The Washington Redskins' winless streak to start the 2013 NFL season, through two games, comes from an uncomfortable Robert Griffin III, an offense that has yet to score in the first half, a woeful and rebuilt defensive secondary, and confusion and uncertainty showing in all phases of their game.
To ask who's to blame—the players, coaches or RG3 as a team leader—seems unimportant. The bigger issue is how to assemble the things that do work in preparation for their next opponent, Sunday at home against the Detroit Lions.
Based on the first two weeks and two losses, there will certainly be some assembly required. A more accurate description would be a restructuring or overhaul. Their current system is downright broken.
The Redskins overall—defense, offense and special teams—have not had a standout player. I will give linebacker Ryan Kerrigan his due respect; otherwise, not a receiver or running back, a linebacker or defensive back, or a member of the special teams has stood out.
I will also add Griffin's better-late-than-never passing yards in both games and Alfred Morris' 107-yard rushing game against the Green Bay Packers. Even wide receiver Pierre Garcon had respectable numbers against the Packers, finishing with eight catches for 143 yards.
The problem is—that's it. No one else is deserving of an honorable mention or a team moment worth noting.
In the Redskins' two losses, both games were near blowouts by halftime.
The defense has allowed over 1,023 total yards, nearly breaking the all-time record for the start of the season. In NFL history, only the 1967 Atlanta Falcons (1,025) have allowed more through two games.
And the poor tackling that's been on display is borderline laughable, not to mention embarrassing. The Redskins were beat and picked apart by quarterbacks Michael Vick and Aaron Rodgers in back-to-back losses.
The team appears confused, somewhat doubtful and questioning what is going on around them. Excessive penalties, unexpected turnovers from reliable ball-handlers and an inability to convert third-downs have plagued the Redskins thus far.
While much of what happens centers around RG3 and his level of play, the first two games have left me questioning five areas of concern that, unless resolved, will continue to factor in the downward slide that seemed unimaginable less than three weeks ago.