Redskins: Weeks 5 Through 12 – The Catch Up

Here we are at the end of Week 12 in the NFL, and the Redskins have a 6-4-1 record. There have been ups, there have been downs, and there has been a tie. The team has taken several steps forward, and a few backward. I have to admit, it’s a lot better than what imagined it would be, but I’ve learned not to be too optimistic. I’m a Redskins fan, after all.

It’s been an impressive 8 weeks – who would have thought that we would get the W over the Ravens, Eagles, Vikings and Packers? Go figure.

Kirk has been Kirk more than Kurt, we have a solid performer who’s emerged at running back, and guys on both sides of the ball are stepping up to make plays that are game-changers.

Cousins is growing on me. His stats are incredible, but his performance doesn’t always match what we see on paper. Still. If he stops staring down his targets, and widens his field of vision, he’d be even better. There are still too many plays when he’s forced the ball into double coverage unsuccessfully, yet there are one or two other guys open elsewhere in the play.

Robert Kelley, aka Fat Rob, has been amazing the past couple of games. This UFA from Tulane takes every play and turns it into a demonstration that he wants to contribute. As the starter. Until he says ‘when’. The proof is in his stats – he leads the team in rushes with 98 carries for 461 yards, and 4 TDs.

Sadly, I expect that we’ll lose DeSean Jackson at season’s end. Gruden seems to forget he’s there, and the fact that he has about 20 fewer receptions than three other receivers tells me so. I don’t get not using your fastest, most reliable route runner more. Throw it to him! He’ll catch it! If he doesn’t, I can pretty much guarantee there’ll be a PI call on his defender.

Which leads to the coaching staff…

Just when it seemed that the coaches had gotten themselves together, the Thanksgiving Day game happened. It was a giant step in the wrong direction. Why go for 2, an iffy proposition, when you can get the extra point with little to worry about? Why, in a short week, did the game plan for Week 12 look suspiciously like the same one from Week 2? You know, the one that didn’t work? The one where the D bit on the same play over and over that the opponent’s offense had such success with in Week 2? Why?

Yes. The players are responsible for executing on the field, but when they’re executing a losing game plan, and not being utilized to their strengths, that falls to the coaches.

Despite being racked by injuries, the Redskins defense is ranked 2nd overall. Trent Murphy and Ryan Kerrigan are on fire, with 7 and 9 sacks, respectively. Will Compton leads the D in total tackles with 91, 49 of those solos. Mason Foster is also making noise 70 total tackles, 46 of those solos.

Overall, I’d give the Redskins a B thus far in the season. There’s a lot of good to build on, but some more work to do. We’ll see what the matchups with the Cardinals and the Eagles (Part Deux) bring.

I’m hoping it’s two more Ws.


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