• I really enjoyed writing about the Redskins this season. They were a fun team to cover, and very likable in an odd way: The hard running rookie RB, the WRs scratching and clawing for every yard after the catch, 37 year old London Fletcher actually getting better as the season wore on, Barry Cofield’s hustle… and his taser, Rob Jackson filling in for Brian Orakpo and making enormous plays, the emergence of Perry Riley, the odd backfield alignments, TEs returning kickoffs, Stephen Bowen and his story, Reed Doughty’s sneaky good season, Cobra Kai and his near-perfect season, the vastly improved OL, the huge punt return by Richard Crawford against the Ravens, the Shannies’ insistence on shoehorning Brandon Banks into the regular offensive, Ryan Kerrigan’s heady play, Logan Paulsen’s sweet glorious mullet, and of course… RG3. As a fan of the Eagles, the natural thing to do is to root against whatever remaining NFC East teams make the playoffs, but I’ll be honest… I didn’t find myself rooting against the Skins yesterday.
• I’ll hold off talking about RG3’s knee until the diagnosis is back on that. However, I will note that Mike Shanahan deserves every bit of second guessing that he’s going to get for leaving him in. I promise you, by the way, that this is not one of those situations where he’s second guessed because of the result. RG3 looked like he was being held together by duct tape from the 2nd quarter on. He couldn’t step into throws, he couldn’t run (much less walk), and the Shannies still continued to call some read option plays. Unreal.
• The Skins’ dominance in the ground game this season:
• Here’s what I wrote after Week 5, when RG3 suffered a mild concussion:
Mild concussion for RG3… Aaaaaaaaand the RG3 “injury prone” watch has begun. Here’s how I see that unfolding:
- First injury: Fans of another team in the division start a thread on a message board somewhere that RG3 is “injury prone.” It’s gets little attention.
- Second injury (assuming it’s not a major one, like an ACL or something): Bleacher Report will assign one of their guys to write an article with the headline “Is Robert Griffin III injury prone?” The answer in the article will be “Yes.” This will be written purely for SEO purposes. Skip Bayless is sure to chime in at this point as well.
- Third injury: He’s the “new Michael Vick.”
All 4 NFC East QBs are going to have annoying offseasons. RG3 will be dealing with the “injury prone” tag, Romo is going to be called a choker (but louder than ever), Eli will continue to deal with the “dead arm” stuff, and Vick is not going to make anything close to the $15.5 mil he was scheduled to make this season.
• At the time the Skins went up 14-0, here were the numbers:
- Skins 4 for 4 on 3rd down.
- Plays: Skins 20, Seahawks 3.
- Yards: Skins 129, Seahawks -2.
- Time of possession: Skins 11:01, Seahawks 1:33.
From that point on:
- Skins 1-7 on 3rd down
- Plays: Skins 34, Seahawks 65
- Yards: Skins 74, Seahawks 382
- Time of possession: Skins 14:39, Seahawks 32:47
• Everyone is taking about RG3’s injury, but what about LG Kory Lichtensteiger? You could see the looks of confidence in Redskins’ eyes evaporate when he had to leave with an ankle injury in the first quarter. OK, just kidding. I just needed an excuse to shoehorn Josh LeRibeus (who filled in for Lichtensteiger) into this recap so I could once again point out his side career as a male model.
• The Skins got a few early sacks, but otherwise their pass rush was non-existent. There was one play near the goal line in which Russell Wilson had 7.2 seconds to throw, and if he wanted to he could have held the ball longer.
• I have no clue what Ryan Kerrigan was doing yesterday. That’s the worst game I’ve seen him play. The Seahawks repeatedly burned the Skins to Kerrigan’s side when he lost contain on the edge.
• The field conditions were a disgrace. The NFL needs to step in and set a standard for acceptable field conditions. Lawn care isn’t rocket science. There’s no excuse. Chris Clemons’ agent blamed the field conditions for what might be an ACL tear for Clemons, and he’s right to be angry.
• I made a point about the Seahawks’ abnormal number of turnovers forced the last 4 games of the season. The Skins were +1 yesterday. Didn’t matter. All those turnovers did was make that game seem less lopsided than it really was.
• Troy Aikman called DeAngelo Hall “a great tackler.”
• At least Sav Rocca had a big day.
• Richard Sherman is one of those guys that you love if he’s on your team, but you freaking HATE if he’s not. Here he is getting under Trent Williams’ skin after the game, and Sherman’s reaction afterwards.
• The NFC East is done. And now we transition to the offseason.