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Need to Know: Points will need to soar for 2014 Redskins

Jun 25, 2014, 5:02 AM EDT


Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, June 25, 29 days before the Redskins start training camp.

Three and out

—I’m having a hard time figuring out how much the Redskins will pass this year. The Patriots and Saints passed about 40 times per game last year. The Seahawks and Panthers averaged about 30 pass attempts per game. The 7-9 Rams and 4-12 Bucs were in the bottom six in pass attempts while the 4-12 Browns and 4-12 Falcons were in the top three. The point is that there’s more than one way to get it done. I think that their offensive skill players dictate that they pass closer to 40 times per game than 30.

—But it’s also important to remember that Jay Gruden is not a pass-happy play caller. Of the three years he called plays in Cincinnati the Bengals were in the top 10 in the NFL is rushing attempts twice. Last year they had 25 or more rushing attempts in 11 of their 16 games.

—No matter how they do it, however, the Redskins’ offense is going to have to put up a lot of points for the team to stay competitive. The defense should be better but it’s not going to be set up to thrive in a tight, low-scoring game. They will need to put pressure on the other team to throw the ball so their pass rush can get to work. The best way to do that is to, in the words of the fight song, let the points soar. By ground or by air, the Redskins are going to have to get the ball into the end zone with great frequency. Again, there are a lot of ways to get it done but if the Redskins don’t average something near a touchdown per quarter they could be in trouble this season.

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—It’s been 178 days since the Redskins played a game; in 74 days they play the Texans in their 2014 season opener.

Days until: Training camp 29; Preseason opener vs. Patriots 43; Home opener Jaguars @ Redskins 81

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  1. kenlinkins - Jun 25, 2014 at 10:45 AM

    I agree that this years defense is going to be a “work in progress” type with many ups and downs early. In short, no lead will be safe if the Redskins still have problems tackling, a slow pass rush and safeties not being able to cover. On Offense, it is all about RG3 being able to trust his O-Line to hold a pocket so he can develop into a better pocket passer. If the Redskins O-Line stills has problems anchoring in the middle (i.e. Kory L and Chester) and they can not find the right combo up front to allow RG3 to sit there and read coverage, then this team is in big trouble. Using “waggles” and roll outs to off set a O-Line that can not anchor and hold a pocket for 3.5 second will not help RG3 develop, and let’s be clear about one thing, if RG3 can not develop this year for any reason (i.e. poor O-line play, RG3 does not have it in him, TE can not play, WR is a jerk, RB fumbles, head coach locks up, etc) then the trade to get him starts costing the Redskins more and more in lost production (which leads to more loses). The Redskins must build a O-Line this year from the parts they have on the 90 man roster that can protect RG3’s development, IMO in order for the points to soar more work is required. I just do not have faith in our first team C, RG, RT but I do believe the answers are on the 90 man roster and should be ready to play after the bye. Until then maybe RG3 should wear the knee brace!

  2. greed - Jun 25, 2014 at 9:35 PM

    I disagree completely all 3 phases need to excel for all 3 units to be succesful good special teams = good offense=good defense

    • Rich Tandler - Jun 26, 2014 at 6:27 AM

      There are plenty of examples every year of teams being successful with a weak unit on the field. One example, the 2011 Giants won the Super Bowl with the 29th-ranked defense. They beat the Patriots who also had a D ranked near the bottom. In today’s capped NFL success is more about working around a weakness than it is having a team that is strong in all phases.

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