Washington Redskins: Awards After 3/4 of the 2012 Season

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Washington Redskins: Awards After 3/4 of the 2012 Season
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Believe it or not, the season is three quarters of the way done. You would think that with all the positive media attention the Redskins are getting these days, they would be standing at 9-3 and in first place in the NFC East.

They are not, however. At 6-6, the Redskins still sit in second place behind the Giants, but that doesn't mean that the boys in Burgundy don't deserve some accolades.

Here, I will hand out the three-quarter season awards. Some good, some bad. Here are your winners:

 

Best Game (By the Redskins): Week 11 vs. Philadelphia

One thing we hadn't seen in years before Week 11 of the 2012 season is the Redskins manhandling an opposing team.

Finally, the 'Skins were able to do so against a bruised, battered and depleted Eagles team.

Washington forced three turnovers (and committed none), while Robert Griffin III had a perfect QB rating, going 14-for-15 with 200 yards and four touchdowns. Nice.

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Even better than the four touchdowns that RGIII threw, were the four sacks that the Redskins defense delivered to Nick Foles in route to a 31-6 win.

Honorable Mention: Week 1 at New Orleans, Week 6 vs. Minnesota

 

Best Game (In terms of entertainment): Week 12 at Dallas

If you ask Redskins fans what the only thing better than laying a beatdown on Dallas is, it's beating it close.

The Redskins did both in the same game. On Thanksgiving (a day on which the Redskins were previously winless) in Dallas, Washington took it to the Cowboys in the second quarter to establish a 28-3 halftime lead.

Things changed in the second half when Tony Romo led a comeback and the Cowboys pulled to within seven points after capitalizing on an RGIII interception.

However, the Redskins were able to salt the game away thanks to a Kai Forbath field goal, and the Redskins won 38-31.

It was the best of both worlds, and Redskins fans everywhere woke up from turkey-induced comas to celebrate.

Honorable Mention: Week 13 vs. New York, Week 6 vs. Minnesota, Week 4 at Tampa Bay

 

Best Rookie: Robert Griffin III

Duh.

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Best Rookie (Extremely honorable mention): Alfred Morris

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After all of the hair-pulling madness of trying to figure out who the go-to running back would be, Mike Shanahan finally found his guy in Alfred Morris.

No one had him penciled in as the Week 1 starter when he was drafted in the sixth round of the 2012 NFL draft, but he has proved himself nicely with 1,106 yards through the first three quarters of the season.

As a matter of fact, I don't think anyone even had him penciled in the top three on the running back depth chart. It's funny how things work out.

He's been the workhorse of the team and has only surrendered a handful of carries to other running backs and hopefully established himself as someone that Shanahan can trust for years to come.

 

Worst Free-Agent Signing: Brandon Meriweather

Sure, this seems like an easy pick considering that he only played in about half of a game.

You also have to consider the fact that he suffered in an injury in a way that I thought could only happen to a Chicago Cubs player because it was so wacky.

Meriweather was set to make his debut against Tampa Bay in Week 4, but collided with teammate Aldrick Robinson.

No, they weren't playing special teams at the same time. It was during pre-game warmups. Ouch.

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When he plays, opposing defenses better look out.

Hopefully ,Meriweather will be back next season because he was a part of the best game the Redskins have played (as mentioned earlier) and looked pretty good.

Honorable Mention: Cedric Griffin

 

Best Free-Agent Signing: Pierre Garcon

It has been mentioned before, but it is not a coincidence that the Redskins are 5-1 when Garcon is in the lineup.

That one loss? Against the currently 11-1 Falcons in a game where RGIII was injured in the third quarter.

He's obviously the go-to guy for RGIII and has lit up the Saints, Cowboys and Giants. Consequently, the Redskins won all three of those games.

 

Best Kicker: Kai Forbath

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Forget RGIII! KF1 is the franchise savior!

Here's something we haven't seen in a long while: a Redskins kicker who the fans don't absolutely despise.

For that fact, he should be considered for the MVP award.

He's a perfect 11-for-11 on the season and has Redskins fans thinking that there really is a God, and he has blessed them with a kicker who doesn't stink like last week's garbage.

 

Worst Kicker: Tie!

