FOXBORO - Back in September, it seemed like this might be the Redskins' year. They won their first two over the Giants and Arizona. Then, after a narrow loss at Dallas, they won on the road at St. Louis. Could Mike Shanahan find love and happiness in post-Haynesworth D.C.?No.It all blew up on them. Six straight losses from October 16 through November 20 removed any trace of optimism. Even their recent win - a 23-17 triumph at Seattle - was quickly undone by a home loss last Sunday to the Jets and the suspensions of two of their best players - tight end Fred Davis and left tackle Trent Williams. Washington is now 4-8 and slogging through another hopeless December. They haven't made the playoffs since 2007 when Joe Gibbs was in charge. They've had six winning seasons since 1992. And in that 20-season span, they reached 10 wins just twice. The Redskins are quietly one of the league's most hapless organizations. This season, they are tied for last in the league in turnover differential (-13) and have the league's second-worst giveaway total (28). They are second-to-last in the league in rushing which wouldn't be so bad if they didn't have Rex Grossman (69.8 QB rating, 15 picks, 57.9 completion percentage) commanding their passing attack. Add to the mix that Grossman is now without Davis, his No. 1 target by a wide margin (59 catches, 796 yards) and that his No. 2 is aging wideout Jabar Gaffney and you can see that things may be bleak for Washington offensively this week. Just as they've been bleak since early October.
This is the second in a series of position-by-position looks at the Patriots by Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry as we head into the offseason. Today's position: Cornerback