Tonight was my most embarrassing game as a Redskins fan. Even more than the Eagles MNF game of a few years ago. The score was 27-6, "only" a 21 point win for the 49ers. It wasn’t 59-28 (Eagles ’10) or 52-7 (Patriots ’07), but it went much deeper than that. First of all, I’d like to say that the performance by Josh Wilson tonight was quite possibly the worst secondary performance of football history, maybe even the worst defensive performance of football history. He never put any pressure on the line of scrimmage, playing a good 5-7 yards from his receiver (usually Boldin) as the ball is snapped, instead of even attempting to be physical with him for 5 yards. He then proceeded to at times watch the ball and the quarterback constantly, and then therefore having his back to his assignment. Even when he wasn’t doing that, 90% of the time he was allowing a good 5 yard cushion for the receiver to make the catch and gain yards after the catch. The rest of the secondary played like s**t as well but Josh Wilson especially was just horrible. Our front 7 actually played well for most of the game, putting pressure on Kaep and stopping runs to about 2 yards, but NONE of that mattered when Kaep could make quick, easy, and long throws to his receivers.
Robert Griffin III will receive all of the blame for this game. THAT is the sad truth, and that is what I am dreading the most about the backlash from this game. Griffin didn’t play horrible tonight, in fact he didn’t play all that bad. He greatly reduced his amount of overthrown balls, except for that one to Aldrick. However, his receivers dropped some crucial balls tonight, including a few by Paulsen and that crucial one by Aldrick deep against Carlos Rogers. The offensive line continued to be absolute s**t; in my estimation, the worst in the league. I actually didn’t know this until tonight when Gruden pointed it out, but we have the LIGHTEST offensive line in the league, giving reason as to exactly WHY they get CONSTANTLY PUMMELED by opposing D-Lines and Linebackers. This s**ty O-Line is why Robert is have so many troubles and doesn’t have ANY time to allow his receivers to get open OR throw it away, allowing FOUR sacks tonight. Even though Alfred did well when he could, including Helu sometimes, I’d say well over half of our running plays went no further than the line of scrimmage. It also comes down to Kyle’s play-calling, which (there’s a theme here) was also total, absolute s**t tonight. Those screen passes BARELY WORKED, and were stopped at or behind the line of scrimmage quite a few times because the SF linebackers were right there. What I would have liked to have seen from Kyle is for some bootleg action, because it would have been perfect against this defense and with our offensive line. It would have taken the linebackers away from the QB and allowed for the possibility of some good medium gains. Unfortunately, Kyle doesn’t know how to make adjustments and didn’t see this.
With all of this in mind, as I said, Griffin will receive all of the blame from outside media. They will continue to question him as a leader and may even start to bring up the "fluke" word for his season last year. While it does come with the territory of being "the savior" of the franchise and a leader, it is, at least for the most part, undeserved toward Griffin. And what we will see is not only him being blamed for the loss, but more things such as Darrell Green, Santana Moss, and the NFL.com article coming out about him, mostly untrue, portraying him as "the bad guy" and making people detest the man. That is what I’m dreading most about the aftermath of this game.
The Redskins and Robert Griffin III's supporting cast played like s**t on national TV, and will unfortunately pay the consequences for it. Unfortunately, us Redskins fans will also pay the consequences, and while I will always wear my burgundy and gold with pride, EXPECT jeering galore until we can nationally be considered "good" again.