The Washington Redskins have suffered through a miserable 3-13 season in 2013 filled with incompetent play in all aspects. When the highlight of your season is a controversy regarding the nickname “Redskins,” which many find to be offensive towards Native Americans, it’s safe to say that you’re having a season that you need to forget.
However, there was one bright spot for the Redskins this season. That would be wide receiver Pierre Garcon, who has paid dividends for Washington in 2013. That’s a 3-13 team. But Garcon has become the Redskins’ most consistent performer, quietly finishing the 2013 season as the NFL’s top receiver in receptions with 113.
While it definitely didn’t translate to success in 2013, Garcon’s production is reflective of a free agency signing that finally paid dividends for the Redskins. He was signed via free agency before the 2012 season, finishing with only 44 receptions while dealing with a right foot injury.
Garcon’s production was critical for a Washington offense that regressed in 2013 after a prolific 2012 season. Quarterback Robert Griffin III didn’t match his proficiency of his 2012 rookie campaign, throwing 16 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in 2013 in comparison to the 20 touchdowns and five interceptions he threw in 2012. Running back Alfred Morris had a solid year, rushing for 1,275 yards in 2013, but he averaged around 80 rushing yards per game and scored seven rushing touchdowns. Those totals are down from his average of 100 rushing yards per game and 13 rushing touchdowns during Morris’ rookie year in 2012.
Garcon’s solid production can be attributed to the fact that the Redskins were behind considerably in many of their games. Wide receiver Leonard Hankerson and rookie tight end Jordan Reed were supposed to support Washington’s passing game along with Garcon, but Reed and Hankerson appeared in only nine and 10 games respectively due to injuries, which severely limited their efficiency. Wide receivers Josh Morgan and Aldrick Robinson still aren’t consistent enough to support the passing game. Veteran wide receiver Santana Moss started only one game for Washington in 2013, and will be 35 when the 2014 season starts. While not impossible, expecting him to become the main focal point of the passing game is asking a lot.
Considering the aforementioned factors, it’s no wonder why Garcon was the Redskins’ most consistent performer. Player personnel changes could be forthcoming following Washington’s disastrous 2013 season. Needless to say, Garcon is one of the key players that the Redskins need to build around, not let go.