With the Washington Redskins only 14 days away from opening training camp at the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center in Richmond, Redskins Blog takes a quick look back at former quarterback Brad Johnson’s fantastic 1999 season.
The Redskins entered the 1999 season with one of the most talented rosters in the NFL, but with a new quarterback leading the way in Brad Johnson, questions floated around as to how long it would take for the offense to gel under his leadership.
The only question that remained at the Week 5 bye, though, was how many defenses Johnson was going to befuddle by season’s end.
Through Weeks 1-4, Johnson threw nine touchdowns and zero interceptions. In Week 2 vs. the New York Giants, he tossed a trio of touchdown passes in a 50-21 victory. It was the most points scored by the Redskins since they poured 56 on the Atlanta Falcons in Week 11 of the 1991 season.
In Week 4, Johnson threw four touchdown passes, two each to Michael Westbrook and Albert Connell, in a thrilling 38-36 victory over the Carolina Panthers.
After pacing the Redskins to eight wins, to include five against NFC East foes, through 14 games, Johnson and Co. entered San Francisco in Week 16 with a chance to take the NFC East.
They did just that in a dramatic overtime victory.
Johnson would finish the season with 4,005 passing yards and 24 touchdowns and led the Redskins to the Divisional Round of the playoffs.
In 2013, he told a local outlet that 1999 was about as fun as it gets on the field.
“1999 was a fun year.It was a childhood dream for me because I was a big Redskins fan as a kid.”
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