Last season marked the second year of the Mike Shanahan era and with it came another losing endeavor. The Redskins finished 5-11, one game worse than the previous season's mark. While that record appears to be a step backward on paper, the team actually made big improvements in personnel. The 2011 draft paid early dividends for a team that's routinely the oldest in the league. On offense, Roy Helu Jr. and Evan Royster proved that they can produce at the NFL level. The defensive side of the ball was fortified by standout first-rounder Ryan Kerrigan and contributions from DeJon Gomes and Chris Neild. Moreover, the team avoided the sort of locker room issues that clouded 2010, as Shanahan only kept focused and motivated football players around.
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