The Washington Football Team sits at 2-4 after losing at home to the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.
Any chatter about them repeating as NFC East champs can be put on ice. With so many teams in the NFC hovering around .500, the Wild Card is still in play, but with an unforgiving schedule the rest of the way, that seems unlikely.
Washington’s offense isn’t nearly as prolific as it needs to be to make up for the defense’s continued shortcomings. Objectively speaking, it’s not too early to start speculating about who might be cut loose at season’s end.
Yes, we’re only six games deep, but most fans have their eyes on the future, which still looks bright … though that light is dimming with each passing week.
With that in mind, let’s highlight some players who are already proving with their performance that they won’t be back next year.
3 Washington players proving they won’t be back in 2022
3. Bobby McCain
It wouldn’t be surprising if Washington had an entirely new starting safety tandem next season. That better be the case, because the position has been an absolute disaster through six weeks.
While Landon Collins has drawn the ire from the fan base, Bobby McCain is giving him a run for his money in that regard.
Washington signed McCain in free agency as part of its secondary overhaul, and he, much like the rest of the secondary, has been a liability. The former fifth-round pick currently owns a 55.9 coverage grade from Pro Football Focus, well below the standard of a starting safety in today’s pass-heavy NFL.
McCain hasn’t fared much better vs the run, which, again is a necessity for starting safeties in today’s NFL. He’s logged a 48.4 run defense grade from PFF, and we can’t help but point to his lame tackle attempt on Alvin Kamara’s touchdown run in Week 4 as a summation of his play this season.
To put the cherry on top of this foul-tasting cake, McCain decided to call out the media, which has been rightfully tough on the defense amid its awful start to the year, after Washington beat Atlanta (congrats?).
That’s no way to win over fans or the media, so we’d be shocked if McCain, a free agent after the season, is back in DC in 2022.