Thursday, January 2, 2014
All-NFC East: Washington Redskins
By John Keim
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The Washington Redskins won only three games, so it’s no surprise that they landed only three players on the All-NFC East team, two of whom might not be with the team next season.
Washington saw the fewest number of players named to the team, which is exactly as it should be. The Philadelphia Eagles led the way with 11 members followed by the Dallas Cowboys (eight) and New York Giants (four).
Running back Alfred Morris was the only Redskin on the first-team offense, which was deserved. He and receiver Pierre Garcon were the two most consistent offensive players on a bad team. Morris was more targeted by defenses this season, and the passing game was inconsistent. But he still managed to rush for 1,275 yards, averaging 4.6 yards per carry. He was joined on the first team at running back by Philadelphia’s LeSean McCoy, the best runner in the division. I did agree with Jason Peters and Tyron Smith being named the top two offensive tackles in the division; with those two and Trent Williams, it’s an excellent division for tackles. Garcon had a terrific year, but he was not more dangerous than the two who made it ahead of him.
The Redskins’ defense had a bad season, but they still managed to land two defensive players -- both pending free agents -- on the team: linebacker Brian Orakpo and corner DeAngelo Hall. I have no problems with either player being on the list; corner play in the division was inconsistent and Hall had a solid season. At outside linebacker the choices weren’t great, either. But Orakpo’s finish certainly helped.