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Points tell the ugly truth about the 2013 Redskins

Dec 9, 2013, 1:02 PM EDT


It looks like coaching change is on the way for the Redskins. The reason on the surface is the complex relationship between Mike Shanahan, Dan Snyder, and Robert Griffin III.

But that is just a surface issue. The real problem that is likely to cost Mike Shanahan his job is the fact that in Year 4 of his coaching tenure the Redskins are one of the worst teams in the NFL.

There are issues on offense, defense, and special teams. And there will be plenty of time to delve into each of those areas in detail when the season is over. But let’s take a quick look at the bottom line—point scored and given up.

The Redskins have been outscored by 128 points this season, a margin of 9.8 points per game. Only the Jacksonville Jaguars have been outscored by more points (171) and they have a better record.

They haven’t been very good scoring points (279, 21.5/game, 23rd in the NFL). But where they have had major issues giving up points. They have given up 407 points (31.3/game), worst in the NFL.

It should be noted that points allowed is not all on the defense. As we saw against the Chiefs yesterday special teams have a good amount of responsibility as well. And the Redskins offense not operating at anywhere near peak efficiency is not helping field position. Neither are the 22 turnovers.

If it doesn’t improve in the final three games, their point differential will be the team’s worst since the 1970 merger. Things were supposed to be much better now than they were under Jim Zorn, Shanahan’s predecessor. But in his two seasons the Redskins were outscored by 31 and 70 points (h/t @nathanfenno). You can do the math and compare it to this year’s performance

Whether the fault lies with offense, defense, or special teams it’s all the responsibility of Mike Shanahan. He said to blame him for yesterday:

I take full responsibility for this game today.  I didn’t have the players ready to play. I thought they were ready to play. We did, obviously, horrendous on special teams. We gave up big play after big play. We didn’t tackle like we normally tackle on defense. Offensively, we did a couple of good things, [but] couldn’t get anything going in the second half. I will put that all on me.”

We will see if he will be held responsible for this entire season gone wrong.

  1. rhinochaserdesign - Dec 9, 2013 at 3:22 PM

    RG3 thinks he knows everything already. He doesn’t want to listen to his coaches. Snyder has a documented history (Portis) of being too buddy-buddy with his players. And preferential treatment is detrimental to a team mentality.

    To me, Griffin comes across as a spoiled little know-it-all brat. Even last year, his throwing was mediocre at best. Our receivers were making spectacular, highlight reel catches last year at the right times – covering up Griffins’ weaknesses. But, because of the success from last year, Griffin assumes he knows it all.

    Shanahans’ biggest weakness is stubborness. Look at the game plan for this year. You think the focus from running the ball last year to throwing the ball this year was just because we’re in catch-up mode? NOPE. The Shanahans’ purposefully placed the onus on Griffin to highlight how much he doesn’t know. Spiteful? Yes. But do you blame him? With both the owner and the QB against you, what are your options?

    It’s for these reasons that Shanahan won’t be here next year. And I feel bad for him. And for us as Redskins fans. As long at Griffin is up Snyders butt, we won’t have a winning team. And as a life long Skins fan, I thought Snyder had finally learned his lesson. He obviously did not. And for this reason, we will have years and years for continued letdown. Griffin may become a bigger bust than Haynesworth.

    • Rich Tandler - Dec 10, 2013 at 6:08 AM

      Hey, do me a favor is you’re going to make a statement like that. Please send me the links to, say, two highlight-reel catches Redskins receivers made for Griffin last year. Let me save you some time, you won’t find any. He was dead-solid accurate last year. This year, for whatever reasons, not so much. But he has shown that he’s capable of completing 65 percent of his passes without the help of spectacular catches.

      Feel free to be critical of Griffin all you want but if you want any credibility here, stick with the facts.

      • clp5150 - Dec 11, 2013 at 12:18 PM


        Based on another article that I was reading today…do you really think it takes a solid year to get your swag back from a player that had this type of injury?

        • Rich Tandler - Dec 12, 2013 at 5:17 AM

          All cases are different. Other QB’s who had ACL’s seemed to bounce back better the next year. But all of them had several years under their belts and likely were not as hindered by the lack of an offseason than Griffin was.

          We’ll see. The one good thing about this benching drama is that we won’t have to face offseason QB injury drama for eight months after the season ends.

  2. aprilwalker2013 - Dec 10, 2013 at 2:17 PM

    I just hate this entire mess!! I don’t know what the problem is so I’m gonna take your word for it but it seems to me the defense has been on the field the entire year! Maybe the best D in league could hold up that way but not ours. I also think, there is plenty of blame to go around here, even on QB1. Give him a tiny pass because it’s obivious to me he’s not the same guy that stole our hearts last year! I’ve been a fan since I was 10 yrs old! I’m 46 now, so that’s a long time and have seen some bad things but can’t remember when seen it this bad! Love this team and always will, just such a disappointing year, it’s just sad! HTTR

    • manchild157 - Dec 10, 2013 at 3:19 PM

      Hi April- the Redskin offense has been on the field for an average of 31:13 minutes a game and our opponents offense have been on the field for 29:14 minutes a game. The offense has only scored 34 tds as opposed to 51 by our opposition. Problem is our special teams gives oppositions great field position then the defense can’t stop them from scoring. If you want more stats to make yous scratch your head about go here-

    • clp5150 - Dec 11, 2013 at 12:20 PM

      I concur with April…this season has been like snacking on a bag of razor blades. Worst that I’ve ever seen either. Archives

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