It's been a season of turmoil for the Washington Redskins, and Week 11's loss in Philadelphia only served to add more fuel to the fire. The Redskins are now 3-7 and look like the worst team in a pathetic NFC East.
Last year, the Redskins started 3-6 before rattling off seven consecutive wins to claim the NFC East title. While it's not outside the realm of possibility that they could rip off six straight to close the season—and 9-7 will likely be good enough to win the division—it's almost impossible to envision a scenario where that occurs. The team is just way too inconsistent from a week-to-week, series-to-series basis.
Coach Mike Shanahan needs to come under fire for how this season has played out. He's now 10 games under .500 in Washington. It's not unfair to wonder if replacing him is the right move. Defensive coordinator Jim Haslett will need a miracle finish from his unit to keep his job, as the defense has been awful all season.
And then, there's quarterback Robert Griffin III, who has epitomized the Redskins' inconsistency this year. After the loss in Philadelphia, Griffin put the blame for a critical interception he threw on the play-call, saying of the Eagles, "They kind of knew what was coming before it was coming," per Will Brinson of CBSSports.com.
That is just wholly unacceptable conduct from a supposed "franchise" quarterback. Griffin needs to accept responsibility, even it was a poor play-call from Mike and offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan. Statements like that only serve to promulgate the thought that Griffin needs to mature as a leader.
Monday night's tilt with the 49ers won't be easy, with San Francisco coming off two straight losses. The Redskins must match San Francisco's desperation and put together a complete 60-minute game if they want to keep their season alive.
Next Game: vs. San Francisco (Monday Night Football)