Donovan McNabb and Mike Shanahan are the new Albert Haynesworth and Mike Shanahan. Ryan Torain is injured, Clinton Portis is injured and the defensive unit has allowed more yards than all but one other NFL team. That the Washington Redskins stand at 4-4 is really a minor miracle.
Washington now has a bye week during which to figure out just what should happen next, after a crushing road loss to the Lions in which Shanahan pulled McNabb during the final two minutes. There have been bright spots on this team, to be sure, but a number of areas must improve if the team wants to get serious about an NFC Wild Card berth.
Who is getting the job done, and who has flunked the first half? Here is the Redskins' position-by-position report card at midseason.