2011 Washington Redskins season

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2011 Washington Redskins season
Head coach Mike Shanahan
General manager Bruce Allen
Owner Daniel Snyder
Home field FedEx Field
Results
Record 5–11
Division place 4th NFC East
Playoff finish Did not qualify
Pro Bowlers 59 London Fletcher LB
Uniform
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Timeline
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The 2011 Washington Redskins season was the 79th season for the team in the National Football League (NFL) and their 74th representing the District of Columbia (Washington, D.C.). Their home games were played at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland for the 15th consecutive year. Washington played in the Eastern division of the National Football Conference (NFC). The Redskins failed to improve on their 2010 record of 6–10, but did manage to defeat the New York Giants, the eventual Super Bowl champions, twice in the regular season, becoming only the sixth team to do so (the 1969 Oakland Raiders, 1983 Seattle Seahawks, 1995 Washington Redskins, 2002 New Orleans Saints, and 2007 Dallas Cowboys, also against the Giants, being the others).

Offseason[edit]

2011 NFL Draft[edit]

Main article: 2011 NFL Draft

The Redskins finished the 2010 season with a record of 6–10 and will be picking 6th overall.

Washington Redskins 2011 NFL Draft selections
Draft order Player name Position Height Weight College Contract Notes
Round Choice Overall
1 10 10 Traded to the Jacksonville Jaguars
1 16 16 Ryan Kerrigan Defensive End 6'3" 267 Purdue
2 9 41 Jarvis Jenkins Defensive Tackle 6'4" 310 Clemson
2 17 49 Traded to the Indianapolis Colts
3 8 72 Traded to the New Orleans Saints
3 15 79 Leonard Hankerson Wide Receiver 6'2" 209 Miami (Fl)
4 7 104 Traded to the Philadelphia Eagles
4 8 105 Roy Helu Running Back 6'0" 220 Nebraska
5 13 144 Traded to the Houston Texans
5 15 146 DeJon Gomes Safety 5'11" 208 Nebraska
5 21 152 Traded to the Houston Texans
5 24 155 Niles Paul Wide Receiver 6'1" 224 Nebraska
6 12 177 Evan Royster Running Back 6'1" 212 Penn State
6 13 178 Aldrick Robinson Wide Receiver 5'10" 176 Southern Methodist
7 10 213 Brandyn Thompson Cornerback 5'10" 188 Boise State
7 14 217 Maurice Hurt Offensive Tackle 6'3" 318 Florida
7 21 224 Markus White Defensive End 6'4" 266 Florida State
7 50 253 Chris Neild Defensive Tackle 6'2" 319 West Virginia

Transactions involving 2011 draft picks[edit]

  • The Redskins traded their first-round selection (#10 overall) to the Jacksonville Jaguars for its first-round selection (#16 overall) and a second-round selection (#49 overall).
  • The Redskins traded their third-round selection (#72 overall) and a 2012 conditional sixth-round selection to the New Orleans Saints in exchange for T Jammal Brown and a fifth-round selection (#155 overall).
  • The Redskins traded their fourth-round selection (#104 overall) and a 2010 second-round selection to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for QB Donovan McNabb.
  • The Redskins acquired a seventh-round selection in a trade that sent CB Justin Tryon to the Indianapolis Colts.
  • The Redskins received a seventh-round compensatory pick.

