By: Ryan Cooley
The Redskins fell to the Jets 34-17 in a disappointing performance. The Jets were 2-7 coming into this matchup, and many believed the Skins had a real shot at winning this game. Looking ahead at their schedule, they have a real shot of finishing the season with a 1-15 record.
Here are five takeaways from the Redskins week 11 loss.
Haskins may not be the future
Haskins finished the game 19 of 35 for 214 yds, 2 TDs, and 1 INT. His stats look decent, however, must of those came in garbage time. Yes, the end of the game showed some promise, but let that not overshadow the fact of his that he did not play well.
He struggled for almost 55 minutes of this game. Not all of this is on the shoulders of Haskins, but he must play better. He made a fantastic throw to McLaurin for 67 yds that ended up being called back due to holding call. Outside of that and the last 5 minutes of the game, Haskins struggled immensely.
Haskins had two weeks to prepare for a defense that struggles against the pass and could not impress. This is not the end of the world, but it is not a good look. This is the same secondary that Daniel Jones torched with over 300 yds and 4 TDs. Hopefully, Haskins can turn it around next week against the Lions.
The offensive line is a huge problem
This team needs to improve in so many areas, but the offensive line may be the biggest. The line did not give Haskins much time when he dropped back, which resulted in six sacks. There is zero chance Williams is coming back, so they need to figure something out.
In 2016, Brissett was sacked 52 times, and by next season they had one of the best offensive lines in the league. This is not a task that takes years and years to accomplish. A team without a line that is capable of protecting their QB will not be able to find sustained success.
The Rams are struggling greatly this season, and their biggest problem is that Goff has no time to throw. Watson is playing at an MVP level but got completely shut down Sunday due to the offensive line and their inability to protect him.
Guice had a lot of hype after being selected in the second round. After two significant knee injuries, hopefully, he can live up to it. He looked great in his first game back. He was making cuts like he had no history of a knee injury. Guice finished the game with 69 total yds and one TD on only eight touches.
Guice was about the only bright spot in this game. I expect him to rack up a lot more touches next week.
Montez Sweat has disappointed
The Redskins traded back into the first round to select Sweat with the 26th overall pick. If not for a heart condition, he would have most likely been selected in the top 15. Sweat was an athletic freak at Mississippi State recording 14 sacks and 12.5 tackles for loss his senior year. He was a combine warrior running a 4.41 40-time and having a 36 inch vertical.
Many had high expectations for Sweat going into the year, but he has disappointed so far. He only has 2.5 sacks and has not terrorized QBs as we had hoped. This could very well be from Manusky being the defensive coordinator. Preston Smith already has hit double-digit sacks in only 11 weeks. His highest sack total in a season with Washington was eight.
If Manusky is gone after this season, hopefully, some young defenders like Sweat will actually begin to develop.
They may be the worst team in the league
This is not a hot take, but after Sunday’s performance, I believe they are the worst team in the league. Their only true competition is the Bengals (0-10) and Dolphins (2-8). The Bengals competed with the Raiders and only lost by seven. The Redskins beat the Dolphins 17-16, but they could have easily lost that one. If the Dolphins had put Fitzpatrick into the game 1-2 series earlier, they most likely would have walked away with a win.
The Redskins had two weeks to prepare for a 2-7 team and still made the Jets look like a playoff contender. If this season does not end with Bruce Allen’s firing, I don’t know what will. Sunday did nothing but prove just how far away the Redskins are from being true contenders.