The Nightmare Finally Comes to an End for the Washington Redskins

By Brian Skinnell
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It has been a long 17 weeks, Washington Redskins fans, but finally the nightmare that was the 2013 season has come to an end.

In preseason, the Redskins were labeled dark horse contenders to win the Super Bowl, the grand prize of the NFL. In the end, they are only good enough for a top five pick in the draft and even that prize eludes them thanks to the RG3 trade. At 3-13, Washington has limped to it’s worst record since 1994. It surely marks the end of the Mike Shanahan era and it’s a season that most around the organization, as well as it’s fan base, would like to forget.

It began with “Operation Patience,” the name given to the return of quarterback Robert Griffin III. Was he rushed back? More than likely, but it sure made for a great show, didn’t it? Instead of protecting their prized investment, they rushed him back, used it as a marketing tool to sell tickets and it ended up being a flop and biting them where the sun don’t shine.

Then came the season-long press conference and rumor battle between Mike Shanahan, Robert Griffin III and owner Dan Snyder. Words were said in press conferences, rumors were strewn about and it is nearly impossible to decipher what was fact and was fiction from that feud. It was ugly and hung a black cloud over the organization for it’s entire season.

We’re four paragraphs into this post and just now are we getting to what actually happened on the field. That’s how bad this season was, folks.

The debacle started early when the Redskins took on the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 1 on Monday football. The final score was 33-27, but it nowhere near showed how badly the Redskins were defeated. Following that, there was the epic collapse that took place against the Denver Broncos. Who could forget the countless embarrassments in prime-time against the Minnesota Vikings, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, San Francisco 49ers and, of course, the Eagles.

However, nothing topped what went down at FedEx Field on Sunday, Dec. 8, against the Kansas City Chiefs. The Redskins were man-handled all game long and were embarrassed 45-10. It was, quite frankly, rock bottom of the Shanahan-era. Washington came out flat and found themselves down 31-0 early in the second quarter.

The season ended with the way too talked about benching of Robert Griffin III and Kirk Cousins leading the Redskins to four defeats. Along with that, London Fletcher all but announced his retirement and the Redskins still couldn’t find enough deep down to send him out with a victory. On Sunday, Washington’s 20-6 loss to the Giants marked the final chapter in the book that was the Redskins’ 2013 season.

It wasn’t all negative. The Redskins had one player named to the Pro Bowl, Trent Williams, with four others selected as alternates. Alfred Morris rushed for over 1,000 yards with 1,275 yards and seven touchdowns. Pierre Garçon broke Art Monk‘s single-season receptions franchise record with 113 catches for 1,346 yards.

The 2013 season has finally come to an end for the Washington Redskins and the nightmare is finally over. It’s time for the offseason to begin, and something tells me it won’t be a smooth one. For the Redskins, the 2014 season can’t come soon enough, as the best way to move on from a bad season is to start off another one the right way, whatever that may be.

Brian Skinnell is a freelance sports writer for and contributor at Yahoo Sports. Follow him on Twitter and add him to your network on Google.

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