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Countdown to Redskins training camp: 30 TD passes

Jun 23, 2014, 2:25 PM EDT


We’re counting down to the start of training camp here by looking at some numbers that will be keys to the Redskins’ 2014 season.

30—The target number of touchdown passes for Robert Griffin III

This may seem to be a shade ambitious since a total of 36 in his two years in the NFL. But Andy Dalton, Jay Gruden’s quarterback in Cincinnati, averaged 30 TD passes per season the last two years (27 in 2012, 33 last year). Few would question the fact that Griffin has more natural ability than Dalton and with his receiver corps upgraded with the additions of DeSean Jackson and Andre Roberts he should have the tools to get it done.

Last year 30 touchdown passes would have been good for sixth in the league, just behind Tony Romo (31) and ahead of Philip Rivers (29).

  1. chaos744 - Jun 23, 2014 at 2:39 PM

    I’ve been preaching 33 TDs, 8 INTs, 4500 yds, 300 rushing, 4 TDs.

  2. kenlinkins - Jun 23, 2014 at 7:14 PM

    While I think it is a good idea to set goals, before I take the over / under at 30TD in the air I want to see if the Redskins O-Line can form a pocket with Kory L at center and Chester still playing RG. IMO the Redskins will have to adjust the O-Line again before the start of the season. Once the pads are on we will know for sure but being able to drop anchor and fight to a stand still a pass rushing DT or DE for 3.5 seconds is not eithers strong suit! The middle of the O-Line is an area I will be watching very close early in preseason games.

    • alextwrs - Jun 23, 2014 at 8:02 PM

      So will the coaches Ken. I’m hoping last year was under performance for our interior oline, and this year competition will help bring the best line available. Your absolutely right, he has to be protected. I’m hoping our run game might open the field up as well. Hail

    • redskinsnameisheretostay - Jun 28, 2014 at 6:05 PM

      If Chester is still starting then we should be concerned about pass rush. He is just too mall at RG to be holding down any DT for 3.5 seconds.

  3. abanig - Jun 23, 2014 at 8:14 PM

    I’m thinking 63%, 4250 yds, 25 tds, 10 ints passing, 600 yds rushing 5 tds

  4. shermanp79 - Jun 24, 2014 at 8:55 AM

    I have said 30 tds is reasonable in this game today. I expect it. I think he will run for a handful more. There will be space and he will gain chunks of yards when he scrambles. I hope he keeps his eyes down field and can add some big plays off the scramble this year. In Shanahans offense the WRs didn’t take off and adjust when he got outside the pocket. I expect Gruden to preach it. He threw 12 ints last year and I don’t see him going over that even with more passing. He will have more decisions and that’s why I expect a few but I don’t expect him to force things and he will have more options. I’m sure Gruden is hammering CK down, an issue he had last year. With all the pressure and inability to use his legs he forced things down field. I think some bad habbits caused some picks too. I expect him to be smarter and having the offseason in a pro style without the pistol is helping him. He has incredible talent and smarts, he will do well with Gruden helping him. The other clown made it personal and put him in a bad situation. I won’t say the pistol was totally wrong because of its success but it hurt his development and last year he had no shot without an offseason. I expect 30 td and 4k passing along with near 500 yds rushing.

    • Rich Tandler - Jun 24, 2014 at 8:59 AM

      The Pistol is not gone, they lined up in it frequently in OTAs and minicamp. It’s a good formation for a mobile QB and a team with a good running game regardless of how often read option is run. It has the advantages of the shotgun but offers more diversity in the running game.

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      • alextwrs - Jun 24, 2014 at 1:30 PM

        I agree Rich, it helps the oline as the def has so many gaps to protect from exposure from the run game and that allows the QB more time to find an open option. I can see a couple play action wr screens coming from this formation and it could be deadly w Pierre and deseans incredible yac abilities. Hail

    • redskinsnameisheretostay - Jun 28, 2014 at 6:09 PM

      Huh? The pistol offense help him accomplish a great Rookie Season. Others are still mimicking it today. I’m not sure what your issue is with using a Pistol formation. It has it’s advantages even in the NFL.

    • redskinsnameisheretostay - Jun 28, 2014 at 6:11 PM

      Huh? The pistol offense helped RG3 excel into a great Rookie.

      • shermanp79 - Jun 30, 2014 at 1:47 PM

        Yes I do agree I have said it before but if you noticed the pistol was used less last year as it went on. It was also stopped more and resulted in fewer of the big plays. I didn’t say don’t use at all in earlier post but it hindered RG3s maturing. Last year showed it when he stayed in the pocket and was reluctant to run. That is really my issue with Pistol. It’s a gimmick offense. Long term and later in his Career he needs to learn to play a pocket offense. He can roll out and scramble but trying to mold his game towards Rodgers is who he really wants to be anyway.

        • Rich Tandler - Jun 30, 2014 at 1:50 PM

          To be clear, the Pistol is a formation, not an offense. The QB is about 5 yards behind the center, RB a few yards directly behind the QB. That’s all it is. It can be a base for read option plays. But you can run, say regular handoffs, play-action passes, drop back passes, or whatever you want from the Pistol. You can also run the read option from under center or from the shotgun.

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        • shermanp79 - Jun 30, 2014 at 2:24 PM

          I do understand that…I used the broader term because you can do all those out of it.. The “pocket offense” is even worse LOL I guess that’s what happens when you rush through your thoughts trying to write them quickly. Then don’t read b4 sending.

        • Rich Tandler - Jun 30, 2014 at 2:26 PM

          That’s OK, I was just nitpicking. It’s a common mistake that fans make and I like to correct it when I have a chance.

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