Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, July 16, 12 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp in Richmond.
—The Redskins last played a game 188 days ago. It will be 58 days until they host the Steelers in their 2016 season opener.
—Days until: Preseason opener @ Falcons 26; Final roster cut 49; Cowboys @ Redskins 65
The Redskins week that was
Where do Breeland and Norman rank?—A former NFL cornerback ranked the top seven cornerback tandems in the NFL. The Redskins’ duo of Bashaud Breeland and Josh Norman was not among them. I’m not sure that they should be but I do think that they belong right beside the corners from one division team that did make the list.
Analysis shows Redskins 2016 schedule very difficult—Based on last year, this is true. But you never know how tough a schedule really is until you line up for the games. The Redskins were supposed to be easy W’s last year but that turned out not to be the case. The Cowboys were going to be impossible to beat; they went 4-12. If you want to worry in advance, feel free. But injuries and changes in teams’ fortunes can change the picture rapidly so we’ll see what happens.
Cousins needs to improve handling pass rush—The good news was that the Redskins’ QB wasn’t under pressure a lot, thanks to good blocking and his ability to get rid of the ball quickly. The bad news was that when he was under pressure his performance dropped off more than that of all but one quarterback. It’s something that Cousins will have to work on if he is going to take the next step in his development as an NFL QB.
Redskins by the numbers—Ball protection—I started looking at some turnover numbers in games that the Redskins won and lost and found a few interesting patters. For one thing, they had a very difficult time overcoming their turnovers.
Redskins fans the worst in the NFC East? For Real?—The methodology on this post is interesting and it seems to be subjective but some of the results don’t make a lot of sense. Redskins fans worst in the NFC East? Chiefs fans among the worst in the NFL? Not buying it.
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