The Washington Redskins amazing 2012 season comes to an end with the loss to the Seattle Seahawks. We were blessed to see a team that fought back from a 3-6 start and not give up, but rally behind their rookie quarterback to come back and deliver an NFC East Division Title. For that, we as Redskins fans are grateful and appreciative. This team has guts, determination, and character. Things are definitely looking up for Washington Redskins football.
On to the final Thumbs Up and Thumbs Down for the 2012 season ender.
S Reed Doughty. What? Yup, you read that right, Reed Doughty. He had a big game on defense with 7 tackles, 5 assists and 2 sacks. The defense got shredded late in the game, but some of that can be blamed on the lack of offensive sustained drives. They were flat out tired. Doughty played a tough game, tackling hard and coming up with 2 of the Redskins 4 sacks on Russell Wilson. He deserves the recognition.
RB Alfred Morris. Morris carried the ball just 16 times and gained 80- yards. That was an average of 5.0 yards per carry. He wasn't the difference maker in this game that he was against Dallas, but that was not Morris' fault. With a clearly hobbled quarterback, Kyle Shanahan for some reason still abandon the run for the most part. With a quarterback that was clearly playing in pain, Morris should have had 25 to 30 carries. He was running the ball effectively. Still, on several first downs, Washington chose to go to the air with a quarterback that was clearly effected with pain. Mind boggling.
Honorable Mention: Robert Griffin III. He gave it everything he had and more, perhaps too much. He sacrificed in pain to tried desperately to make something happen for the Redskins. Nobody can say this kid didn't have heart and guts. He had it all, perhaps, too much so. A+ for effort RG3. We appreciate it and are grateful to have you in Washington.
HC Mike Shanahan. Not only were the Redskins out coached after Seattle make second quarter adjustments, but he will ultimately be questioned if he did not give the Redskins the best chance to win the football game by sticking with a clearly limited quarterback over a healthy Kirk Cousins. By the time RG3 went out for good, the game was already lost and the players on the field knew it. We understand the desire to stick with RG3, but the limitations as the game went out were so clear. As good as Kirk Cousins has been this season, it is hard for me to believe that a heavily limited RG3 would have given a better chance to win than a healthy Cousins. It will be a question that dogs Shanahan for sometime. Additionally, it was also pretty clear as the game went on that just moving around the pocket was difficult for RG3. Why play the kid until the knee gives out. Makes no sense.
Daniel Snyder. Wow. What horrible shape the FEDEX field was in. Did Snyder cut field staff to save bucks? If not, then the field crew needs relieved and a new field crew needs hired. That field was in awful condition.
Dishonorable Mention: Will Montgomery. Did you forget how to snap the football? Leonard Hankerson. Big game and Hank comes out for 2 catches for 5 yards. Shameful.