Is Fletcher becoming a reason why the defense is bad? (US Presswire)
WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- Let me make this really simple to understand: The Redskins need to stop giving up gigantic plays on defense and start producing them again offensively, specifically through the air.
We've all moved on from the Mike Shanahan comments earlier this month. And though the "evaluation mode" comments stung the hearts of Redskins fans, with a 3-6 record, it's the reality of the NFL business.
I'm excluding the secondary from this post because each member is an obvious candidate for criticism. So which players will be scrutinized heavily on film? Some of these guys may even wind up on a different team in 2013.
He has only one touchdown all season long. He isn't a reliable enough red zone target, which has hampered the Redskins offense since Fred Davis was sidelined for the season. Hankerson has yet to have a 100-yard game either. For Washington's offense to continually click, Hankerson must play with more consistency.
This statistic is alarming about Polumbus: the 'Skins offensive line has allowed 48 quarterback hurries this season and Polumbus is responsible for 23 of them. Right tackle is a glaring need in D.C. but the problem is it can't be addressed properly without a hefty price tag or a high draft pick.
Royster is a guy who needs a bunch of carries to get hot off the bench. He isn't a flashy guy who can come in and make a big run or catch to spark the offense. His longest play is 12-yards all season. I think Roy Helu Jr. would still have the upper hand going into next season as Alfred Morris' backup.
Surprise, surprise. Obviously DeAngelo Hall and company are having much worse seasons than the Redskins captain. But if you go and look back at film (like I do with the $80 NFL app), Fletcher has been suspect in coverage more often than not. The 3-4 scheme allowed Fletcher to stay near the league lead in tackles, but his covering skills are now costing the Redskins. His run stopping will always be there, but I challenge you to closely analyze the iron man Fletcher and see whether it would behoove Washington to give rookie Keenan Robinson some run time at linebacker.