When the fantasy football gurus were making their start 'em or sit 'em recommendations in 2012, their go-to pick was the wide receivers who were going up against the Redskins. It was like stealing money. In the opener it was the Saints' Lance Moore with six catches for 120 yards and a touchdown. Week 2 owners who had the Rams' Danny Almendola got a great deal of help from his 15 catches for 160 yards and a touchdown.
An on it went. Through the first seven weeks of the season at least one opposing receiver put up 100 yards or more every game. And frequently the highlights of the receivers' big days had Hall or Wilson in the picture, in futile chase of the man with the ball.
When opposing quarterbacks targeted Hall's receiver they rang up a passer rating of 90.0 according to Pro Football Focus. Targeting Wilson's man led to a 94.3.0 rating. It all added up to 4511 passing yards for the opposition, 30th in the NFL in 2012 and the most in team history by more than 300 yards.
It wasn't all on Hall and Wilson, of course. Nickel back Cedric Griffin had not caught on to the defensive scheme in the early going and then he missed three games with a strained hamstring early in the season and then he was out the last four games of the regular season due to a PED-related suspension. When he was in there, QB's enjoyed a passer rating of 100.0 when targeting his man.
The corners who filled in for Griffin weren't quite up to the task. The rookie Crawford was still learning and Johnson and David Jones were journeymen for a reason.
Add in poor safety play (we will cover that tomorrow), a pass rush that was questionable even before Brian Orakpo and Adam Carriker were lost for the season with injuries, and the fact that the Redskins' offense was fourth in scoring, forcing the opposition to throw a league-high 636 times, and you have plenty of mitigating circumstances.
But Hall and Wilson certainly warrant their share of the blame. In spite of that, it would not be surprising to see both of them back as the Redskins' starters
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