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Where are we? The state of the Redskins, Week 16

Dec 18, 2014, 9:30 AM EDT

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Here is where the Redskins stand in Week 16 of the NFL season.

Record: 3-11
vs. NFC East: 1-3
vs. NFC: 1-9
vs. AFC: 2-2
Home: 2-4
Away: 1-7

Opposition cumulative record (all games played): 92-103
Opposition cumulative—wins: 14-28
Opposition cumulative—losses: 78-75
Record of teams remaining on schedule: 19-9

Rankings (through Sunday’s games)

Offense (yards/game): 358.6 (12th)
Defense (yards/game): 338.9 (10th)
Passer rating offense: 89.9 (18th)
Opp passer rating: 109.9 (32nd)
Yards/rush attempt: 4.3 (12th)
Opp. yards/rush attempt:
 3.9 (8th)
DVOA through Week 14 (Football Outsiders): -27.5% (29th)

Current playoff position: Eliminated
Current draft position:
5th

Season to date MVP’s

Offensive: As the teams’ offense craters (13 or fewer points scored in four of last five games), it’s getting harder and harder to pick an MVP. I think that Trent Williams showed his value by how badly the offensive line collapsed after he left the game with a shoulder injury.

Defensive: Ryan Kerrigan now has 12.5 sacks, the only playmaker on a defense that was supposed to be loaded with them. He has a chance to earn himself a pretty good contract after his option year in 2015.

Top three storylines:

Can Haslett survive?—Now it looks like Jay Gruden will be back but that doesn’t mean that there won’t be coaching staff changes. It’s hard to see defensive coordinator Jim Haslett returning and that puts the jobs of the entire defensive coaching staff in jeopardy. Some changes on the offensive side of the ball are possible as well.

Can RG3 get his mojo back?—Griffin will get his chance to make a statement going into 2015 with starts against two teams that are in the middle of the playoff hunt. He did some good things against the Giants but the flaws in his game were glaring. Gruden wants to see progress from him and he’ll get a shot at it.

Draft position—Yes, this is where we’ve come, to paraphrase Pierre Garçon. We’re monitoring the Jaguars and Titans game to see who joins the Redskins in the three-win club. Right now the Redskins are fifth.

Final two games

Saturday vs. Eagles (9-4)—The two teams looked evenly matched when they met in Philly in Week 3 but that turned out to be an illusion. Add in the fact that the Eagles will be fighting for their playoff lives and this Saturday afternoon contest has the potential to get ugly.

Dec 28 vs. Cowboys (9-4)—The organization’s worst nightmare could unfold here as the Cowboys could need a win to get into the playoffs and disinterested Redskins fans could sell their tickets to fans of the other team. FedEx Field could turn into AT&T Stadium North.

  1. clayton268921 - Dec 18, 2014 at 10:22 AM

    Hey Rich, think there is any chance, if for some reason orakpo comes back on a team friendly deal, they would move him to MLB? I know its crazy but Rak never turned out to be the guy we thought he would as a rushers and clay matthews might be even better at MLB than he was at OLB. What are your thoughts or anyone elses?

    • Rich Tandler - Dec 18, 2014 at 10:35 AM

      I don’t see it. He’s never played it in his life, not sure why he’d have any interest in doing so now.

      > > >

      • greed - Dec 19, 2014 at 2:12 PM

        rich if new D.C. is hired what about rak as a 4-3 end ithink it his more natural posistion or pissibly weakside lb or is he even in the skins plans for next yr

        • Rich Tandler - Dec 19, 2014 at 2:54 PM

          I see no reason why Orakpo would want to stick around here to play end or any other position. I think the best thing for both sides is for Rak to get a fresh start in another city.

          > > >

    • goback2rfk - Dec 18, 2014 at 10:42 AM

      No deal is worth bringing Orakpo back

      • bangkokben - Dec 18, 2014 at 4:06 PM

        That is just not true. We were saying the same thing about Narcissus, er Laron Landry. We haven’t come close to replacing his ‘disappointing’ production. Bottom line: Orakpo’s production has been disappointing but to think that it will be easy to replace is delusional.

  2. alextwrs - Dec 18, 2014 at 11:41 AM

    Orakpo’s foot work and lack of coverage skills would not suit him at MLB…………….not by a long shot. I have implied that he should have had his hand in the dirt with a 4-3 system. He has one move a bull rush and felt he was good enough to not diversify his repertoire. Get rid of him.

  3. alextwrs - Dec 18, 2014 at 11:43 AM

    The really sad part about the offensive MVP is he hasnt suited up for 4 weeks. Yes Kirk Cousins is our MVP. When you shout DJAX please keep in mind that most of his production came when Kirk was slinging it. Kirk put up numbers not wins right. How was the defense during those games.

    • bangkokben - Dec 18, 2014 at 4:15 PM

      Good enough to win against Tennessee and Arizona. Fell apart after D. Hall went out against Philly. Couldn’t do Jack against NYG and got boot to death by Russell Wilson as if the guy had never run a boot in his life.

      BTW, only win was when Colt came in against the Titans. Cousins had a chance to beat the Cardinals in AZ but alas the pick 6 undid him for the year.

  4. charmerci - Dec 18, 2014 at 12:00 PM

    “It’s hard to see defensive coordinator Jim Haslett returning…”

    Hey! Some good news!

  5. colmac69 - Dec 18, 2014 at 12:52 PM

    Talking bout philly game I watched first half of wk3 match…..to c offense march up and dwn field in first half showed potential this offense has……

    As for sat I got gut feeling that we might knock eagles off especially if we get same effort and commitment as giants game and o-line holds up (line actually played well in first half before they collapsed in second half)…….then again I maybe just be barking up wrong tree!!!!!

    • goback2rfk - Dec 18, 2014 at 1:38 PM

      You barking up the wrong tree homie. Those eagles are going to be desperate for a win in a season do or die moment. Playoffs still much on the line for them. I believe the Skins will try and keep it competitive but Lesean McCoy might go for 200+ all purpose yards. I can see this game quickly getting out of hand.

      • bangkokben - Dec 18, 2014 at 4:26 PM

        Goback,

        You’re probably right. However, ‘we’ always seem to give McCoy a concussion and Mark Sanchez is playing. So which force of ugliness will eventually prevail? The real Mark Sanchez or the Redskin Defense with a we-make-every-quarterback-look-like-a-hall-of-famer passer rating.

        • goback2rfk - Dec 18, 2014 at 6:27 PM

          I think Mark Sanchez will have better stats than RG3 on this one. I think the Eagles defense is better than what they are credited for also.

  6. ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Dec 18, 2014 at 2:45 PM

    State of:

    1) Confusion
    2) Denia
    3) Anger
    4) Not in Kansas Anymore
    ~

  7. bangkokben - Dec 18, 2014 at 4:42 PM

    As much as everyone wants Haslet to go. I think the argument could be made that says he’s gotten as much as the talent on the field has allowed. Every year there are multiple injuries and very little depth. The redskins have also been consistently stout against the run.

    But here is the crux of the problem. Even if the defense takes away the run, it cannot defend the pass. For two years in row opponents’ quarterbacks have feasted on our secondary.

    Whoever the next coordinator and whatever the system they have got to focus on bringing the passer rating down.

    • goback2rfk - Dec 18, 2014 at 8:08 PM

      I can not believe Haz has made it this far. He is definitely outta there. No way RG3, Gruden, and Haz all make it to next year. Someone has to go to make room for the people that are going to turn this disaster of an organization around.

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