Preseason[edit]

Schedule[edit]

The Redskins' preseason schedule was announced on April 12, 2011. It was finalized on April 19, 2011.[1]

Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results Game site TV NFL.com
recap
Final score Team record
1 August 12 7:30 p.m. EDT Pittsburgh Steelers W 16–7 1–0 FedEx Field WRC Recap
2 August 19 7:00 p.m. EDT at Indianapolis Colts W 16–3 2–0 Lucas Oil Stadium WRC Recap
3 August 25 8:00 p.m. EDT at Baltimore Ravens L 31–34 2–1 M&T Bank Stadium ESPN Recap
4 September 1 7:30 p.m. EDT Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 29–24 3–1 FedEx Field Recap

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results Game site TV NFL.com
recap
Final score Team record
1 September 11 4:15 p.m. EDT New York Giants W 28–14 1–0 FedEx Field Fox Recap
2 September 18 1:00 p.m. EDT Arizona Cardinals W 22–21 2–0 FedEx Field Fox Recap
3 September 26 8:30 p.m. EDT at Dallas Cowboys L 16–18 2–1 Cowboys Stadium ESPN Recap
4 October 2 1:00 p.m. EDT at St. Louis Rams W 17–10 3–1 Edward Jones Dome Fox Recap
5 Bye
6 October 16 1:00 p.m. EDT Philadelphia Eagles L 13–20 3–2 FedEx Field Fox Recap
7 October 23 1:00 p.m. EDT at Carolina Panthers L 20–33 3–3 Bank of America Stadium Fox Recap
8 October 30 4:05 p.m. EDT at Buffalo Bills L 0–23 3–4 Rogers Centre (Toronto) Fox Recap
9 November 6 1:00 p.m. EST San Francisco 49ers L 11–19 3–5 FedEx Field Fox Recap
10 November 13 1:00 p.m. EST at Miami Dolphins L 9–20 3–6 Sun Life Stadium Fox Recap
11 November 20 1:00 p.m. EST Dallas Cowboys L 24–27 (OT) 3–7 FedEx Field Fox Recap
12 November 27 4:05 p.m. EST at Seattle Seahawks W 23–17 4–7 CenturyLink Field Fox Recap
13 December 4 1:00 p.m. EST New York Jets L 19–34 4–8 FedEx Field CBS Recap
14 December 11 1:00 p.m. EST New England Patriots L 27–34 4–9 FedEx Field CBS Recap
15 December 18 1:00 p.m. EST at New York Giants W 23–10 5–9 MetLife Stadium Fox Recap
16 December 24 1:00 p.m. EST Minnesota Vikings L 26–33 5–10 FedEx Field Fox Recap
17 January 1 1:00 p.m. EST at Philadelphia Eagles L 10–34 5–11 Lincoln Financial Field Fox Recap

LEGEND:

     Royal blue indicates that the Redskins were the visiting team in the Bills Toronto Series.

Game summaries[edit]

Week 1: vs. New York Giants[edit]

Week One: New York Giants at Washington Redskins – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Giants 7 7 0 0 14
Redskins 0 14 7 7 28

at FedEx Field, Landover, Maryland

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • NYG – Eli Manning – 18/32, 391 YDS, 0 TD, INT
  • WAS – Rex Grossman – 21/34, 305 YDS, 2 TD, 0 INT
Top rushers
  • NYG – Ahmad Bradshaw – 13 CAR, 44 YDS, TD
  • WAS – Tim Hightower – 25 CAR, 72 YDS, TD
Top receivers
  • NYG – Hakeem Nicks – 7 REC, 122 YDS
  • WAS – Fred Davis – 5 REC, 105 YDS
Top tacklers
  • NYG – Kenny Phillips – 5 TKL, 4 AST
  • WAS – Reed Doughty – 8 TKL, 2 AST

The Redskins opened the 2011 season at home against their division rival the New York Giants, to mark the tenth anniversary of September 11, 2001; both teams represented the cities that were targeted by the terrorists that day.[2]

With the win, the Redskins started their season at 1–0.

