Washington Redskins‘ fans have to face the facts that last season’s playoff team was more of an aberration than the standard. Even the most diehard fan has to come to the realization that the 2013 Washington Redskins are nothing more than a roster filled with overwhelmed underachievers. This realization came to the surface after the Redskins’ 24-17 Week 13 loss to the New York Giants, despite Washington holding an early 14-0 lead.
The Redskins’ supposedly potent offense still can’t play four complete quarters of a professional football game. The offensive line still can’t block a bunch of four year olds. Washington receivers still can’t execute the most elementary of tasks like catching the football. The defense still can’t grasp the concept of tackling opposing ball carriers and covering opposing receivers in an effort to ensure that they can’t make pass receptions that result in first downs or touchdowns.
The aforementioned issues are the reasons the Redskins are 3-9, relegated to playing for pride and quite possibly roster spots instead of playoff contention. It’s a sad reality for a fan base of one of the proudest franchises in the NFL. Last season’s team came together at the right time behind the solid play of quarterback Robert Griffin III and running back Alfred Morris. While the Redskins’ defense was (and still is) one of the league’s worst, last season they came up with key plays that secured key victories during Washington’s seven-game winning streak that propelled them into the playoffs.
Those days seem like eons ago, as Washington is mired in a four-game losing streak. This year’s Redskins are simply a horrible team, seemingly incapable of executing even the most elementary of assignments on the field. Washington’s last four games of 2013 are a chance to show some kind of improvement. If that improvement doesn’t happen fast, there may be some serious changes for the Redskins in 2014.