1994 Washington Redskins season
Head coachNorv Turner
Home fieldRFK Stadium
Results
Record3–13
Division place5th NFC East
Playoff finishDid not qualify

The 1994 Washington Redskins season was the franchise's 63rd season in the National Football League (NFL) and their 58th in Washington, D.C.

The Redskins' 3–13 season was the worst record the team had posted since 1961, and the fewest wins they have ever gained in a 16-game season, an ignominy later matched by their 2013 and 2019 seasons. The team was decimated by the onset of the modern salary cap and free agency system. The Redskins were forced to depend on younger and untested players at many key positions.

The season marked the hiring of head coach Norv Turner, who would spend the next six seasons coaching the Redskins.

In addition to going winless at RFK in 1994, Turner's first season in Washington saw the team lose at home to the Falcons for the first time. Prior to the Falcons' 27–20 victory in Week 4, Atlanta had been 0–10 against the Redskins at RFK. This included a 24–7 loss to the Redskins during Washington's most recent championship season.[1]

Offseason

NFL Draft

Main article: 1994 NFL Draft

1994 Washington Redskins draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 3 Heath Shuler  Quarterback Tennessee
2 31 Tre' Johnson *  Offensive tackle Temple
3 68 Tydus Winans  Wide receiver Fresno State
3 97 Joe Patton  Guard Alabama A&M
4 105 Kurt Haws  Tight end Utah
6 163 Dexter Nottage  Defensive end Florida A&M
7 197 Gus Frerotte *  Quarterback Tulsa
      Made roster    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

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Personnel

Staff

1994 Washington Redskins staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

  • Strength – Dan Riley
  • Assistant Strength – Jason Arapoff

Roster

1994 Washington Redskins roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad


Rookies in italics

Regular season

The Redskins not only finished with the second worst record in 1994 at 3–13, just behind the 2–14 Oilers, but also suffered their worst 16–game season in terms of wins, although this would later be tied in 2013 and 2019. The Redskins suffered nine of their thirteen defeats by less than a full touchdown and only the two defeats to the Dallas Cowboys came by more than 20 points. All three of the Redskins' wins are on the road; the team failed to win a home game all season, going 0–8 when playing at RFK, including their biggest low point, losing to Atlanta for their first ever home loss to that team in eleven games. The Redskins also went 0–8 in division games: their three wins comprised two against NFC West rivals and one against the Colts. This would be Norv Turner's first of seven season's coaching the Redskins.

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Attendance Game
recap
1 September 4 Seattle Seahawks L 7–28 0–1 RFK Stadium 52,930 Recap
2 September 11 at New Orleans Saints W 38–24 1–1 Louisiana Superdome 58,049 Recap
3 September 18 at New York Giants L 23–31 1–2 Giants Stadium 77,298 Recap
4 September 25 Atlanta Falcons L 20–27 1–3 RFK Stadium 53,238 Recap
5 October 2 Dallas Cowboys L 7–34 1–4 RFK Stadium 55,394 Recap
6 October 9 at Philadelphia Eagles L 17–21 1–5 Veterans Stadium 63,947 Recap
7 October 16 Arizona Cardinals L 16–19(OT) 1–6 RFK Stadium 50,019 Recap
8 October 23 at Indianapolis Colts W 41–27 2–6 RCA Dome 57,879 Recap
9 October 30 Philadelphia Eagles L 29–31 2–7 RFK Stadium 53,530 Recap
10 November 6 San Francisco 49ers L 22–37 2–8 RFK Stadium 54,335 Recap
11 Bye
12 November 20 at Dallas Cowboys L 7–31 2–9 Texas Stadium 64,644 Recap
13 November 27 New York Giants L 19–21 2–10 RFK Stadium 43,384 Recap
14 December 4 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 21–26 2–11 Tampa Stadium 45,121 Recap
15 December 11 at Arizona Cardinals L 15–17 2–12 Sun Devil Stadium 53,790 Recap
16 December 18 Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 14–17 2–13 RFK Stadium 47,315 Recap
17 December 24 at Los Angeles Rams W 24–21 3–13 Anaheim Stadium 25,705 Recap
Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.

Standings

NFC East
W L T PCT PF PA STK
(2) Dallas Cowboys 12 4 0 .750 414 248 L1
New York Giants 9 7 0 .563 279 305 W6
Arizona Cardinals 8 8 0 .500 235 267 L1
Philadelphia Eagles 7 9 0 .438 308 308 L7
Washington Redskins 3 13 0 .188 320 412 W1

References

  1. ^ "All Matchups, Atlanta Falcons vs. Washington Football Team".
  2. ^ "1994 Washington Redskins Draftees". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved January 28, 2014.