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Need to Know: 2013 Redskins defense was surprisingly good on third down

Jul 9, 2014, 5:01 AM EST

Redskins-defense

Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, July 9, 15 days before the Redskins start training camp.

Three and out

—The Redskins had a lot of problems on defense in 2013 but third down conversion rate was not among them. Opposing teams converted on 34 percent of their third down attempts, the fourth best mark in the NFL.

—They were equally adept at stopping both the run and the pass on third down. Teams converted on 52 of 152 third-down passes (34.2 percent) and 14 of 42 rushing attempts (33.3 percent). Their opponents averaged 7.2 yards to go on third down plays, just about the NFL average.

—Despite the stellar third down performance, teams didn’t have any issues moving the chains against the Redskins. They gave up 329 first downs, 21st in the NFL. They had major problems with giving up first downs on first-down plays. Washington gave up 122, compared to the NFL average of 97 per team. The Redskins weren’t very good on fourth down, either, as they gave up 12 first downs (NFL average was 7).

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Timeline

—It’s been 192 days since the Redskins played a game; in 60 days they play the Texans in their 2014 season opener.

Days until: Preseason opener vs. Patriots 29; Final cuts 52; Home opener Jaguars @ Redskins 67

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  1. lorcanbonda - Jul 9, 2014 at 12:00 PM

    When offense have a straight shot to the secondary on almost every play, then there is not a lot of third down conversions needed.

  2. skinsswagyolo - Jul 9, 2014 at 3:14 PM

    What Rich fails to mention how rare the defense was able to get opposing teams to 3rd down situations, and how easily the defense rolled over and died on fourth downs. Numbers don’t lie, but only when put in context. Makes me think we need more scientists and mathematicians working in sports media.

    • Rich Tandler - Jul 9, 2014 at 3:55 PM

      I can’t require people to read the entire post before commenting but it does help. Guess you didn’t make it to the third bullet point. To save you the trouble of scrolling up a few inches, let me quote:

      Despite the stellar third down performance, teams didn’t have any issues moving the chains against the Redskins. They gave up 329 first downs, 21st in the NFL. They had major problems with giving up first downs on first-down plays. Washington gave up 122, compared to the NFL average of 97 per team. The Redskins weren’t very good on fourth down, either, as they gave up 12 first downs (NFL average was 7).

      Guess we need more English majors as blog readers.

      • Donte - Jul 9, 2014 at 4:25 PM

        BURN!!!!!

      • ipitydafu - Jul 9, 2014 at 6:26 PM

        Haha! To be honest Rich you can’t expect to much from someone who has swag and yolo in their name.

  3. skinsdawg - Jul 9, 2014 at 8:16 PM

    Yeah- We sucked so bad on first and second downs last year…… 3rd down was just an afterthought. LOL I don’t expect a Top-15 D this year. But I really do think the D will be “better.” Could it possibly be any worse? Haslett must have neked pics of Danny and Bruce.

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