Do the Redskins Make The Grade? Let's See.

(By Jonathan Newton -- The Washington Post)
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By Fred Bowen
Thursday, November 13, 2008

It's report card time.

Don't worry, I'm not talking about your report card. This is a report card for the Washington Redskins.

The Redskins had a bye week: That means they didn't play a game last week. Washington has a record of 6-3 (six wins and three losses). But the team messed up on its last test, losing to the Pittsburgh Steelers, 23-6.

So let's give out grades to the major players on the team.

Coach Jim Zorn

The Redskins' new head coach, below, has been a steady leader after replacing the legendary Joe Gibbs. The team is playing with lots of spirit and smarts and has won a bunch of close games. But I thought Zorn was supposed to be the coach who would wake up the Washington offense. The Redskins are scoring only 19 points a game. So give Coach Zorn a B-.

Jason Campbell

The team's young quarterback, below, has thrown only one interception in nine games. That's terrific.

He has also completed more than 64 percent of his passes. I know Campbell isn't perfect -- he has thrown for only eight touchdowns -- but he is one of my favorites. So I'll grade him a little easy and give him an A-.

The Offense

Clinton Portis, below, is the leading rusher in the National Football League, with 995 yards. That's an A+ in anyone's grade book. Until the Steelers game, the offensive line had done a good job opening holes for Portis and protecting Campbell from pass rushers. So why are the Redskins only 25th among the 32 teams in the NFL for points scored? Even with Campbell and Portis playing well, the team's offense gets only a C+.

The Defense

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