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Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III walks off the field after an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers in Landover, Md., Monday, Nov. 25, 2013. The 49ers defeated the Redskins 27-6. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

FENNO: RG3's words not the Redskins biggest problem

Midnight crept closer and, finally, Robert Griffin III found a place that 49ers defenders couldn't accost him. The Redskins quarterback stood behind a podium in the half-full interview room at FedEx Field as the final minutes of Monday night disappeared. He invoked demons and God. Dodged questions. Tried to explain the failed season. But even the podium offered little protection to Griffin after the 27-6 embarrassment against the 49ers laid bare the franchise's woes in front of a national television audience. Published November 26, 2013

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III is sacked by Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Najee Goode during an NFL football game in Philadelphia, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013. (AP Photo/The News-Journal, Andre L. Smith) NO SALES

FENNO: When expectations meet reality, the results can be rather ugly

So desperate is Washington for a consistent winner that the cycle is predictable. Build up a team. Paper over the flaws. Suck the marrow from every bit of success and forget, if only for a moment, that the good times may be more illusion than reality. That the bad old days of struggle may not be as distant as hoped. Published November 19, 2013

Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen (69) shoves Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) during the first half of an NFL football game Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

FENNO: Redskins' flagging season heads toward demolition

The problem is that this isn't last year, no matter how many times the tired comparison is mentioned in the locker room. That's why the Robert Griffin III tried, without much success, to explain how the Redskins lost to a team that had just one win, played without six starters and feature a quarterback rotation that seems to be drawn out of a horned Vikings hat each week. Published November 8, 2013

Pedro Taylor, father of Sean Taylor,  sits listening to the verdict in the trial of Eric Rivera Jr. Monday Nov. 4, 2013 in Miami.  Rivera was found guilty of second degree murder in the death of his son Sean Taylor.Woman at right not identified.   (AP Photo/The Miami Herald, Walter Michot, Pool)  no sales

FENNO: Guilty verdict in Taylor murder doesn't change one very sad fact

Eric Rivera, 23, will spend between 25 years and life in prison depending on the sentencing that that comes in December, paying each day for what happened inside the modest home on Old Cutler Road. Sean Taylor, though, is gone. Too young. Too soon. The absence is as permanent as the words from Psalm 23 etched on his gravestone. Published November 5, 2013

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) sits on the sideline in the fourth quarter as the Washington Redskins play the San Diego Chargers at FedExField, Landover, Md., Sunday, November 3, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

FENNO: RG3's performance a reminder that for all his gifts, he's still a work in progress

The Redskins and Robert Griffin III found a way to escape the Chargers in overtime and keep the season from tumbling into oblivion. But the quarterback's up-and-down second season continued. The now-familiar cocktail of overthrown passes and hell-bent runs and plays made when they mattered most mixed together again in another reminder of the bumpy path of developing young quarterbacks. Published November 3, 2013

Washington Redskins strong safety Brandon Meriweather (31) is flagged for a helmet to helmet hit on Chicago Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery (17) in the third quarter as the Washington Redskins play the Chicago Bears at FedExField, Landover, Md., Sunday, October 20, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

FENNO: Brandon Meriweather shows no signs of learning from his mistakes

If Brandon Meriweather learned anything from his one-week NFL-mandated sabbatical, evidence is in short supply. The same poor judgment the veteran Redskins safety has shown on the field this season continued Monday in the locker room at Redskins Park. Published October 29, 2013

Washington Redskins Mike Shanahan watches play against the Denver Broncos from the sidelines in the second quarter of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013, in Denver. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)

FENNO: Mike Shanahan can't escape shadow of past success

Like Shanahan's previous 54 games with the Redskins, Sunday offered teases of success. But teases don't contend for Super Bowls. Teases hang around long enough to see their hopes evaporate into the city's thin air in a flurry of mistakes that made Shanahan's heady days seem more distant than the highlight video. Published October 27, 2013

Washington Redskins strong safety Brandon Meriweather (31) and Washington Redskins cornerback E.J. Biggers (30) leave the field as the Washington Redskins defeat the Chicago Bears 45-41 at FedExField, Landover, Md., Sunday, October 20, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

FENNO: In NFL's hit parade, a 2-game suspension doesn't amount to much

The uproar over Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather obscures a more fundamental question. Can football be made safe? Is this simply a behavior problem — something that can be addressed through the right combination of rules, discipline and improved technique — or is the real issue the game? Published October 22, 2013

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) hugs Offensive Coordinator Kyle Shanhan after defeating the Chicago Bears at FedExField, Landover, Md., October 20, 2013. (Preston Keres/Special for The Washington Times)

FENNO: Credit the Redskins for surviving, if not thriving

The season teetered on the precipice of all-out failure -- imagine facing the Broncos' offensive meat-grinder in Denver next week with a 1-5 record -- but the Redskins found a way to pull back from the brink. Published October 20, 2013

**FILE** Former Georgetown star Victor Page averaged 15.8 points per game in with the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the NBA Developmental League from 1997-2002. Page currently is serving a 10-year jail sentence in Prince George's County, Md. (Sioux Falls Skyforce)

FENNO: For Victor Page, reality of fall from stardom difficult to grasp

The basketball career fizzled years ago. Ask what became of the former Georgetown star, though, and the answer starts with a series of disheveled, cringe-inducing mugshots and a trail of court records that lead to a cramped interview room at the Prince George's County Correctional Center. Published October 15, 2013

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dwayne Harris (17) escapes a tackle attempt by Washington Redskins' Reed Doughty (37) on a punt return in the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tim Sharp)

FENNO: Redskins' special teams not so special

Darrel Young stood in a corner of the locker room underneath AT&T Stadium that reeked of sweat, stale air and defeat. Every few seconds, he slapped the side of his navy suit for emphasis because the words, really, didn't seem adequate to describe the Redskins not-so-special teams. Published October 14, 2013