As the final seconds ticked off the clock in the Redskins' playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks, fans in Washington had reason to be happy. The team had reached the postseason for the first time in years behind a solid defense and an offense that had made huge strides.
The Redskins ranked 11th in the league in total offense last year, but still had plenty of room for improvement, especially in the passing game. Washington finished seventh in the league in rushing but only 21st in passing, preventing the team from going deeper into the playoffs.
Joe Gibbs was looking for a way to upgrade his offense. His first move was to hire former Chiefs offensive coordinator Al Saunders and give him control of the Redskins offense. To improve the wide receiving corps, Gibbs signed free agent Antwaan Randle El of the Pittsburgh Steelers and made a trade for San Francisco's Brandon Lloyd.