2004 Washington Redskins season
Head coachJoe Gibbs
Home fieldFedExField
Results
Record6–10
Division place4th NFC East
Playoff finishDid not qualify

The 2004 season was the Washington Redskins' 73rd in the National Football League. Although they improved on their 5–11 record from 2003 to 6–10, they finished bottom of their division and missed the playoffs for the fifth straight year. The season saw Joe Gibbs come out of retirement to return as head coach. The team acquired running back Clinton Portis in a trade that sent Champ Bailey to the Denver Broncos in the 2004 offseason. Week 8 marked the first time since 1932 that the U.S. presidential election went against the Redskins Rule.

Offseason

Free agency

Player Former team
Marcus Washington Indianapolis Colts
Shawn Springs Seattle Seahawks
Cornelius Griffin New York Giants
Phillip Daniels Chicago Bears
Player New team
Lional Dalton Kansas City Chiefs
Jeremiah Trotter Philadelphia Eagles
Peppi Zellner Arizona Cardinals
Regan Upshaw New York Giants

Trades

March 4, 2004
To Washington Redskins
Clinton Portis
To Denver Broncos
Champ Bailey
2nd Rd. Draft Pick (2004) (Tatum Bell)

Staff

2004 Washington Redskins staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

  • Special teams – Danny Smith
  • Quality control special teams/defensive assistant – Kirk Olivadotti

Strength and conditioning

  • Strength and conditioning – John Dunn
  • Assistant strength and conditioning – John Hastings
  • Assistant strength and conditioning – Bobby Crumpler

NFL Draft

Main article: 2004 NFL Draft

2004 Washington Redskins draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 5 Sean Taylor *  S Miami (FL)
3 81 Chris Cooley *  TE Utah State
5 151 Mark Wilson  OT California
6 180 Jim Molinaro  OT Notre Dame
      Made roster    †   Pro Football Hall of Fame    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

Final roster

2004 Washington Redskins final roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists



Practice squad


Rookies in italics
53 active

Regular season

Due to the addition of the Houston Texans in 2002 and a subsequent change to the NFL's scheduling formula,[1] the 2004 season was the first time since 1991 that the Redskins played the Cincinnati Bengals; the Bengals won the game, the first time they had done so at the Redskins.[2]

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Attendance
1 September 12 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 16–10 1–0 FedExField 90,098
2 September 19 at New York Giants L 14–20 1–1 Giants Stadium 78,767
3 September 27 Dallas Cowboys L 18–21 1–2 FedExField 90,367
4 October 3 at Cleveland Browns L 13–17 1–3 Cleveland Browns Stadium 73,348
5 October 10 Baltimore Ravens L 10–17 1–4 FedExField 90,287
6 October 17 at Chicago Bears W 13–10 2–4 Soldier Field 61,985
7 Bye
8 October 31 Green Bay Packers L 14–28 2–5 FedExField 89,295
9 November 7 at Detroit Lions W 17–10 3–5 Ford Field 62,657
10 November 14 Cincinnati Bengals L 10–17 3–6 FedExField 87,786
11 November 21 at Philadelphia Eagles L 6–28 3–7 Lincoln Financial Field 67,720
12 November 28 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 7–16 3–8 Heinz Field 63,707
13 December 5 New York Giants W 31–7 4–8 FedExField 87,872
14 December 12 Philadelphia Eagles L 14–17 4–9 FedExField 90,089
15 December 18 at San Francisco 49ers W 26–16 5–9 Monster Park 65,710
16 December 26 at Dallas Cowboys L 10–13 5–10 Texas Stadium 63,705
17 January 2 Minnesota Vikings W 21–18 6–10 FedExField 78,876

Game summaries

Week 2

1 234Total
Redskins 7 007 14
• Giants 0 2000 20
  • Date: September 19
  • Location: Giants Stadium
  • Game start: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Elapsed time: 3:11
  • Game attendance: 78,767
  • Game weather: 62°F; wind 16
  • Referee: Tom White
  • Television network: Fox

[3]

Standings

NFC East
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(1) Philadelphia Eagles 13 3 0 .813 6–0 11–1 386 260 L2
New York Giants 6 10 0 .375 3–3 5–7 303 347 W1
Dallas Cowboys 6 10 0 .375 2–4 5–7 293 405 L1
Washington Redskins 6 10 0 .375 1–5 6–6 240 265 W1

References