Handing out labels after Skins games. Today, a 20-9 depression-fest in Miami.
Ryan Kerrigan — 2 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, 5 tackles. Continues to look like a terrific first-round draft choice.
Rex Grossman — Sure, he threw 2 interceptions and couldn’t muster a touchdown. But Grossman got back on the field, moved the team, and generally looked more like an NFL quarterback than John Beck. Which isn’t saying much, but … well, there weren’t a lot of winners in this one.
Leonard Hankerson — The rookie caught 8 passes for 106 yards in front of a hometown crowd and 50 family members (or something), and reminded everyone why he was a source of offseason excitement. Because it’s the Redskins, he also managed to get himself a painful looking injury. I’m sure he’ll be out for all eternity.
Kevin Barnes — Intercepted Matt Moore, which is something that probably should’ve happened a lot more often. Returned the ball to the 5, which wasn’t close enough for the offense to do anything with.
Perry Riley — Got the start ahead of Rocky McIntosh and played with enough energy and enthusiasm to overcome a few mistakes, make 7 tackles.
London Fletcher — London Fletcher is always a winner. Had something like 7 tackles.
Hope — In another terrible game in a dreadful season, it’s refreshing to see that many young guys on the Winners list. Kerrigan, Hankerson, Barnes, and Riley — along with Brian Orakpo, Roy Helu, and a few other young guys who didn’t quite crack the Winners list — all could be playing to be part of a (hopefully bright) future on this team. It helps a little bit that the offense moved the ball and didn’t seem eliminated from contention before ever taking the field.
Fred Smoot — Was excellent on CSNWashington’s postgame show. I miss Fred Smoot.
Brandon Banks — Had one nice punt return, a 22 yarder that set the offense up with decent field position, which they squandered. Is not on the roster to provide the occasional decent punt return.
John Beck — Got benched for Rex Grossman. Remains winless as an NFL player. Was terrible enough during his starts that even Rex’s drive-killing interceptions seemed pleasant by comparison.
“Bad” Rex Grossman – Look, no matter what I said above, he threw two interceptions and couldn’t lead the team to a touchdown.
Mike Shanahan’s relationship with the local media — Shanahan unequivocally named John Beck the starter for this game before starting Grossman. The media HATES this kind of thing. Expect lots of references to “put his reputation on the line” this week.
Kyle Shanahan — An offense still not scoring touchdowns generally bodes ill for an offensive coordinator.
Trent Williams — More penalties, some suspect blocking, AND gets himself named by Adam Shanahan Schefter as someone who got dinged for lockout recreational drug use. Nice day.
Fred Davis — Also apparently enjoys some pharmaceuticals, also got caught. He even failed to get his usual garbage time stats today, and dropped at least one catchable ball.
Anthony Armstong — Appears to have fallen behind something called a “David Anderson” on the depth chart, and was not only held without a catch but barely saw the field today. The feel-good story of 2010 has taken a grim turn.
Graham Gano — Missed two field goals. If you’re the only player on the field who can score points, you can’t leave points on the board. He could’ve cut the margin of defeat in half!
Sucking for Luck — Whether you agree with it as a deliberate strategy or not (and I don’t), the Redskins happen to have put themselves squarely into contention for a really high draft pick — the obvious prize, of course, being Stanford QB Andrew Luck. So the Dolphins getting their second win improves the Skins’ chances for a higher pick by a bit, but the Colts lost again and really seem to have this one on lock. Also, I can’t believe we actually have to discuss this as a real thing.