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Rookie review: Adam Gettis

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Rookie review: Adam Gettis

Adam GettisGuard
Iowa
Picked by Redskins in 5th round (141 overall)
6-2, 293The need: Under Vinny Cerrato, the Redskins rarely drafted offensive linemen and Mike Shanahan has had to make up for lost time by drafting multiple players who can compete for depth and eventually jobs as starters. Gettis was the second of three offensive linemen the Redskins picked in this draft; they have taken a total of seven in the last three drafts.The fit: Gettis is the perfect lineman for the zone blocking scheme. He is fast and athletic, just what Shanahan is looking for. He also is very undersized for a guard at 293 pounds. But size matters much less in the zone and it the fact that Gettis is a relative lightweight allowed him t slide into the fifth round. Gettis also possesses a nasty streak that is always welcome on the offensive line.The depth chart: The staters at guard are Kory Lichtensteiger and Chris Chester. Lichtensteiger was playing very well on the left side last year until a serious knee injury ended his season early. That just might leave an opening there during OTAs that either Gettis or third-round pick Josh LeRibeus could step in to. Maurice Hurt filled in for Lichtensteiger and he will have to prove himself if he wants a role.Gettis upside: It is probably a leap to think that Gettis will start this year barring injury to one of the starters. But it could be another story in 2013. Lichtensteigers contract is up after this year and his job could be up for grabs. If Gettis can win a competition for the left guard spot he could start there for years to come.Shanahan on Gettis: Yeah, hes got the quickness we look for, kind of like Kory Lichtensteiger. You know, he can play center or the guard position. Hes got speed. You can never have enough depth in that offensive line.Gettis on Gettis: (on his nasty streak) Thats what football is all about. You know, just getting after people, working hard, putting guys on the ground and getting back up and doing it again. Thats what I believe football is all about.

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Redskins Stat Breakdown: What worked — and what didn't — against Arizona

Redskins Stat Breakdown: What worked — and what didn't — against Arizona

CSN has teamed up with The Edge Systems to provide the occasional statistical review of Redskins game film. The Edge is analytical football software currently being used by coaches in the NFL, SEC, ACC and the media, providing some of the fastest and best data in football.

Below is a breakdown of the Redskins run game against Arizona - a game coach Jay Gruden admitted did not feature enough carries for Robert Kelley. 

The Redskins had a lot of success with their GAP runs early in the game.

In the first half they were successful on 75 percent of their GAP runs. 

As the game wore on the Redskins moved away from what had been successful and only ran two GAP runs in the second half.

As the Redskins power run game vanished, so did their prospects for winning the game.

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State of the Redskins: Playoff chances trending in the wrong direction

State of the Redskins: Playoff chances trending in the wrong direction

Here is where the Redskins stand in Week 14 of the NFL season.

Record: 6-5-1, 3rd in NFC East
vs. NFC East: 2-2
vs. NFC: 4-4
vs. AFC: 2-1-1
Home: 4-2
Away: 2-3-1

Rankings and changes from Week 13

Offense (yards/game): 418.6 (2nd, no change from Week 13)
Defense (yards/game): 369.6 (23rd, +2)
Points for: 303 (10th, -1)
Points against: 295 (20th, -2)

Passer rating offense:  99.8 (8th, -2)
Opp passer rating: 95.0 (22nd, -3)
Yards/rush attempt: 4.5 (5th, no change)
Opp. yards/rush attempt:
 4.6 (29th, +2)
Weighted DVOA (Football Outsiders): 9.8% (10th, no change)
Playoff chances per FO: 41.5%, -14.1% from last week

Trending the right way: Not much, really. Their ranking in rushing defense improved a couple of notches but mostly because other teams got worse, not because the Redskins put the clamps down on the rushing game.

[RELATED: Redskins stat breakdown: What worked and what didn't against Arizona]

Trending the wrong way: For the first time in a few weeks the Redskins’ playoff chances are below 50 percent. Two straight losses will do that.  

Top three storylines:

Letting them have it—Jay Gruden is usually supportive of his team after a loss but that was not the case following the Cardinals game. He could be heard speaking to the team in angry tones in the locker room following the loss. We will see if this rare tirade jump-starts the Redskins’ stretch run.

Dealing with injury issues—Not only do the Redskins have to be concerned about the condition of Jordan Reed, whose status is unclear as he rehabs from a shoulder injury he suffered on Thanksgiving Day in Dallas, their starting center is in the concussion protocol. If Spencer Long can’t go the Redskins may have to add a center to back up John Sullivan.

Help wanted—The Redskins need other teams to lose if they want to make the playoffs. They need a little help if they win out to finish 10-5-1; they need more help if they finish at 9-6-1. Scoreboard watching starts at 4:25 on Sunday when the Bucs, a half-game ahead of Washington, host the Saints and continues on Sunday night football with the Cowboys at the Giants.

Next three games

Sunday @ Eagles (5-7)—The Redskins handled them well in October; the final score did not indicate how Washington dominated the game. The Eagles look more like a rebuilding team than a playoff contender and the Redskins could elimate them for all practical purposes

December 19 vs. Panthers (4-8)—The season of the defending NFC champs officially came off the rails on Sunday night when Cam Newton started the game on the bench because he didn’t wear a tie and he ended it looking at the wrong end of a 40-7 beatdown by the Seahawks. Still, the Redskins have never beaten Newton so this is not one that will come easily.

Christmas Eve vs. Bears (3-9)—There is no such thing as an easy game in the NFL but if the Redskins can’t manage to win this one they don’t deserve to make the playoffs.