Opinions and observations from the Redskins 19-11 loss to San Francisco Sunday:
Nothing that really played into the Redskins four consecutive loss should be surprising. The turnovers kept piling up (two in the first half), the offense couldn't establish anything and the defense missed more tackles. This team, now 3-5, is in complete disarray.
The first-quarter woes continue. The Redskins went four-and-out on the opening possession and three-and-out on the second possession. Once again, that meant playing from behind they trailed 13-0 late in the first half. The offense in its current form isnt built to chase a game.
The Redskins had nothing to lose in letting Graham Gano attempt and make a franchise-record 59-yard field goal to end the first half. The pass protection would not have made a hail Mary attempt possible. The kick ended a drought of 19 consecutive possessions without a point.
Running back Roy Helu's 14 catches were a single-game Redskins record.
This is how bad its gotten for the Redskins offense. The Electrifying Play of the Game on the in-stadium scoreboard was Ganos field goal.
At this point, Mike Shanahan has to consider going back to Rex Grossman. John Beck is just missing too many things in the passing game.
Return man Brandon Banks continues to be a non-factor, and his decision-making is becoming a bigger problem. He fielded a punt (and muffed it) at the Redskins 3-yard line in the first half, and that was totally idiotic. He later recovered a dropped punt in the final five minutes.
Tough to judge how left guard Mo Hurt did in his regular-season debut, although he did give up a pressure early on. The Redskins shuffled the deck, inserting Hurt and moving Will Montgomery back to center (replacing Erik Cook).
Shanahan clearly saw enough of Trent Williams getting flagged for unnecessary roughness. After the flag, Williams was benched for one play.
Despite being 7-1, the 49ers shouldnt scare anybody. Alex Smith isnt asked to do much besides be a game manager. Having running back Frank Gore helps he had his fifth consecutive 100-yard game.
Cornerback DeAngelo Hall got away with unsportsmanlike conduct when he slapped Braylon Edwards on the side of the head after a second-half play.
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