Washington vs. San Francisco grades

Bad grades all around for the Washington Redskins' Monday night performance. Photo: Anquan Boldin scores as the Niners beat Washington on Monday night/AP

WASHINGTON, November 26, 2013 — The Washington Redskins’ season is all but over. Some would say this team never got started. Washington season ticket holders have born the brunt of this disappointing 2013 campaign. With five games left in the Redskins’ season, Washington fans have now witnessed five abysmal regular season games at home.

The one big game was the Monday Night Football Opener. Every fan knows how that ended. There has not been much hype leading up to any games this year because the hype was deflated out of them by week four. So here are the fan grades from Monday night.

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Offense - Passing (F-) Robert Griffin III resorted to emergency scramble mode on practically every passing play. This is indicative of a lack of pocket presence. RG3 was erratic and was not able to pick up the blitzes of the 49ers. The only positive passing plays were bubble screens for less than five yards per attempt, hardly a professional style offensive game plan.

Offense - Rushing (F)  For the first time, Washington’s rushing game was completely shut down. Stretch plays were completely inept against a fast and aggressive San Francisco defense.

Defense (F) There is not much to say here. Washington cannot defend tall receivers who exploit their lack of size and speed. The Redskins have also found new ways to make struggling quarterbacks look like Hall of Famers. Colin Kaepernick was having a terrible year prior to last night. Washington made him look calm, cool and collected as he picked apart the defense.

Special Teams (C) There was nothing really bad, but nothing really good either. Kai Forbath did make two field goals and the Redskins did not give up any big returns.

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Coaching (F) Washington was out-coached by San Francisco in this game. The Redskins players looked flat. At moments, Washington looked like they were under-performing. On a side note, from the outside looking in, it does not seem appropriate, nor professional, allowing RG3’s father in the locker room after a demoralizing loss.

RG3’s dad has already made headlines criticizing coaching decisions during this past offseason. Given this information and his controversial influence on RG3, why would the Washington coaches not restrict the parents of players from the locker room? Even at the high school ranks coaches do not allow or appreciate a players’ father hanging out within team’s facilities. RG2 has also tweeted his displeasure with the Shanahans’ coaching of his son. This kind of stuff is bad, especially when RG3’s leadership and maturity is in question. 

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Born in Southern Maryland, 34 years old, John Heibel grew up a Washington DC  sports fan, playing pretty much all sports. Heibel served in the US Coast Guard for 7 years and has two bachelors degrees.
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