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Points tell the ugly truth about the 2013 Redskins

Points tell the ugly truth about the 2013 Redskins

It looks like coaching change is on the way for the Redskins. The reason on the surface is the complex relationship between Mike Shanahan, Dan Snyder, and Robert Griffin III.

But that is just a surface issue. The real problem that is likely to cost Mike Shanahan his job is the fact that in Year 4 of his coaching tenure the Redskins are one of the worst teams in the NFL.

There are issues on offense, defense, and special teams. And there will be plenty of time to delve into each of those areas in detail when the season is over. But let’s take a quick look at the bottom line—point scored and given up.

The Redskins have been outscored by 128 points this season, a margin of 9.8 points per game. Only the Jacksonville Jaguars have been outscored by more points (171) and they have a better record.

They haven’t been very good scoring points (279, 21.5/game, 23rd in the NFL). But where they have had major issues giving up points. They have given up 407 points (31.3/game), worst in the NFL.

It should be noted that points allowed is not all on the defense. As we saw against the Chiefs yesterday special teams have a good amount of responsibility as well. And the Redskins offense not operating at anywhere near peak efficiency is not helping field position. Neither are the 22 turnovers.

If it doesn’t improve in the final three games, their point differential will be the team’s worst since the 1970 merger. Things were supposed to be much better now than they were under Jim Zorn, Shanahan’s predecessor. But in his two seasons the Redskins were outscored by 31 and 70 points (h/t @nathanfenno). You can do the math and compare it to this year’s performance

Whether the fault lies with offense, defense, or special teams it’s all the responsibility of Mike Shanahan. He said to blame him for yesterday:
I take full responsibility for this game today.  I didn’t have the players ready to play. I thought they were ready to play. We did, obviously, horrendous on special teams. We gave up big play after big play. We didn’t tackle like we normally tackle on defense. Offensively, we did a couple of good things, [but] couldn’t get anything going in the second half. I will put that all on me.”
We will see if he will be held responsible for this entire season gone wrong.

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Long injury list hampers Redskins practice

Long injury list hampers Redskins practice

As Jay Gruden stepped to the podium to read the injury report, he warned, “This will be a while.”

He was right, as he rattled off one the longest injury reports of the season.

Out were G Spencer Long (concussion), S Will Blackmon (concussion), DE Chris Baker (ankle), DE Ricky Jean Francois (knee/foot), DE Anthony Lanier (lower leg), G Shawn Lauvao (groin), OT Ty Nsekhe (ankle), and S Donte Whitner (illness).

Of that group, all but Jean Francois, Lanier, and Nsekhe are starters. Between them and the limited players listed below it was difficult for the Redskin to conduct a normal practice.

“It was a challenge,” said Gruden of getting through it. “Practice was modified quite a bit today. We did more walkthrough today than we ever have on a Wednesday.”

“Sometimes you have to taper back just a hair to make it through practice, try to get the mental reps in with walkthrough and then hopefully the physical part will come maybe tomorrow. Friday we can open them up a bit.”

Limited in practice were TE Jordan Reed (shoulder), OLB Preston Smith (groin), ILB Will Compton (hip), G Brandon Scherff (ankle), and TE Derek Carrier (knee).

READ MORE: FULL UPDATE ON JORDAN REED

Reed returned to practice for the first time since suffering a Grade 3 sprain to the AC joint in his left shoulder in the game against the Cowboys on Thanksgiving. He missed the game in Arizona. While his limited participation was a good sign for his return it’ is way too early in the week to say with any degree of certainty that he will be playing against the Eagles.

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Robert Griffin III set to start Sunday for Browns vs. Bengals

Robert Griffin III set to start Sunday for Browns vs. Bengals

RGIII is finally getting another chance to play.

Plagued by injury after injury — most recently breaking a bone in his left shoulder in the Brown’s 29-10 loss to the Eagles in their season opener — the former Redskin is set to start for Cleveland against the Bengals on Sunday, ESPN’s Dan Graziano reports.

Griffin was cleared for contact last week after missing the majority of the Browns’ 0-12 season, and the team is coming off a bye week after its last loss to the Giants over Thanksgiving weekend.

In 2015, Kirk Cousins replaced Griffin as starting quarterback, and the Redskins released him at the end of the season. He signed a two-year, $15 million contract with Cleveland in March.  

In Griffin’s absence, the Browns have relied on Cody Kessler and Josh McCown, who boast a 65.5 and 54.5 completion percentage, respectively. The two combine for just 12 touchdowns this season.

Will Griffin be the key to ending the Browns’ winless season? We’ll find out Sunday.

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