Washington Redskins: Studs, Duds and Biggest Surprises at the One-Quarter Mark

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Washington Redskins: Studs, Duds and Biggest Surprises at the One-Quarter Mark
Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports
Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III has yet to ignite and light-up opposing defenses through the first four weeks of the 2013 NFL season.

The Washington Redskins reach the first-quarter mark of the NFL season with more questions than answers as to what will work best for quarterback Robert Griffin III. So far, he has been a non-story as he leads a team with more losses than wins and a team trying to find its own identity behind a reinvented and ineffective offense that has yet to prove itself this year. 

Through four games, the team has one victory. With a bye scheduled for Week 5, the team has the opportunity to focus on their fundamentals and mental aspects of the game—a focus of much of the blame so far this NFL season.

However, coach Mike Shanahan is on a mission to turn things around. 

“We evaluate everything we do… . We take a look at what we do defensively, offensively [and on] special teams,” Coach Mike Shanahan said Tuesday, via Mike Maske of The Washington Post. 

With an offense that has shown an inability to perform in the first half of any game this young season and a defense still prone to mistakes and big plays and a lackluster performance on special teams, the Redskins remain only a game behind NFC East rival Dallas Cowboys whom they face after their bye week in Week 6.

The Redskins defense, specifically the backfield, is young and inexperienced, and it has shown several times in 2013—committing too many mistakes, including missed tackles and coverage assignments. 

The defense is giving up an average of 28 points per game.

With a week to look back at what has worked and not worked, thus far, through four games, the following slideshow will take a look at just a sample of this season's studs, duds and biggest mistakes...beginning with the defense.

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