With only four games remaining in the 2013 NFL season, the Washington Redskins have long been out of contention for making it back to the postseason. Their problems have been numerous this season and all of their struggles have ultimately resulted in the team currently holding just a 3-9 record and sitting in last place in the NFC East.
Obviously you can look at the Redskins’ defense as the root of their problems. Though Washington has been decent in terms of defending the run, they have been shredded through the air, allowing the sixth most passing yards per game in the NFL at 265.3 per game.
More than just their defense, the play of Robert Griffin III has continued to be inconsistent and disappointing. The 2012 Offensive Rookie of the Year hasn’t enjoyed nearly the same amount of success that he did in his first season with the Redskins. You can point to his knee injury, defenses figuring out the team’s schemes, and a porous offensive line as the root of RG3’s struggles, but it’s clear that he’s not been the leader that he was last season this year.
Watching the Redskins this year has been a relatively abysmal venture. You look at their roster and see talent, but there are glaring flaws in their team and that shows on the field. If I had to guess, they are just looking to make it through these last four weeks of the season healthy and with some amount of pride remaining. What is unfortunate for the Redskins is the fact that their troubles don’t all end with this season.
If Washington were picking in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft, the Redskins would be in the top-five of the draft right now. The problem is the fact that they no longer hold their first-round pick for the upcoming draft. That pick was sent to the St. Louis Rams as Washington traded up in 2012 to select Griffin. Subsequently, the Redskins don’t even get to reap the silver linings of a poor performance this season.
Obviously not having a first-round draft pick isn’t going to doom Washington for eternity, but it’s certainly another disappointing wrinkle in this season. Through free agency and other draft picks in the upcoming offseason, it’s hard not to imagine this team improving. However, they’ll have to be wise in using the draft picks that are still in their hands.