19-yard touchdown reception from Mark Rypien, Chip Lohmiller kick good 17 35
4 12:12 WSH Gary Clark 82-yard touchdown reception from Mark Rypien, Chip Lohmiller kick good 17 42
4 10:00 WSH Art Monk 64-yard touchdown reception from Mark Rypien, Chip Lohmiller kick good 17 49
4 0:52 WSH Interception returned 15 yards for touchdown by Andre Collins, Chip Lohmiller kick good 17 56
"TOP" = time of possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football. 17 56
Scoring summary
Quarter Time Drive Team Scoring information Score
Plays Yards TOP ATL WSH
2 12:36 WSH Ricky Ervins 17-yard touchdown run, Chip Lohmiller kick good 0 7
2 9:25 WSH Gerald Riggs 2-yard touchdown run, Chip Lohmiller kick good 0 14
2 0:57 ATL Tracy Johnson 1-yard touchdown run, Norm Johnson kick good 7 14
3 6:54 WSH 24-yard field goal by Chip Lohmiller 7 17
4 6:32 WSH Gerald Riggs 1-yard touchdown run, Chip Lohmiller kick good 7 24
"TOP" = time of possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football. 7 24
Scoring summary
Quarter Time Drive Team Scoring information Score
Plays Yards TOP DET WSH
1 13:54 WSH Gerald Riggs 2-yard touchdown run, Chip Lohmiller kick good 0 7
1 11:58 WSH 20-yard field goal by Chip Lohmiller 0 10
2 12:35 DET Willie Green 18-yard touchdown reception from Erik Kramer, Eddie Murray kick good 7 10
2 7:44 WSH Gerald Riggs 3-yard touchdown run, Chip Lohmiller kick good 7 17
2 0:37 DET 30-yard field goal by Eddie Murray 10 17
3 11:52 WAS 28-yard field goal by Chip Lohmiller 10 20
3 2:23 WSH Gary Clark 45-yard touchdown reception from Mark Rypien, Chip Lohmiller kick good 10 27
4 10:45 WSH Art Monk 21-yard touchdown reception from Mark Rypien, Chip Lohmiller kick good 10 34
4 10:11 WSH Interception returned 32 yards for touchdown by Darrell Green, Chip Lohmiller kick good 10 41
"TOP" = time of possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football. 10 41
Scoring summary
Quarter Time Drive Team Scoring information Score
Plays Yards TOP WSH BUF
2 13:02 7 64 2:40 WSH 34-yard field goal by Chip Lohmiller 3 0
2 9:54 5 51 2:12 WSH Earnest Byner 10-yard touchdown reception from Mark Rypien, Chip Lohmiller kick good 10 0
2 7:17 5 55 2:18 WSH Gerald Riggs 1-yard touchdown run, Chip Lohmiller kick good 17 0
3 14:44 1 2 0:03 WSH Gerald Riggs 2-yard touchdown run, Chip Lohmiller kick good 24 0
3 11:59 11 77 2:45 BUF 21-yard field goal by Scott Norwood 24 3
3 5:58 6 56 2:19 BUF Thurman Thomas 1-yard touchdown run, Scott Norwood kick good 24 10
3 1:24 11 79 4:34 WSH Gary Clark 30-yard touchdown reception from Mark Rypien, Chip Lohmiller kick good 31 10
4 14:54 4 7 0:57 WSH 25-yard field goal by Chip Lohmiller 34 10
4 11:36 5 11 2:30 WSH 39-yard field goal by Chip Lohmiller 37 10
4 5:59 15 79 5:37 BUF Pete Metzelaars 2-yard touchdown reception from Jim Kelly, Scott Norwood kick good 37 17
4 3:55 9 50 2:04 BUF Don Beebe 4-yard touchdown reception from Jim Kelly, Scott Norwood kick good 37 24
"TOP" = time of possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football. 37 24
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