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One look back at RG3's 'perfect' game

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One look back at RG3's 'perfect' game

I promise we will change the subject from RG3’s statistical excellence at some point here but there are a few more things that need to be pointed out. Except as noted, all records noted are since at least the 1960 season.

Griffin completed 93.3 percent of his passes yesterday. Only four other quarterbacks have completed over 90 percent of their passes in a game where they threw for at least four touchdowns. It hasn’t happened since 1994 when the 49ers’ Steve Young did it against the Falcons.

Young’s offensive coordinator that year? Mike Shanahan.

Griffin had a perfect 158.3 passer rating and threw for four touchdowns and had no interceptions. That combination has been accomplished 18 times by 17 different quarterbacks (Tom Brady has done it twice). But while that feat is not all that rare, the list of names that you pull out of the database when you search for it is quite impressive.

Of the 17 quarterbacks, 16 are in the Hall of Fame and/or have led their teams to a Super Bowl appearance. There are current stars like Brady and Drew Brees and some past greats like Fran Tarkenton, Johnny Unitas, and Len Dawson.

The only one who doesn’t fit the Hall or Super Bowl mold is Frank Ryan and he made three straight Pro Bowls for the Browns in the 1960’s.

None of the above quarterbacks rushed for nearly as many yards in their stellar performances as RG3 did in his. Griffin had 84, the best rushing performance among the others was Steve Grogan's 32 in 1978.

The folks in the numbers biz call this signature significance. In the thousands of NFL games played since 1960 the chances are that some schlub will stumble into a perfect rating with 4 TD’s and zero picks. But the fact that nobody except accomplished quarterbacks have done it means that there is a very good chance that if you do it, it is likely that you are a very, very special player.

Of course, those of us who have been watching every pass of RG3’s first 10 games have had that feeling since the first quarter of the first game. But sometimes it’s nice to have some statistical confirmation. 

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Duke Ihenacho: Obviously I want to be playing but it's the coach's decision

Duke Ihenacho: Obviously I want to be playing but it's the coach's decision

When Duke Ihenacho landed on the Redskins inactive report Week 1 against Pittsburgh, many around the league were surprised. That surprise waned as the season progressed. Weeks 2 and 3 Ihenacho was active, yet hardly played. 

Now injuries to DeAngelo Hall and Bashaud Breeland are forcing the Redskins to shake up their secondary, though it remains unclear if that means more defensive snaps for Ihenacho. Asked if Hall's torn ACL means Ihenacho will hit the field more on defense, Redskins coach Jay Gruden sounded non-commital.

"Could be," the coach said. "We're gonna dress four safeties most likely and they'll all probably get an opportunity."

MORE REDSKINS: NO HEALTH CONCERNS FOR DAVID BRUTON

The Redskins will start Will Blackmon and David Bruton at free and strong safety, leaving Ihenacho third on the depth chart and Deshazor Everett fourth. This week in practice, Ihenacho said his workload has increased, albeit slightly.

"I'm getting a little bit more reps at practice," Ihenacho said. "I'm really backing up both the guys. I know both positions."

For the bulk of his career, Ihenacho has dealt with injuries. In five seasons, he only has 15 starts, though his lone healthy season came in Denver in 2013. That Broncos team made it to the Super Bowl with Ihenacho at strong safety, and the five-year veteran out of San Jose State produced. In 14 starts that year, he logged 67 tackles to go with nine passes defensed and three forced fumbles.

Ihenacho has not stayed healthy in his two seasons in Washington, but he is healthy now. Asked why he isn't seeing the field more, the safety was unsure.

"Obviously I want to be out there but I'm not a coach so I just kinda got to deal with the cards that are dealt," he said. "Obviously I want to be out there, I'd like to be out there, I feel I should have been out there."

While Hall was healthy, the Redskins began to substitute Blackmon in for Bruton on longer third downs against the Giants, a nod to Blackmon's coverage skills. With Hall injured, that substitution pattern did not continue. Some fans and media have questioned if there is an issue or injury causing Ihenacho to stay on the bench.

"None of that. I haven't had any off the field issues, haven't had any injury issues. I know the defense, it's not a matter of me not knowing the playbook or anything like that. It's not a matter of me being inexperienced. It's not a matter of the coaches not trusting me."

Like any player, it's natural for Ihenacho to want to be on the field, but he understands what his role is for now.

"I feel like this is a situation where [the coaches] got guys they want to play. That's just what it is. Sometimes it's just as simple as that. They got other guys they just want to give shots to, and that's cool. Obviously I want to be out there but that's part of being a professional, understanding that and just waiting for your time."

Despite not seeing much action on defense, Ihenacho made his presence felt in the win against the Giants. On a long Jamison Crowder punt return, Ihenacho laid out two New York defenders with one block.

"The opportunity presented itself," he said. "I looped back around and I saw Crowder break a lot of tackles and make a couple guys miss. He brought it back around and my eyes kind of lit up when I hit the first guy and then at the last second I see the second guy and I just threw my body into him and it kinda just worked out."

When the team watched the game film, Ihenacho said the whole room had the same reaction to his block.

"It's like 'oooooooooh.' It was cool."

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Signed off Redskins practice squad, center Austin Reiter could start for Browns

Signed off Redskins practice squad, center Austin Reiter could start for Browns

If Austin Reiter was on the Redskins roster as he was at the beginning of the season, he could well be starting at center against the Browns this week in the wake of injuries to Kory Lichtensteiger and Shawn Lauvao.

Instead, he could well be starting for the Browns.

Mary Kay Cabot, Browns beat writer for Cleveland.com, tweeted the following:

Reiter, a seventh-round draft pick of the Redskins in 2015, made the 53-man roster coming out of training camp. But he was cut after Week 1 to make room for defensive lineman Cullen Jenkins. The Redskins signed him to the practice squad, but Reiter went to Cleveland when the Browns signed him to their roster after injuries hit at the center position.

What Browns coach Hue Jackson said doesn’t sound definitive, and it may be some misinformation to try to throw the Redskins off. Veteran John Greco started at center for the Browns last Sunday, and he does not appear on their injury report.

Update: Breaking Burgundy is reporting that Reiter will start on Sunday.

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