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Need to Know: 5 numbers the Redskins need to improve in 2014

Jun 9, 2014, 4:45 AM EST

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Here is what you need to know on this Monday, June 9, eight days before the start of Redskins minicamp.

Nickel coverage

Numbers don’t tell the whole story but they can be a good way to measure where your team needs improvement. Here are five numbers from last year that the Redskins need to improve in 2014.

8.0 opposition yards per pass attempt—The better teams give up five to six yards per attempt so the Redskins are way off pace here.

16.8 yards per punt return—This is a full three yards more than the second-worst team in this category (Colts, 13.7) and about 75 percent higher than the league average (9.4). Oh, and the three punt return touchdowns they gave up last year needs to shrink to zero.

74.7 yards from goal line to start average drive—This was the worst starting field position in the league, a result of turnovers by the offense, too many yards given up by the defense and the above-mentioned bad special teams play.

30 fumbles—This was the second-worst performance here in the NFL. They lost 15 of them, also the second most in the league. Even the fumbles the recovered didn’t turn out so well. One resulted in a safety, three others resulted in losses of 8, 10, and 12 yards.

3 wins—Yeah this is obvious. If they play better and some players have some breakout years but it doesn’t lead to much improvement in the wins column it all means nothing.

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Timeline

—It’s been 162 days since the Redskins played a game; it will be 90 days until they play the Texans in their 2014 season opener.

Days until: Minicamp starts 8; Training camp 45; Redskins @ Eagles 104

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  1. ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Jun 9, 2014 at 8:52 AM

    There is very little about last season that people want to remember. It seems like everything that could go wrong did go wrong.

    But I remember those 3rd downs…”Hurrah, we’ve got them at 3rd and 7″…and all too often, a completion or run would lead to missed tackles and a 1st down.
    ~

  2. kenlinkins - Jun 9, 2014 at 1:32 PM

    The first 4 stats will lead to the 5th stat in most cases. I do recall thinking that the Redskins placed the ball on the ground a lot in 2013, but didn’t know they were the 2nd worst in the NFL in 2013. Where did Morris rank in fumbles in 2013?

  3. csting3 - Jun 9, 2014 at 6:21 PM

    Dropped passes and missed tackles should be #1 & 2

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