A little late with this, here are is a look at the snap counts for the game against the Bengals. The numbers are provided by the NFL.Total offensive snaps: 76Quarterback: Robert Griffin III 76Offensive line: Chris Chester, Will Montgomery, Kory Lichtensteiger, Tyler Polumbus played all 76 snaps; Trent Williams 14, Jordan Black 62Williams was injured on the third offensive play so he gave it a go for 11 plays after that. You have to think that bodes well for him being able to play this week but you can never tell. Brian Orakpo played a dozen snaps or so after his season-ending pectoral injury.Wide receiver:Leonard Hankerson 59, Josh Morgan 57, Santana Moss 40, Dezmon Briscoe 15, Aldrick Robinson 15Average wide receivers in per snap: 2.5 The number that jumps out is Robinsons. He went from playing 60 snaps against the Saints to just 15 this week. Like a lot of young receivers he will have his ups and downs this year.Tight end:Fred Davis 73, Niles Paul 12, Logan Paulsen 5A bit of a change here in that Pauls snaps are down from 20 last week. This is probably due to the team playing in catch-up mode for much of the game.Running back:Alfred Morris 37, Evan Royster 19, Roy Helu Jr. 19; Fullback Darrel Young 11The relatively high workloads for Royster and, especially, Helu were due in part to the Redskins spending so much of the game behind in the score. Young has played 19, 11, and 11 snaps in the Redskins three games.Total defensive snaps: 60Defensive line:Stephen Bowen 53, Jarvis Jenkins 40, Barry Cofield 37, Kedric Golston 16, Chris Baker 10Bakers workload was about the same as Chris Neild had as Cofields primary backup last year. Jenkins saw the first extended action of his NFL career.Linebacker:Perry Rile, London Fletcher, Ryan Kerrigan played all 60 snaps; Rob Jackson 32, Markus White 15, Chris Wilson 10, Lorenzo Alexander 1, Keenan Robinson 1The headline here is that White, seeing the first regular-season action of his career on defense, played more than the veteran Wilson. It will be interesting to see if that continues. In non-headline news, Kerrigan played every snap.Defensive backs:DeJon Gomes 59, Madieu Williams 59, Josh Wilson 59, DeAngelo Hall 59, Richard Crawford 24, Crezdon Butler 2, Cedric Griffin 2, Reed Doughty 1Griffin suffered a hamstring injury in the early going, pressing the rookie Crawford into action as the third CB.
Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, January 18, 99 days before the NFL draft.
—NFL franchise tag deadline 43
—NFL free agency starts 51
—First Sunday of 2017 season 236
The coordinator search and more
—Did the Redskins underachieve this year? I know that a metric like DVOA is not the final word in the quality of a team but looking at it year after year it usually does work out that the teams with the better numbers in DVOA usually win more games than those with worse numbers. The Redskins finished 2016 eighth in DVOA. Considering that 12 teams make the playoffs, that could be considered a playoff quality team. Yet 15 teams finished with a better record than they did. I’m sure there are some holes in the formula for the stat but just looking at that it sure appears that the Redskins did leave some wins out on the field.
—John Keim is reporting that the Redskins are prepared to switch to a 4-3 defense if that is what their new defensive coordinator prefers. They have been in the 3-4 since Mike Shanahan arrived in 2010. Whether it is because of the scheme or lack of draft and free agent resources spent on the line and at safety, the defense hasn’t been very good. As Keim notes, they will need to make some personnel changes if they do change but with a full load of draft picks and $62 million in cap space this may be the time to do it.
—I expected the angst that was all over Twitter when word of the Rob Ryan interview got out. But it’s pretty dumb to get all worked up over an interview (with all due respect to readers here who may have been upset). It’s not a hiring. Look, somehow or another Ryan managed to stay employed as an NFL defensive coordinator for 12 straight seasons. I don’t know how to research it without going through some very time consuming and tedious steps but I’d be willing to bet that only about a few dozen men in the history of the league have been able to remain a defensive coordinator for that many season in a row. The organization can learn something from sitting down and talking to him for a few hours.
—I understand that we want things to talk about in a relatively slow time. But I just don’t see why there is fear out there over the possibility that Kyle Shanahan will get hired as the coach of the 49ers and somehow steal Kirk Cousins away to be his quarterback. The Redskins can maintain his rights via the franchise tag. They could tag Cousins and trade him to the 49ers but there would be a heavy price in terms of draft picks. But while it’s possible, it’s unlikely. The chances are very, very good that Cousins will be in a Redskins uniform this year via either the tag or a long-term deal. 2018? That’s a different story.
Tandler on Twitter
Interesting fact I learned about Tarver: He earned his bachelor’s in biochemistry from Santa Clara while coaching at another local college.— Rich Tandler (@Rich_TandlerCSN) January 17, 2017
That doesn’t mean he will be a good defense coordinator. But it does mean that he’s smarter than me.— Rich Tandler (@Rich_TandlerCSN) January 17, 2017
In case you missed it
- #RedskinsTalk Podcast Episode 40 - Picking Redskins coordinators
- JP & Tandler select Redskins Offensive Player of the Year
- Redskins defensive coordinator resume: Jason Tarver
- An early look at 1st-round draft possibilities for the Redskins
As the Redskins settle into the offseason without both an offensive and defensive coordinator, JP Finlay and Rich Tandler debate who will get the jobs, and when they will be announced.