There’s no shame in the Washington Redskins losing 24-14 to the Seattle Seahawks in their NFC Wild Card game. The 2012 Redskins provided some great moments on their way to an improbable NFC East title, and the playoff berth that came with it. Sensational rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III was responsible for many of those moments, as well as the resurgence of the Redskins’ franchise.
Unfortunately, Griffin III was not the same electrifying player he once was since his right knee injury suffered against the Baltimore Ravens. He wore a big, bulky brace that affected his mobility, thus rendering him ineffective in the biggest game in Redskins’ recent history. Nevertheless, Griffin III put forth his best effort in an attempt to guide Washington to the NFC Divisional game against the Atlanta Falcons.
The fact is, Seattle is a much better team right now than Washington. Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has had a comparable season to Griffin III, with less fanfare. Running back Marshawn Lynch is one of the league’s better running backs. Wide receivers Golden Tate and Sidney Rice are solid, if not spectacular, on the outside.
The Seattle defense has been remarkable in 2012. Cornerback Richard Sherman has a reputation for trash talking. However, his eight interceptions were tied for second in the NFL in 2012, proving he has the skill to back up his talking. Seattle safety Earl Thomas, elected to the 2013 NFL Pro Bowl, proved his prowess by intercepting a Griffin III pass to end a Washington drive.
Another thing to consider is the Redskins’ recent history of football futility, which had reduced this once proud franchise to irrelevant status in the NFL. Despite the playoff loss to Seattle, Washington has to be pleased about the team’s direction with Griffin III under center. However, as competitive as Washington head coach Mike Shanahan and his team is, reaching the playoffs will not be enough in 2013.
Now that Redskins fans have seen their team make the playoffs, a deep playoff run will be expected in 2013. It’s a far cry from the days of the Redskins being one of the doormats of the NFL, particularly in the NFC East. Washington can use the Seattle loss as a chance to improve and get better before the 2013 NFL season begins. I’m sure Coach Shanahan wouldn’t have it any other way.