Week 2: vs. Arizona Cardinals[edit]

Week Two: Arizona Cardinals at Washington Redskins – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Cardinals 7 0 7 7 21
Redskins 0 10 0 12 22

at FedEx Field, Landover, Maryland

  • Date: September 18
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EDT
  • Game weather: 66°F (Cloudy)
  • Game attendance: 76,330
  • Referee: Pete Morelli
  • TV announcers (Fox): Chris Myers and Tim Ryan
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • ARI –
  • WAS –
Top rushers
  • ARI –
  • WAS –
Top receivers
  • ARI –
  • WAS –
Top tacklers
  • ARI –
  • WAS –

With the win, the Redskins improved to 2–0. This would be the last time the team would win a game at home until hosting the Minnesota Vikings during the middle of the 2012 season.

Week 3: at Dallas Cowboys[edit]

Week Three: Washington Redskins at Dallas Cowboys – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Redskins 6 3 7 0 16
Cowboys 3 6 3 6 18

at Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Texas

Game information
First quarter
  • WAS – Graham Gano 46-yard field goal, Redskins 3–0, Drive: 10 plays, 42 yards, 4:54.
  • DAL – Dan Bailey 41-yard field goal, Tied 3–3, Drive: 9 plays, 57 yards, 4:32.
  • WAS – Graham Gano 46-yard field goal, Redskins 6–3, Drive: 3 plays, 1 yard, 1:36.
Second quarter
  • DAL – Dan Bailey 27-yard field goal, Tied 6–6, Drive: 4 plays, 9 yards, 1:52.
  • DAL – Dan Bailey 32-yard field goal, Cowboys 9–6, Drive: 8 plays, 54 yards, 3:57.
  • WAS – Graham Gano 50-yard field goal, Tied 9–9, Drive: 10 plays, 48 yards, 2:25.
Third quarter
  • WAS – Tim Hightower 1-yard pass from Rex Grossman (Graham Gano kick), Redskins 16–9, Drive: 9 plays, 76 yards, 5:31.
  • DAL – Dan Bailey 41-yard field goal, Redskins 16–12, Drive: 7 plays, 57 yards, 3:41.
Fourth quarter
  • DAL – Dan Bailey 23-yard field goal, Redskins 16–15, Drive: 9 plays, 76 yards, 4:28.
  • DAL – Dan Bailey 40-yard field goal, Cowboys 18–16, Drive: 9 plays, 64 yards, 1:57.
Top passers
  • WAS – Rex Grossman – 22/37, 250 yards, 1 touchdown, 1 interception
  • DAL – Tony Romo – 22/36, 255 yards, 0 touchdowns, 1 interception
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

Coming off their home win over the Cardinals, the Redskins flew to Cowboys Stadium for a Week 3 NFC East duel with the Dallas Cowboys on Monday night. Washington threw the game's opening punch in the first quarter with a 46-yard field goal from kicker Graham Gano. The Cowboys answered with kicker Dan Bailey getting a 41-yard field goal, while the Redskins replied with Gano's 27-yard field goal. Dallas would take the lead in the second quarter as Bailey made a 27-yard and a 32-yard field goal, yet the Redskins closed out the half with Gano's 50-yard field goal.

Washington began the third quarter with quarterback Rex Grossman finding running back Tim Hightower on a 1-yard touchdown pass. The Cowboys would end the third quarter with Bailey making a 41-yard field goal. Dallas regained the lead in the fourth quarter with Bailey booting a 23-yard and a 40-yard field goal. The 'Skins tried to rally, but the Cowboys' defense held on to preserve the win.

With the loss, the Redskins fell to 2–1.

Week 4: at St. Louis Rams[edit]

Week Four: Washington Redskins at St. Louis Rams – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Redskins 7 7 3 0 17
Rams 0 0 0 10 10

at Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis, Missouri

  • Date: October 2
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EDT/12:00 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: Played indoors (dome stadium)
  • Game attendance: 56,113
  • Referee: Walt Coleman
  • TV announcers (Fox): Chris Myers & Tim Ryan
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • WAS –
  • STL –
Top rushers
  • WAS –
  • STL –
Top receivers
  • WAS –
  • STL –
Top tacklers
  • WAS –
  • STL –

With the win, the Redskins went into their bye week at 3–1.

