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5 Things The Washington Redskins Need To Fix

November 12, 2012 in Washington Redskins Keys to the Game

1. Eliminate the Penalties:

Look you can't completely get rid of penalties, but you have to minimize them as much as possible. Heading into week 10 the Redskins led the NFL with 75 accepted penalties. They've had 38 on offense, 27 on defense and 10 on special teams. The offense may be the most troubling given that they went out and spent so many resources to fix that side of the ball. Also the offense has been the strength of this team, so the fact that they have so many self-inflicted wounds limits their overall effectiveness. The defensive penalties are also troubling given that they only committed 22 defensive penalties all of last season. The Redskins need to exercise better discipline, and the coaching staff needs to hold chronic offenders accountable.

2. Utilize A Home Field Advantage:

The Redskins are just 1-3 at home this season, but their lack of homefield issues goes well beyond that. The Bengals twice held leads of 14points in that game, and the Redskins passing offense was shutdown until the final 8 minutes of the game. Though the Falcons game appeared close, Atlanta's offense ran 80 plus plays in that game and was in total control. Finally the 1-6 Carolina Panthers came in last week and outplayed the Redskins in every facet of the game. The Washington Redskins are just getting out played at home and it needs to stop. In years past you could maybe say that other team's fan f had taken over the stadium, but that hasn't been the case this season.

3. Special Teams, Need to be Special:

So far this season the Washington Redskins Special teams have been somewhere between awful and ordinary. Kai Forbath has finally given the Redskins a good placekicker, but he is the only positive so far. While Forbath has been automatic on field goals, his kickoffs haven't had much hangtime leading to a number of solid returns. Punter Sav Rocca has already seen two of his punts blocked, and has had multiple poor punting games. On the flip side returner Brandon Banks has done next to nothing in both kick-off and punt returns, and has on many decisions made poor decisions that cost the Redskins either yards or time. The Redskins need to get better production out of their Special Teams if they want to win some of those close games.

4. The Offensive Line Needs to Start Winning More Battles:

Many people want to point to the offensive line being more of a success given the strong rushing numbers and the fact that sacks are down. The problem with that is both of those numbers are highly misleading. Sacks as a whole may be down, but that is only because the Washington Redskins are throwing the ball less this season. The Redskins are allowing a sack 7.2% of their dropbacks, which is 9th worst in the league. That is 2% higher than Rex Grossman last season (John Beck skewed the overall numbers a bit). That 7.2% is even worse when you consider, how many sacks Robert Griffin III has run away from this year, not to mention all the quick passing and throwing out of shotgun. Two factors that should reduce the number of sacks allowed. As for the rushing numbers, they aren't solely based on the offensive line. Much of Robert Griffin's rushing success has come from scrambling away from pass rush pressure. Also Alfred Morris has dealt with contact on far too many rushes at or behind the line of scrimmage. He typically can still fight his way for positive yards, but it is usually in spite of the offensive line than because of it.

5. Getting Pressure on the opposing quarterback:

Since losing Brian Orakpo the Redskins pass rush has become a huge liability. Not only are they not even getting to the quarterback for sacks, but they rarely are getting pressures on the opposing quarterback. While sacks are obviously the best outcome for a pass rush, you can't get a sack unless you get a pressure first, making it next to impossible to get a lot of sacks if you aren't getting a lot of pressures. Ideally you are generating a pressure at least 20% of the time (30% or more is considered very good), but the Redskins defense isn't close to that 20% goal. In fact they appear closer to 10% than 20%, which is allowing opposing quarterbacks pick them apart.That just isn't acceptable with Ryan Kerrigan and Stephen Bowen still on the team. Yes the Redskins may be missing their top pass rusher, but they still have their 2nd and 3rd best, and they have to do a better job for the final 7 games of the season.



  • http://fanspeak.com/members/jcmanuel/ John Manuel

    I think #5 is where its all at. If they can't get pressure this week against the sad Philly reject o-line, we should follow Shanahans words and give up

    • http://fanspeak.com/members/steveospeak/ Steve Shoup

      haha, yeah Philly has 4 starters out on that line, if you can't beat them you are awful

      • http://fanspeak.com/members/meg08/ Megan Shoup

        If we let Foles go crazy on us this week, that will just be embarrassing!

    • http://fanspeak.com/members/beltwayboysports/ beltwayboysports

      LOL! But you are right!

  • http://www.integrateme.com Jon

    I think some of these could be summarized in what Daryl Green and Charles Mann had to say, "its the players lack of fundamentals and execution". It's really hard to tell what is good or what is bad when you (the defense) takes really bad angles to the ball seemingly every time (and lets not forget gap responsibility), when your RB's cant pass protect (yes I am talking to you Royster), and so many penalties. I would like to say that all of these things are curable but if you don't see improvement in any of these, I can see the Skins losing the remainder of their games.

  • http://fanspeak.com/members/beltwayboysports/ beltwayboysports

    The penalties drive me crazy b/c most of them are ignorant and avoidable if a player pays attention to detail along with his assignment. Penalties are going to happen in football, but we're very undisciplined and have way to many.

    We haven't had a home field advantage since leaving RFK Stadium and I don't understand why we can't create more of a home field like atmosphere in Fedex Field. There's nothing better than watching the Stadium bouncing and opposing players looking like deer in the headlights. Man I miss those times ….

    Kai Forbath has been the only thing we've had on special teams this season. Is coach Danny Smith part of the problem here? I've always liked him and thought he did a decent job with what he's had to work with in terms of the talent, but I'm questioning everything at this point.

    Losing Brian Orakpo shouldn't have impacted the pass rush to the point it has in my opinion. What has happened? You are right on the money about the lack of pressures on the QB.