What a way to end the season for the 2009 Washington Redskins.
A 4-12 record marks the teams worst since 1994 (first year under Norv Turner). So much scrutiny has followed the team since the beginning, from the Jason Campbell replacement talks, to the firing of Jim Zorn, all the way to the end in the reports of Mike Shanahan. With all this circus hoopla, how could you of expected for this team to of been successful?
But regardless of the distractions from the media off the field, the Redskins still couldn't produce on it.
Quarterback Jason Campbell seemed to shine in all of the somewhat insignificant games and couldn't lead the offense consistently enough to keep us in games or put us over the top. He did have a career year with 3,618 YDS and 20 TD, but he also added a career-high 15 INT.
Jim Zorn seemed to sum up Campbell best in his last post-game press conference, saying that Campbell is not a franchise quarterback, but should be a starting quarterback in the league. Moving forward, it will be interesting to see what Washington does since Campbell will be a free agent this offseason.
Of course, Campbell wasn't helped by the inconsistency around him. Five different starting running backs and seven different offensive line combinations, with eleven different lineman. Need I say more?
As far as the defense was concerned, where do you buy hands? So many dropped passes by the secondary and linebackers this season could have easily changed the outcome of a few games. If you turn those dropped balls into interceptions and normally immediate scoring chances, we only lost six games by seven points or less. Now I'm not pinpointing that as the sole reason the 'Skins struggled, but one that should not be overlooked.
The sacks did improve from last season, with Andre Carter and rookie Brian Orakpo leading the way with eleven sacks each. However, Albert Haynesworth wasn't the key contributor as was once thought before the season began. Haynesworth also missed countless snaps and four games in total.
As I digress, let's go to the end of the season awards:
Please comment and give your own input on the awards.