Week 6: vs. Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

Week Six: Philadelphia Eagles at Washington Redskins – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Eagles 7 13 0 0 20
Redskins 0 3 3 7 13

at FedEx Field, Landover, Maryland

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

With the loss, the Redskins fell to 3–2.

Week 7: at Carolina Panthers[edit]

Week Seven: Washington Redskins at Carolina Panthers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Redskins 0 6 7 7 20
Panthers 3 6 14 10 33

at Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina

  • Date: October 23
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EDT
  • Game weather: 62°F (Sunny)
  • Game attendance: 73,245
  • Referee: Jerome Boger
  • TV announcers (Fox): Chris Myers and Tim Ryan
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • WAS –
  • CAR –
Top rushers
  • WAS –
  • CAR –
Top receivers
  • WAS –
  • CAR –
Top tacklers
  • WAS –
  • CAR –

With the loss, the Redskins fell to 3–3.

Week 8: at Buffalo Bills[edit]

Bills Toronto Series

Week Eight: Washington Redskins at Buffalo Bills – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Redskins 0 0 0 0 0
Bills 7 6 7 3 23

at Rogers Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • WAS –
  • BUF –
Top rushers
  • WAS –
  • BUF –
Top receivers
  • WAS –
  • BUF –
Top tacklers
  • WAS –
  • BUF –

With the loss, the Redskins fell to 3–4.

Week 9: vs. San Francisco 49ers[edit]

Week Nine: San Francisco 49ers at Washington Redskins – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 0 13 3 3 19
Redskins 0 3 0 8 11

at FedEx Field, Landover, Maryland

Game information
First quarter
 None
Second quarter
  • David Akers 52-yard Field Goal SF 3–0 12:43
  • David Akers 34-yard Field Goal SF 6–0 1:50
  • Bruce Miller 30-yard pass from Alex Smith (David Akers kick) SF 13–0 1:03
  • Graham Gano 59-yard Field Goal SF 13–3 00:00
Third quarter
  • David Akers 45-yard Field Goal SF 16–3 4:23
Fourth quarter
  • David Akers 20-yard Field Goal

Although the Redskins lost and fell to 3–5, it was during this game that kicker Graham Gano made a 59 yard field goal, which set an all time Washington Redskin franchise record.[3]

Week 10: at Miami Dolphins[edit]

Week Ten: Washington Redskins at Miami Dolphins – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Redskins 3 3 3 0 9
Dolphins 7 3 3 7 20

at Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida

  • Date: November 13
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 79°F (Mostly Cloudy)
  • Game attendance: 57,007
  • Referee: Carl Cheffers
  • TV announcers (Fox): Chris Myers & Tim Ryan
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • WAS –
  • MIA –
Top rushers
  • WAS –
  • MIA –
Top receivers
  • WAS –
  • MIA –
Top tacklers
  • WAS –
  • MIA –

With the loss, the Redskins fell to 3–6.

Week 11: vs. Dallas Cowboys[edit]

Week Eleven: Dallas Cowboys at Washington Redskins – Game summary
1 2 3 4 OT Total
Cowboys 7 3 0 14 3 27
Redskins 0 14 3 7 0 24

at FedEx Field, Landover, Maryland

  • Date: November 20
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 60°F (Cloudy)
  • Game attendance: 80,122
  • Referee: Ed Hochuli
  • TV announcers (Fox): Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston and Tony Siragusa
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • DAL –
  • WAS –
Top rushers
  • DAL –
  • WAS –
Top receivers
  • DAL –
  • WAS –
Top tacklers
  • DAL –
  • WAS –

With the loss, the Redskins fell to 3–7.