Three men win this award for the Redskins: Neil Rackers, Graham Gano and Billy Cundiff.

With very few position battles in training camp, the hottest debate was at the kicker position when veteran Rackers and Gano were duking it out for the job.

Then, we were all thrown a huge curveball when both were dropped in favor of Cundiff.

Yes, the same Cundiff that choked in the 2011 AFC Championship Game. Seemed like a good fit.

After his inconsistencies (a string of good, followed by a string of God-awful), the Redskins released him in favor of franchise savior Kai Forbath.

 

Worst Game: Another tie!

I couldn't decide which was worse: the drubbing that the Redskins took at Heinz Field from the Steelers, or the embarrassing loss to the one-win Panthers.

After racking my brain, I couldn't pick. So I chose both.

I want them both stricken from the record books, and let's pretend that Homecoming 2012 never happened.

 

Best Use of a Bye Week: Mike Shanahan

What a way to get the troops to rally, huh?

After a three-game skid that included the above losses in addition to the heartbreaker in the Meadowlands, the Redskins had a much-needed bye week.

Since then? Three straight wins. All against NFC East rivals. Two of them on the road.

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Wait, who?

 

Best Controversial Release: Tim Hightower

Oh, you must have forgotten about him. Let me remind you. He was the Redskins' starting running back in 2011 and was believed to have been the favorite for the same job in 2012.

Instead, he just got released altogether. Not moved down the depth chart a notch or two; just cut completely.

"But why, Shanahan? Who will be your running back?" Redskins fans asked the coach.

"Don't worry, our sixth-round pick from Florida Atlantic will be third in the NFL in rushing after Week 13! The only two ahead of him will be Adrian Peterson and Marshawn Lynch!" replied the coach.

Alright, these are not actual quotes, but a lot of people thought Shanahan had lost his mind. Turns out he was right! No one has even asked what happened to Tim Hightower since his release.

Well, much like many Americans, he is currently unemployed. Since I knew you were going to ask now.

 

Worst Tease of a Career Resurrection: Chris Cooley

When Fred Davis was lost for the season after an injury against the Giants in the two teams' first meeting, here was the reaction:

"Oh my God, without Fred Davis, what are we going to—wait! Chris Cooley is a free agent! We will sign him and Captain Chaos will return to his glory days!"

Well, that's what we all thought at least. He did get signed by the team after the injury; everyone was right about that.

However, he has produced zero statistics. No catches, no yards.

I'm still holding out for a big season, though.

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You know I couldn't forget you, Rex

 

Worst Quarterback: Rex Grossman

I had to work him in here somehow.

 

Best Cover Candidate for Madden NFL '14: Robert Griffin III

After seeing Calvin Johnson buck the curse this year, I would be all in favor.

I haven't played Madden regularly in a few years, but just having a cover with a Redskin on it that I didn't print off of the Internet myself would be fantastic.

 

Best RGIII Play: 76-yard touchdown run against Minnesota

Bone-chilling

I watch it every now and then, and I still get chills.

This was the play that made you know that this guy was the real deal. I was screaming "Slide!" as soon as he broke the first-down marker, but he just kept going.

And going.

And going.

All the way to a crowd-rattling touchdown that sealed the deal and led to, what was at the time, an upset over the 4-1 Minnesota Vikings.

Honorable Mention: 88-yard TD to Pierre Garcon against New Orleans, 46-yard run against New York (second game), fourth down-fourth Quarter conversion against New York (first game), 68-yard TD to Aldrick Robinson against Dallas

 

Best Documentary Released in 2012 About a Redskin: A Football Life: John Riggins

Seriously, if you haven't seen it on the NFL Network, it's brilliant.

You can find it on YouTube right now. As soon as you're done here, go check it out.

 

The Rest of the Awards

Best Retirement: Clinton Portis

Worst Injury: Brian Orakpo

Worst Suspension: Tanard Jackson (with honorable mention to Cedric Griffin)

Hopefully there will be plenty more awards to hand out at season's end, but for now this will do. I also hope that you enjoyed reading this as much as I did researching it. As always, remember to follow me on Facebook please! It's right here: http://www.facebook.com/koreybeckettBR and I'm on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/koreybeckettBR 

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