After starting the season 3-1, the Washington Redskins have now lost five in a row.  The season looks lost and the outlook for the future looks grim.  Still, they say behind every dark cloud there is a silver lining so I wanted to try and point to the positive.  Here are a just a few:

(1) With the Redskins losing five in a row, their draft position is improving.  Currently only four teams in the NFL have less wins than the Redskins.  And the Miami Dolphins are sizzling hot right now having beaten the Chiefs and the Skins in the last two weeks.  So who knows, maybe the Skins can land the 2nd pick in the 2012 NFL Draft when this season is over?  Unfortunately, the top pick seems impossible to land given the Colts 0-10 record.

(2) Ryan Kerrigan is the truth.  The first round draft pick from Purdue burst upon the scene in the opener against the New York Giants when he tipped up and intercepted an Eli Manning pass which he ran into the end zone for a touchdown.  Since then he’s continued to impress.  After yesterday’s game in which he forced two more fumbles, the rookie linebacker already has tallied as many forced fumbles as Brian Orakpo has during his career.  This doesn’t come as a complete shock as Kerrigan holds the Big Ten record in forced fumbles with 14.  Kerrigan also has five sacks this season and has looked strong against the run.

(3) Leonard Hankerson, the Redskins 3rd round draft choice this season, broke out against the Dolphins catching eight balls for 106 yards.  He’s the first Redskins rookie receiver to go for over 100 receiving yards since 2001!

(4) There are only seven more games left this season so you won’t have to watch Rex Grossman or John Beck try to lead this team to victory much longer.

I couldn’t help myself with the last one.  Still, there are a few positives this season.  What do you think?

J.P. Flaim


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