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Third down issues affecting Redskins offense and defense

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Third down issues affecting Redskins offense and defense

After five games, the Redskins rank dead last in the NFL in third down conversion rate.They converted only one of nine third downs in Sundays 24-17 loss to the undefeated Falcons, dropping the teams success rate to 23.3 percent (14 for 60) as Redskins record slipped to 2-3. Over the past two weeks, in fact, Washington is just 3 for 20 on third downs.We missed a third down and one, third down and two, third down and three, Coach Mike Shanahan said Monday, rattling off the missed opportunities. Obviously, its an area where we have to get better at. We were also 0 for 2 in the red zone, an area where we had been good. So you take the combination of being 1 for 9 on third downs and 0 for 2 in the red zone, its really hard to win a football game.Fullback Darrel Young added: We got to start making plays. Third downs have been our shortcoming.The Redskins had the second-worst conversion rate in 2010 before jumping to 15thlast season. Now theyre scuffling again.Weve been putting ourselves in better situations on first and second downs, Young said. But we have to get over that hump. Thats what we need to win games.In addition to hurting the teams point production, it has an adverse affect on the defense, as Young pointed out.But 81 snaps is entirely too much for any defense,"Young said, referring to the number of plays Atlanta ran on offense. "We have to take at least 15 to 20 snaps away just to help them. Its on the offense.Its important, Young added. I cant say we have to take more pride, because guys are serious about what were doing on third down. Its just were not executing.

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3 of 4 Redskins named to Pro Bowl won't attend

3 of 4 Redskins named to Pro Bowl won't attend

Ryan Kerrigan, Jordan Reed and Brandon Scherff will skip next week's Pro Bowl in Orlando a team spokesman confirmed to CSN. All three players dealt with injuries late in the season, most notably Reed, and playing in the exhibition game is not in the cards. Trent Williams, however, is still slated to play in the game. 

Reed suffered a separated shoulder on Thanksgiving playing against the Dallas Cowboys. For the rest of the season, Reed played through significant pain and his production dipped.

Kerrigan played much of the season with an injured elbow and hurt his finger in the final game against the Giants. Scherff played with ankle pain and was listed on the injury report much of the season's final four games.

For Reed and Scherff, this year marked their first Pro Bowl. The recognition was deserved for both players, and shows that the guard and tight end are gaining national spotlight for their play.

Kerrigan played in the Pro Bowl following the 2012 season. He finished this year with 11 sacks, 2.5 short os his career high 13.5 in 2014. 

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Mic picks up Packers trainer telling Cowboys' Tony Romo 'you deserve better'

Mic picks up Packers trainer telling Cowboys' Tony Romo 'you deserve better'

When longtime Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo lost his starting job to rookie Dak Prescott, there was general consensus that Prescott won the job fair and square when Romo got injured.

Romo himself said as much. But there are still people around the NFL who feel Dallas didn't do right by their 10-year starter. 

As Romo was leaving the field after the Cowboys lost to the Packers in the playoffs, Pepper Burruss, Green Bay's director of sports medicine, approached him. A microphone picked up Burruss saying what sounds like, "You deserve better." 

Take a listen. 

It's possible Burruss could have meant something else, like Romo deserved better injury luck. Maybe. 

Also keep in mind that Romo may have been leaving the field as a Cowboy for the final time of his career. What a note to leave on...

The 36-year-old has said he still wants an opportunity to start in the NFL. That won't happen in Dallas, so it's likely he'll move on to another team this offseason. 

According to Adam Schefter on ESPN Radio, the Cowboys may be willing to trade Romo to the team of his choice. 

Speculation has linked him to the Broncos, Bears, Jets and Texans.

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