The Redskins have been decimated by injuries over the past few weeks. They have already lost some of their biggest offensive weapons—running back Tim Hightower and tight end Chris Cooley are out for the season, and wide receiver Santana Moss is expected to miss five to seven weeks.
The injuries to the offense have exposed a serious lack of talent and depth on that side of the ball, and at 3-3, Shanahan’s team does not seemed poised to make a run at the playoffs.
Redskins fans were easily excited over a respectable 3-1 start, but playoff aspirations should never have been taken seriously. After all, this was originally expected to be a rebuilding year.
Shanahan has built a solid framework from the depleted roster he inherited prior to the 2010 season, but there are still holes to fill before the Redskins can reasonably expect to compete for a spot in the playoffs.
These are the four weakest positions on the Redskins’ depth chart. If Shanahan wants to take this team to the next level, he will have to address these needs through free agency and the NFL draft.