Redskins 2013 report card

January 2

(Washington Post and Getty Images/Express Illustration)

It was ugly on and off the field in 2013 for the Redskins, who failed to build on the NFC East division title they won in 2012. In fact, they razed all goodwill created by that successful campaign, losing eight straight to end the year, resulting in the firing of coach Mike Shanahan and leaving the franchise in shambles yet again. The grades are in — and for the most part, they aren’t honor-roll worthy.

Quarterback: Robert Griffin III made it his goal to return to the field from a severe knee injury by Week 1. But he didn’t appear to be 100 percent early in the season, and by the time he showed flashes of his rookie-year form, it was too late. RGIII will have to prove to his critics that his mechanics are NFL-worthy — far too often he threw off his back foot. Backup Kirk Cousins got a shot late and didn’t exactly drive up his price on the trade market with his play. Grade: C-

Running Back: One of the few bright spots on the team. Alfred Morris showed no signs of a sophomore slump, finishing fourth in the league with 1,275 yards and an NFL-high 10 carries of 20-plus yards. The only drawback might be his five fumbles, but expect Morris to work on that in the offseason. Fullback Darrel Young scored a career-high four touchdowns and provided solid blocking for Morris. Grade: A

Offensive Line: They blocked for a top 10 offense and Trent Williams made the Pro Bowl, but the group wasn’t very successful. Opponents were usually able to attack the middle of the line, and Redskins quarterbacks were sacked 43 times. Chris Chester and Tyler Polumbus struggled and likely will be replaced. Grade: D

Wide Receiver/Tight End: Pierre Garcon pulled in an NFL-leading 113 catches for 1,346 yards, but he can’t do it all by himself. The rest of the receiving corps struggled to break through, with age catching up to Santana Moss and Josh Morgan falling into Shanahan’s doghouse. Tight end Jordan Reed established himself as a versatile weapon but needs to stay on the field to give the Redskins some value. Grade: C

Defensive Line: The Redskins were in the middle of the pack in rushing defense, as veteran nose tackle Barry Cofield anchored a line that never created enough havoc to put offenses on edge. Third-year player Jarvis Jenkins started the year with a suspension and then struggled to make a mark. But defensive tackle Chris Baker did provide a spark late in the year. Grade: C-

Linebacker: Brian Orakpo came on strong in the second half to finish with 10 sacks, and Ryan Kerrigan added another 8½, although he disappeared at times. The retiring London Fletcher may have lost a step but he still racked up more than 100 tackles. Perry Riley Jr. is an intriguing young player that may be able to fill Fletcher’s shoes. Grade: C

Secondary: DeAngelo Hall was the best player in the defensive backfield, blanketing some of the NFL’s top receivers. Rookies David Amerson and Bacarri Rambo struggled to adjust to the pro game, and Brandon Meriweather made more impact with his comments on tackling than with anything he did on the field. Grade: D-

Special Teams: In short, a disaster. Too much was made about the salary cap hit that crippled the Redskins, but this was the area it impacted most. The team didn’t have the depth for quality special teamers, and leader Niles Paul often stated players felt they were “too good” to be on special teams. Grade: F

Coaching: The ultimate verdict already has been delivered with Mike Shanahan’s firing, but the coach made all the wrong moves. From letting Griffin dictate his recovery terms to refusing to fire special teams coach Keith Burns when the unit imploded, Shanahan coached like he already had one foot out the door. Then there were the bizarre leaks and the strange benching of RGIII in the season’s final weeks. In all, it was a mess of a season for Shanahan. Grade: F

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