The Day After: Skins vs Bears Grades

Redskins Report Card: It might be a while before the entire team makes the honor roll, but for now, they're happy with a passing grade. Photo: Joseph White/AP

LANDOVER, October 20, 2013 — Despite giving up 41 points to an unproven backup Quarterback, the Redskins hung on. Their grades improved from last week, but they are still on our proverbial Academic Probation. 

Special Teams: (F+) Why give them an F plus? The Redskins won the game. They don’t really deserve even an F+ but when the team wins, doesn’t miss a field goal, and shows (just a little) improvement, it should be reflected on the report card. The Special Teams gave up another kick return touchdown- this time to Devin Hester. This was his first touchdown return in two years & it marks the second straight week where the Redskins allowed an 80 yard return for a touchdown. 

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Defense: (D-) The Defense really should have played better yesterday. C’mon, man. The Bears lost their starting quarterback in the first half. The Bears’ back up quarterback Josh McCown has been in the league since 2002 and has twice as many fumbles and interceptions as touchdowns. This should have been an easy match up and win for the Redskins. Instead, they made Cade McNown look like Roger Staubach and actually had to come from behind to win in the fourth quarter.

Another reason the Redskins Defense was looking bad was Brandon Merriweather. He may get permanently suspended by the NFL for continually head-hunting opposing receivers. Merriweather committed two costly fifteen yard penalties and doesn’t seem to learn from his mistakes as they continue to mount and hurt the team. 

Offense: (A-) Finally the Redskins of 2012 showed up. RG3 looked like he did last year. The media criticism probably affected him and his decision to throw caution at the wind and run the ball for over 80 yards resulted in a great overall performance, resulting in Griffin carrying the team on his back.

Lastly, Jordan Reed is becoming the 2013 version of Rob Gronkowski. This guy is seriously talented and the Redskins are rewarded for using one of their precious draft picks on tight end despite being limited in other positions. Reed is living proof that the Pre Season means nothing based on his weak performance in August, and he is proof that teams can benefit by drafting the best player on “the board”. 

Team Grade: (C): Overall, this was an exciting game. The Redskins played hard and overcame some mental mistakes. Fedex Field was packed, loud, and most fans stayed until the end of the game. The Redskins face Denver next week and since the NFL does not allow forfeits, the Redskins will hope for a Rocky Mountain Miracle. So grab a Coors Light and hope for the best. 

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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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