It is amazing to me to be able to look at so many players on this team and realize in their own unique way are major reasons for us getting this far. These are the players that stood out the most to me during this season.
Couldn't ask for much more from RGIII (except maybe to learn how to slide and not take as many hits). Not only has he excelled as a passer and a runner, but also as a decision maker, game manager, and a leader. The sky is the limit with him.
stepped in when RGIII couldn't go and rose to the occasion.
What can you say about Alfred Morris
except that the man is a workhorse. We kept feeding him the ball and he kept pounding away at the defenses. No way we are as successful without him.
has been the physical, playmaking receiver we've been looking for and with him in the lineup, we seldom lose. With Garcon getting the attention from defenses, it has opened things up for Santana Moss
to be very productive on the field. Josh Morgan
, even though he's had a few brain farts this year, has also made key plays as the season has gone on as well.
filled in admirably when Fred Davis
went down for the year. He may not be the receiving threat Davis is, but he is a very good blocker and a dependable reciever.
For all the flack the O line has gotten, they have really done a nice job this year. Trent Williams
was a rock out there at LT. He played hurt and still shut down the other team's best pass rushers. Will Montgomery
was probably the best center in the division this season. One other lineman that we wouldn't have gotten as far without is Tyler Polumbus. Because of injury, he was forced to be our RT this year. Although he was no world beater by any means, he did fill in admirably.
For once, our kicking game is pretty steady with Kai Forbath
and Sav Rocca. Cobra Kai has been the most reliable kicker I've seen for the Skins since the early 90's.
has come in and been a decent corner, but has also changed our punt return from a weakness into a strength simply by making smarter decisions and actually running forward (unlike Banks). His OT return was HUGE in the big win over the Ravens
is the team swiss army knife. He fills in wherever he is asked and gives his all. He's been an absolute BEAST on special teams. Being nominated to the pro bowl was well deserved.
catches a lot of flack, but not for lack of effort, but more for a lack of God given athletic ability. However, he's not only been his usual self on special teams, but has also made some big plays in key situations down the stretch on defense as well.
For as much as I couldn't stand him earlier in the season, Deangelo Hall has really pulled it together and played very well the second half of the year. He was crucial in shutting down Dez Bryant
in the finale.
did an amazing job filling in for the injured Brian Orakpo
this season. He is an all around OLB who has been clutch during the win streak. The 4th quarter INT of Romo was amazing! (Off the subject...After the game Romo was so upset on the sideline that he threw his helmet, which was also intercepted. Couldn't help myself on that one in LOL).
We may not have seen Ryan Kerrigan's sack numbers as high as we would have liked, but he was still a force out there because of the way he plays.
The first half of the season, London Fletcher
just seemed old and slow. I was glad to see him back to his usual self during the second half of the season, He has been all over the place wrecking havoc on the QB, on the ball carrier, and even in coverage. I am very proud to have him on this football team.
Even though it doesn't show up statistically, Stephen Bowen
and Barry Cofield
have been forces on that defensive front. They've been the ones taking up the blockers so the other guys can make the plays. Bowen even made the play at the end of the Eagles
game on Foles.
The coaching staff made an offensive gameplan that suited the abilities of the players on the field and made the defensive adjustments to dial up more pressure and play more man coverage toward the end of the season. Also, the decision to finally drop Brandon Banks
from returning any more kicks was good decision as well. My hat is off to coach Mike Shanahan and co.
I know I haven't mentioned everyone who has contributed to the Redskins
success this season, but like I said before, these are the people who have stood out the most to me.
Hail To The Redskins, 2012 NFC Eastern Division Champions!!!