The 2011 Washington Redskins season has tail-spun into a disaster.
There's no easy or kind way of putting it. However, I do not believe that the record directly corresponds with the talent on the field.
Half of the team's problems are related with the injuries they have received at the beginning of the season, including the preseason. These injuries have hindered the effectiveness of the offensive line, which in turn drags down both the passing and running schemes.
The other half belongs solely on the shoulders of the quarterback (whoever it may be). Poor QB decisions have crippled this team's ability to move the ball.
Between an inability to effectively deliver the ball to open receivers quickly and poor decisions leading to turnovers in critical moments of the game, both John Beck and Rex Grossman have driven this team into the ground.
Defensively, the Washington Redskins have played at a level far above their performance last year. This is a result of familiarity with the aggressive 3-4 defensive scheme of Jim Haslett. The have found the right players for the system, and they are playing at a high level—not quite elite, but they have shown significant improvement.
The fault lies with the offense and its inability to sustain drives long enough to give the defense sufficient rest.
The team must now look to next year and evaluate which players have the potential to improve the team and which players need their starting jobs ripped from them.