While the spotlight at Redskins Park shone brightest on RGIII last year, no unit had a higher profile than the linebackers. But that group could look very different in 2014.
Not only will Washington finish in the division cellar for a franchise-record fifth time in six seasons, it’s doing so in the NFC East, the second-worst of the NFL’s eight quartets. Only the absolutely awful AFC North, whose four teams are a staggering 16 games under .500, is worse than the NFC East, which is eight games below even.
While almost all of the focus at Redskins Park this month has been on whether coach Mike Shanahan will return for the fifth and final year of his contract, seven of the nine current players who preceded him in Washington could also be wearing burgundy and gold for the final time during Sunday’s game at the New York Giants.
London Fletcher has one game to play before his 16-year career in the National Football League officially comes to a close, but Sunday was the real goodbye.
Thirty minutes after the Redskins publicized a player announcement on Wednesday, London Fletcher informed the press that 2013 would likely be his final season as a player in the National Football League.
London Fletcher issued a call to Dan Snyder and Mike Shanahan to hash things while announcing his retirement, likely to take place following the 2013 season, on Wednesday.
Brian Orakpo started getting sacks just as the Washington Redskins season fell apart. London Fletcher hasn’t played up to his usual standard, but he’s set to take the field for his 253rd consecutive game — sprained ankle and all.
Three key players on the Washington Redskins defense suffered injuries Sunday’s loss to the New York Giants, which officially eliminated the team from postseason contention.
It’s an eerie parallel. In 2012, Washington was 3-6 and coming off an embarrassing defeat to a Carolina team with just one victory as it prepared to play Philadelphia.
London Fletcher appeared on NFL Today on CBS on Sunday, with former Skin Jon Jansen, to talk about the culture within NFL locker rooms, in light of the Incognito-Martin situation in Miami.