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The Redskins have spent a ton of draft resources on quarterbacks

The Redskins have spent a ton of draft resources on quarterbacks

If one of the reasons you don’t want the Redskins to draft Marcus Mariota if he’s there when they are on the clock is that they keep on spending their limited resources on quarterbacks, well, you may be onto something.

The outstanding website Football Perspective took a look and said that only four teams have expended more draft value chart points (by their calculation, using the Approximate Value metric) on quarterbacks. The Lions have spent the most, 78.4 draft value points, followed by the Jaguars, Raiders, Falcons, and Redskins, who have spent 69.4 draft value points on quarterbacks since 2000. In return, Washington has obtained Todd Husak, Sage Rosenfels, Patrick Ramsey, Gibran Hamdan, Jason Campbell, Jordan Palmer, Colt Brennan, Kirk Cousins, and Robert Griffin III.

But this method of calculating substantially understates how much Washington has spent on quarterbacks. It doesn’t count trades and the Redskins have racked up quite a bill in draft pick trades for quarterbacks.

The FP study, for example, accounts only for the No. 2 overall pick in the draft (30.2 value points) the Redskins used for Griffin. But in reality, Griffin cost four picks. Washington spent the 6th and 39th picks in 2012, the 22nd pick in 2013, and the 2nd pick in 2014 for the one pick to take Griffin. Looking at Football Perspective’s chart, that is a total of 79.6 draft value points alone to get Griffin, more than the Lions have spent for their five QB’s.

As they say, wait, there’s more. Jason Campbell was selected with the 25th pick in 2005. To get that pick, the Redskins traded their third-round pick that year (76th) and their first (22nd) and fourth (119th) in 2006. So instead of costing 13.9 draft value points (the value of the 25th pick), he actually cost them 26.1.

To complete the picture here we need to look at one more trade, the one that brought Donovan McNabb to Washington. He came to the Redskins in exchange for the 37th and 104th picks in the 2010 draft. Those picks total 16.6 value points.

So to recalculate what the Redskins have spent, start with the 69.4 points FP originally figured out, subtract out the points originally added in for Griffin and Campbell, add in the real costs of drafting those two quarterbacks and add in the cost of the McNabb trade. It comes to 147.6 points. That’s about equal to four No. 1 overall picks plus a mid-second rounder.

(Update: I forgot in include the 2004 3rd-round pick that was dealt to the Jaguars for Mark Brunell. Add 7.4 points for the 72nd overall pick.)

Without researching and recalculating what quarterback related trades the other 31 teams have made, we can’t be certain that the Redskins have spent more on quarterbacks than any other team. But it seems very safe to say that that they have expended a lot and have received very little in return.

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Need to Know: Did the Redskins underachieve in 2016?

Need to Know: Did the Redskins underachieve in 2016?

Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, January 18, 99 days before the NFL draft.

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Days until:
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 Football Outsiders' 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. 

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#RedskinsTalk Podcast Episode 40 - Seriously, when will the Redskins pick a coordinator?

#RedskinsTalk Podcast Episode 40 - Seriously, when will the Redskins pick a coordinator?

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. 

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