The Redskins finished 5-11 this season with an awful offense and an improving defense. Last year, the 49ers went 6-10 with an offense that had less total yards than this year’s Redskins team and an improving defense. This year, the 49ers went 13-3 and had less total offense than they did last year.
Their secret? Continuing to improve their defense and playing to your quarterback, who can take care of the football’s, strengths. The Redskins will likely have a new quarterback next year, whether its a rookie or a free agent, and he will have to be the Anti-Rex (limited turnovers). Along with the 49ers, the Broncos showed how this can be a successful system, and I will assume our quarterback will be more polished than Tim Tebow.
The 49ers relied on Frank Gore on the ground a lot this year. While the Redskins do not have a Franke Gore, we will have 3 running backs that seem to be more than serviceable in Hightower, Helu, and Royster. And we have the stud Vernon Davis-like tightend, Fred Davis!
One place I would say we are miles away from the 49ers this year is Graham Gano producing a year like David Akers and his record-breaking 44 field goals made (9 of which were over 50 yards).
Another obvious concern is our receiving core, but when looking at the 49ers, their top receiver Crabtree, only had 874 receptions and 4 touchdowns. Again, the key to following this model would be improving the defense and decreasing the turnovers.