It takes a lot of patience to be a Redskins fan that is on social media often, a frequent radio listener, or a regular in the comments section of Redskins comments' sections. Complaining is something all fans love to do in the strive for perfection. Redskins fans are no different. Brandon Banks was week in and week out the secondary topic to RGIII all season long. In some cases, even more.
Redskins Fans Loved to Hate By Year: (honorable mention in parenthesis)
2002: Danny Wuerffel
2003: Trung Canidate (Jeremiah Trotter, Rob Johnson)
2004: Taylor Jacobs
2005: Pierson Prioleau (Walt Harris)
2006: Adam Archuleta (Todd Wade)
2007: Mark Brunell (Reche Caldwell, Jason Fabini)
2008: Shaun Alexander (Durant Brooks, Malcolm Kelly)
2009: Stephon Heyer (Randle-El, Shaun Suisham)
2010: Albert Haynesworth (Ma'ake Kemoeatu, Donovan McNabb)
2011: Rex Grossman/John Beck (Graham Gano, Jammal Brown)
2012: Brandon Banks (Madieu Williams, Tyler Polumbus)
And that brings us to who will be the most hated Redskin in 2013:
9/5 odds: Tyler Polumbus - He struggled last year at Right Tackle, so the Shanahans modified the offensive scheme to help lessen the dependency at this position (bootlegs, run lefts). With the offense relatively stable at every position but Right Tackle, Polumbus will surely have all eyes on him. In reality, I should put the 9/5 odds at "Whoever plays Right Tackle" since Compton and Pashos would likely have issues here, too.
2/1 odds: Reed Doughty - This is a tough one since Doughty is an exceptional special teams player and a decent backup Safety. However, when he is starting for long stretches of the season, teams are able to expose him and gain yardage with coverage mismatches. Surely, Redskins fans will be calling for any of the rookie Safeties to start where the ceiling for greatness is still unknown and room for improvement is there.
5/1 odds: Leonard Hankerson - Hankerson is entering season three and has yet to show consistency to win a starting job. Fans have not forgotten his knack for dropping balls, so if Garcon or Moss need to miss an extended stretch due to injury, Hank the Tank has a short leash with Skins fans' patience.
6/1 odds: Kirk Cousins - Cousins rarely had time to prepare last season when his number was called to play, but entering season two with first team reps all summer, Redskins fans will expect a high-level of play. Naturally, this will lead to heavy criticism each Monday-Saturday from media and fans.
10/1 odds: Kai Forbath - Hating kickers is in Redskins' fans DNA after being spoiled by Moseley and Lohmiller. Sure, Forbath will have a longer leash this season, but kicking accuracy is not a sure thing.
13/1 odds: <Whoever is Kick Returner>: The bar was set pretty low by Brandon Banks, so I don't see much of an issue here whoever wins the KR/PR job. Banks at least though didn't fumble the ball for turnovers, which is why this position deserves mention here.