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Current Record: 4-4
Offensive Grade: C
I, like most people, was thoroughly impressed with the Redskins during Weeks 1-4. After that rise in the tide though, the Redskins fell back to their 2009 ways and are now sparking controversy from every angle.
In case you somehow missed it, Mike Shanahan made the questionable call on the weekend against Detroit, to pull the inconsistent Donovan McNabb and replace him with back up quarterback Rex Grossman.
The events that went on to unfold were fairly predictable. Rex Grossman lost the game on the first possession, and the Redskins fell to 4-4.
So what's the positive for Washington?
At least the Redskins realize the problem. Mike Shanahan may not be willing to throw McNabb under the bus, but everyone within the organization knows that No. 5 hasn't been performing.
As for on the field play, tight end Chris Cooley has been having a great season, and wide receiver Santana Moss' 604 yards and two touchdowns are a fresh breath of air on offense.
Washington can get this all back on track over the bye week, but they need to be in store for some big time questioning over the next fourteen days.
Defensive Grade: C-
Washington's defense has also encountered some troubles, with Albert Haynesworth stating he isn't ready to fit into the teams defensive scheme
Truth to this theory or not, the Redskins are no longer the team they were in Week 1 against Dallas, and are struggling statistically. Ranked 14th in pass yards and 24th in rush yards, the Redskins defensive players have been burnt by injury, and aren't looking likely to improve.
Standing out above the crop though, is the interception king DeAngelo Hall. Most people weren't all that familiar with Hall to begin with, but his six interceptions has already tied Darrelle Revis' efforts last year, and there are still eight weeks to go.
On the injury front safety LaRon Landry and Brian Orakpo are far from 100 percent. A bye week will help the process, but one gets the feeling with these two injuries, that the Redskins could be in for a rough patch in the next month or so.
Overall Grade: C