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Need to Know: Five things the Redskins must do better in 2014

Jan 5, 2014, 7:00 AM EDT

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Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, January 5, 65 days before the start of free agency.

Offense or defense? How about neither?

Here are five numbers the Redskins’ new coach is going to work to improve in 2014:

1. Defensive passing yards per play: Redskins 7.58, NFL average 6.65—This means that every time the other team drops back to pass it gains almost a yard more than the league average (this number takes yards lost by sacks into account) and over two yards more than the Seahawks and Bengals.

2. Punt return average allowed: Redskins 16.8, NFL average 9.4—We’ll just let this represent all of the special teams woes since this entire post could be made of kicking game performance that were well below the NFL average.

3. Offensive interception rate: Redskins 3.11%, NFL average 2.77%–This could be an anomaly due to Robert Griffin III’s struggles and Kirk Cousins appearing in garbage time earlier in the season and then having some issues in NFL starts number 2,3, and 4. But the turnovers have to stop.

4. Fumbles lost: Redskins 15, NFL average 9.75—The other element of the turnover equation didn’t look too good either. They didn’t have particularly bad luck in recovering fumbles; they put the ball on the ground 30 times and a 50 percent recovery rate is right around the NFL average.

5. First quarter scoring differential: Redskins minus-79 points, league average 0—The Redskins were last in the league here and one of the five worst in NFL history. A team that has to play from behind from the very beginning game after game is not going to be very successful.

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Timeline

—On this date in 1991, the Redskins beat the Eagles 20-6 in a Wild Card playoff game. The win was revenge for the “Body Bag” game in Philadelphia two months earlier.

Days until: NFL free agency 65; Offseason workout start 92; 2014 NFL Draft 123

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  1. timwillhidetimwillhide - Jan 5, 2014 at 8:14 AM

    Two of these things could be fixed with a better O-LINE PASS BLOCKING QB fumbles are effected by the BAD PASS BLLOCKING also. The PASS BLOCKING IS THE #1 THING THAT NEEDS FIXED!!!

    • Rich Tandler - Jan 5, 2014 at 8:25 AM

      Welcome, Tim.

      The Redskins actually allowed slightly fewer sacks per pass attempt than the NFL average. But, hey, why let the facts get in the way of a good, all-caps rant.

      • timwillhidetimwillhide - Jan 5, 2014 at 9:56 AM

        Lol the O-LINE didn’t pass the eye test in the pass blocking area you can’t deny that not enough time to get a play off let alone let a play develope

      • timwillhidetimwillhide - Jan 5, 2014 at 10:08 AM

        Riddle me this Rich. How did they rank in hits and hurries?

        • Rich Tandler - Jan 5, 2014 at 10:47 AM

          Although some issues were due to Robert holding on to the ball, I generally agree pass pro needs upgrade. When I checked hits and hurries sometime in early November they were middle of the pack. But I will take a closer look in the future. Might not get to it until there is a new coach.

        • timwillhidetimwillhide - Jan 5, 2014 at 10:57 AM

          Thanks I think it would be a good and enlightening article Breaking it down by play would also be nice

      • hitmeimopen - Jan 5, 2014 at 11:30 AM

        Poster is in the right area, just a bit off-target. The OL is below average but I see the upgrade needed as being able to power-block. I have no problem with the zone-blocking scheme, but it must be able to power block also. When the head coach isn’t confident enough to call a fourth-and-one QB sneak and get it, we will lose a bunch of these games. Check out Saints last night…twice they pushed Brees to a first down in short yardage. Big boys get the job done…it’s not glamorous…just wins games.

        • Rich Tandler - Jan 5, 2014 at 11:33 AM

          Good thought on the OL but unless you get really lucky in the draft putting together a line athletic enough to run the stretch plays and powerful enough to push for 5-yard gains on QB sneaks would blow up the salary cap. Pick one or the other and be good at it.

  2. timwillhidetimwillhide - Jan 5, 2014 at 10:59 AM

    by player

  3. hailyeah1 - Jan 5, 2014 at 11:01 AM

    hey Rich the stats do show where the improvement needs to be but it looked like a chain reaction offense goes three and out for what ever reason defense allows quick scores or long drives special teams blunders we get behind and bingo the loses just piled up .Pass blocking looked like an old keystone cops short as well the defensive secondary and kick coverage at times ,mental errors could have caused alot of it play calling could have caused alot of it but in the end coaches have to coach and players have to play and it seems like there was neither was going on at times .

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