Week 12: at Seattle Seahawks[edit]

Week Twelve: Washington Redskins at Seattle Seahawks – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Redskins 7 0 0 16 23
Seahawks 0 7 3 7 17

at CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Washington

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • WAS –
  • SEA –
Top rushers
  • WAS –
  • SEA –
Top receivers
  • WAS –
  • SEA –
Top tacklers
  • WAS –
  • SEA –

With the win, the Redskins improved to 4–7 and snapped their 6-game losing streak.

Week 13: vs. New York Jets[edit]

Week Thirteen: New York Jets at Washington Redskins – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Jets 7 3 3 21 34
Redskins 7 6 0 6 19

at FedEx Field, Landover, Maryland

  • Date: December 4
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 53°F (Sunny)
  • Game attendance: 74,121
  • Referee: John Parry
  • TV announcers (CBS): Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • NYJ –
  • WAS –
Top rushers
  • NYJ –
  • WAS –
Top receivers
  • NYJ –
  • WAS –
Top tacklers
  • NYJ –
  • WAS –

With the loss, the Redskins fell to 4–8.

Week 14: vs. New England Patriots[edit]

Week Fourteen: New England Patriots at Washington Redskins – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Patriots 14 6 14 0 34
Redskins 10 10 7 0 27

at FedEx Field, Landover, Maryland

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • NE –
  • WAS –
Top rushers
  • NE –
  • WAS –
Top receivers
  • NE –
  • WAS –
Top tacklers
  • NE –
  • WAS –

With the loss, the Redskins fell to 4–9 and were officially eliminated from playoff contention.

Week 15: at New York Giants[edit]

Week Fifteen: Washington Redskins at New York Giants – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Redskins 3 14 3 3 23
Giants 0 3 0 7 10

at MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

  • Date: December 18
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 29°F (Sunny)
  • Game attendance: 78,861
  • Referee: Alberto Riveron
  • TV announcers (Fox): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman and Pam Oliver
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • WAS –
  • NYG –
Top rushers
  • WAS –
  • NYG –
Top receivers
  • WAS –
  • NYG –
Top tacklers
  • WAS –
  • NYG –

With the win, the Redskins improved to 5–9 and swept the Giants for the first time since 1999.

Week 16: vs. Minnesota Vikings[edit]

Week Sixteen: Minnesota Vikings at Washington Redskins – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Vikings 3 7 13 10 33
Redskins 0 10 10 6 26

at FedEx Field, Landover, Maryland

  • Date: December 24
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 45°F (Sunny)
  • Game attendance: 68,370
  • Referee: Tony Corrente
  • TV announcers (Fox): Chris Myers, Tim Ryan and Jaime Maggio
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • MIN –
  • WAS –
Top rushers
  • MIN –
  • WAS –
Top receivers
  • MIN –
  • WAS –
Top tacklers
  • MIN –
  • WAS –

With the loss, the Redskins fell to 5–10.

Week 17: at Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

Week Seventeen: Washington Redskins at Philadelphia Eagles – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Redskins 0 0 7 3 10
Eagles 3 7 3 21 34

at Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • WAS –
  • PHI –
Top rushers
  • WAS –
  • PHI –
Top receivers
  • WAS –
  • PHI –
Top tacklers
  • WAS –
  • PHI –

With the loss, the Redskins finished the season 5–11.

Final standings[edit]

NFC East
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(4) New York Giants 9 7 0 .562 3–3 5–7 394 400 W2
Philadelphia Eagles 8 8 0 .500 5–1 6–6 396 328 W4
Dallas Cowboys 8 8 0 .500 2–4 6–6 372 347 L2
Washington Redskins 5 11 0 .313 2–4 5–7 288 367 L2

Staff[edit]

Washington Redskins 2011 staff
Front Office

Head Coaches

Offensive Coaches

 

Defensive Coaches

Special Teams Coaches

Strength and Conditioning

Coaching Assistants

Final roster[edit]

2011 Washington Redskins final roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Chris Cooley Fred Davis

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad


Rookies in italics
53 Active, 11 Inactive, 8 Practice squad

References[edit]

External links[edit]