We’re counting down to the start of training camp here by looking at some numbers that will be keys to the Redskins’ 2014 season.
19—Points allowed per game
This is another ambitious goal for the Redskins. They allowed 29.9 points per game last year, tied for 30th in the NFL. It is no easy task to shave a touchdown and a field goal off of your points allowed from one season to the next. It will be especially challenging for the Redskins, who might open the season with just three new starters from last year.
A team giving up 19 points per game (304 points) would have tied for fourth in the NFL with the Saints. The Bengals and Chiefs were just behind, giving up 305 points.
Many things will have to fall into place, Jim Haslett’s more aggressive scheme geared towards putting pressure on the quarterback among them. Good health will be important as will players like Jason Hatcher and Brian Orakpo living up to their sizeable contracts.
But it’s not all about the defensive side of the ball. Special teams need to improve. The kicking teams gave up five touchdowns directly and cost the team field position that led to scores on many other occasions. Moving the ball more consistently on offense and avoiding giveaways (34 in 2013, tied for second-worst total in the NFL).
Cornerback Dashaun Phillips had a very short return to the Redskins’ active roster.
Phillips, who started the season as the nickel cornerback before being benched and eventually released and moved to the practice squad last month, was re-signed to the roster on Friday. He made the trip to Arizona but he was inactive for the game. The Redskins announced today that he has been released again.
It is possible for Phillips to return to the practice squad if he clears through waivers.
The transaction clears a roster spot for the return of offensive tackle Trent Williams, who has been suspended for the last four games.
Among all the darkness and depression that has followed after the Redskins' 31-23 loss to the Cardinals on Sunday, one bright, shining light has emerged: Jamison Crowder's touchdown celebration.
Late in the third quarter, the second-year wideout was on the receiving end of a 26-yard Kirk Cousins strike, which put his team in the lead on the game's scoreboard by three. However, it's what he did post-catch that put his team in the lead by a far larger margin on the swagboard.
Feast your eyes on this dance, and if you've already seen it, feast your eyes on it again. And again. And AGAIN:
Do you see how much Juju he put on that beat? And did you catch how he gave the ref a little somethin'-somethin' right at the end of the sequence? Calling that flawless would be an insult to Crowder.
Apparently, Jay Gruden was heard screaming at his players in the locker room as they were processing the matchup's result Sunday night. Is it possible he was just loudly complimenting Crowder's moves?
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