By Kevin Ross II
The Washington Redskins end their season of misery with a 20-6 loss to the New York Giants at MetLife stadium. The game was played in front of an announced crowd of 80,177 people, but the fans generally seemed disinterested from the opening kickoff. The rain, which never seemed to ease up, lead to a very sloppy football game that was nearly unbearable to watch.
This loss pushes Washington to a dreadful record of 3-13 for the season. And it’s safe to say that all parties involved with the Redskins organization are grateful that this season has come to an end.
On the last Misery Monday of the season, this is how the Washington football team grades out.
Kirk Cousins Grade: D
Two weeks ago, Kirk Cousins set the Atlanta Falcons ablaze. Against the Falcons he was poised, accurate and the talks about Washington garnering a first round pick for the rights to his services had begun. However, that Atlanta game now seems like an eternity ago, and Kirk Cousins ends the 2013 season without a win.
With the Redskins deciding to showcase Cousins to the league, general managers now have plenty of film to evaluate. And what he put on film today, is almost certainly going to decrease his trade value. Against New York, Cousins attempted a career high of 49 passes, but he only completed 19 of those passes for 169 yards. He threw two interceptions, and finished with a dreadful quarterback rating of 31.8. Cousins resembled a backup quarterback, and there’s no other way to put it.
Chris Baker Grade: A
Defensive lineman Chris Baker, who rocks number 92 is emerging as the future leader of the Redskins defensive line. Baker has surpassed Jarvis Jenkins and Barry Cofield as the team’s most dominant lineman.
Against New York, Baker finished second on the team in tackles with six. The only player who had more was safety Brandon Meriweather who had eight tackles. Baker was a constant thorn in the Giants side all game long, and seemed to live in the backfield. Baker has great athleticism for his size, and has the potential to be a Pro Bowl defensive lineman. Going into 2014 Chris will be an interesting player to observe.
Mike Shanahan Grade: F
The early reports and rumors all lean toward head coach Mike Shanahan being fired on Monday morning. And after failing miserably at his job, and ending the season on an eight-game losing streak, what else is there to expect? Shanahan has made many questionable decisions during his tenure with the organization, but the bottom line is he hasn’t won consistently enough to warrant another year on the job. Shanahan owns a 24-40 record as the Redskins head coach, and that simply isn’t good enough. The 61-year-old coach his set to make $7 million next season, and the Redskins will be on the hook for every penny of it, if he is fired.
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Kevin Ross is a freelance writer covering all things Washington Redskins. His work can be found on Examiner.com.