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Redskins, Shanahan, Griffin throw in the towel for 2013

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The Washington Redskins should be irrelevant right now. At 3-10 and in last place, the Redskins can't even tank for the NFL draft since their top pick belongs to the St. Louis Rams, thanks to their trade for Robert Griffin III two years ago. All of a sudden, that move doesn't look like the slam dunk it was last year, especially when Griffin was sidelined for the year on Dec. 11.

The Redskins continued their winning streak as the most dysfunctional NFL team off the field, while their losing streak on the field continues as well. Griffin won't help Washington snap it against the Atlanta Falcons on Dec. 15, with Kirk Cousins now named the starter for that game and the rest of the season.

Coach Mike Shanahan has been under fire for the Redskins' collapse, as well as his questionable relationship with Griffin and owner Daniel Snyder. Benching Griffin to supposedly protect him from hits in meaningless games comes too late to save the season, and likely Shanahan's job as well. Whether the benching only helps the case to fire him, only Snyder truly knows.

12 months ago, Washington was in the midst of a second half rise that gave it the NFC East title, and made Griffin look like the superstar of the future. But it was also about 12 months ago that Griffin suffered his first major injury, which was the first domino to fall against the Redskins.

Cousins did come in last December and keep the Redskins afloat, before Griffin returned to finish their run to the division title -- and to get hurt again in the playoffs. His subsequent slow recovery and Shanahan's inability to protect him have now led to this 3-10 train wreck.

Whether this series of events merely ruined this year, or many years to come for Griffin and Washington, is uncertain. No matter what, however, Shanahan likely won't be part of any redemption for the team and its quarterback next year.

With the towel officially thrown for 2013, all the Redskins can hope is that redemption isn't out of reach -- regardless of how irredeemable all involved look right now.



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