NFL Nation: 2013 Week 14 KC at WAS Rapid Reaction

Rapid Reaction: Washington Redskins

December, 8, 2013

LANDOVER, Md. -- Thoughts and observations after the Washington Redskins' 45-10 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs:

What it means: The end of the Mike Shanahan regime. With stories now detailing the nature of numerous relationships at Redskins Park -- Shanahan and Robert Griffin III's; Griffin and Dan Snyder's; and Kyle Shanahan and Griffin's -- it’ll be tough for Shanahan to survive, especially after a disastrous and embarrassing 45-10 loss to Kansas City on Sunday. If Snyder fires Shanahan, it can be justified based on the record over the first three-plus years (24-37) and the fact that they have not improved this season. They’ll have salary cap room, but the direction they’re headed in is the wrong one. Shanahan has complained about how much noise accompanies coaching the Redskins. It certainly has annoyed him during his tenure and it probably makes coaching more difficult. Nothing is ever as bad as it seems, but it’s hard to paint this season in any sort of positive light. For a while bringing Shanahan back was a legitimate option. Players have maintained support, both privately and publicly. But there just seems to be too much ongoing “noise” for Shanahan to survive for a fifth season.

Stock watch: Down: special teams coach Keith Burns. The Chiefs returned a punt for a touchdown and then later a kickoff for a touchdown. Burns’ first season in Washington has been a disaster, whether it’s all his doing or not. The fact is, the special teams have been dreadful. They were not a great unit before he arrived; they’ve been terrible all year. Really, we could put an entire list of Redskins players -- and coaches -- on the “down” portion of the stock report.

QB watch: Griffin had a miserable day in the sloppy weather, completing 12 of 26 passes for 164 yards. He eyeballed a receiver leading to an easy read and interception by linebacker Derrick Johnson. Griffin was replaced by fellow second-year QB Kirk Cousins, who didn’t fare much better. He completed 7 of 16 passes for 59 yards. Both quarterbacks were put in obvious pass situations quite a bit. There are a lot of reasons the passing game didn’t work, but neither one provided much of a spark. In truth, the Redskins' offense was never in this game. Nor was their defense. Nor their special teams.

Up next: The Redskins play at Atlanta in a game that, before the season, looked like one that would have playoff implications. That notion died a long time ago.

Rapid Reaction: Kansas City Chiefs

December, 8, 2013

LANDOVER, Md. -- A few thoughts on the Kansas City Chiefs' 45-10 victory against the Washington Redskins:

What it means: The Chiefs got back to playing the kind of game that produced a nine-game winning streak earlier in the season, even if it was against the lowly Redskins. After getting just two sacks in the last five games, the Chiefs dragged down Washington quarterbacks Robert Griffin III and Kirk Cousins six times. They also scored two special teams touchdowns. The 10-3 Chiefs snapped their three-game losing streak.

Stock watch: The Chiefs have been solid on special teams most of the season but had their best kicking game. Dexter McCluster returned a punt 74 yards for a touchdown and set a team record for punt return yardage. Quintin Demps also returned a kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown. Knile Davis returned a kickoff for a touchdown last week against the Denver Broncos. After being shut out for the past four weeks, linebacker Tamba Hali had a pair of sacks. Rookie cornerback Marcus Cooper was picked on mercilessly by Denver quarterback Peyton Manning last week but bounced back with a solid game.

Incredible Charles: Jamaal Charles entered the game as the AFC’s leading rusher and had his best game of the season, rushing for 151 yards and one touchdown. He also caught a touchdown pass. Charles last week went over 1,000 rushing yards for the fourth time in his Chiefs career. That’s a Kansas City record. The Chiefs removed Charles from the game after the third quarter was finished, and that may have cost him another score. His backup, rookie Davis, scored on a 17-yard touchdown run early in the fourth period.

What’s next: The Chiefs continue their two-game road trip by playing the Oakland Raiders on Sunday in Oakland. The Raiders are 4-9 after losing Sunday to the New York Jets. They lost 24-7 to the Chiefs in October in Kansas City.




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