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You, too, can get the 411 on the Redskins

You, too, can get the 411 on the Redskins

I've been using tool to help analyze the Washington Redskins roster and sort out who's who. It's an Excel spreadsheet that I have cleverly named "Redskins Spreadsheet".

There's no point in keeping such a great resource to myself, so I'm going to make it available to any and all Redskins fans who want it.

I actually hijacked the spreadsheet from a friend of mine who is a Steelers fan. It has a ton of details about each player and it's sortable by each column. So, if you want to sort the roster to see who's the oldest, heaviest, tallest, or sort by position, or any other way, you can do it at the click of a mouse.

There's also a tab with a depth chart (unofficial, of course), one with a variety of stats about the roster such as a breakdown of how many current Redskins were drafted in each round and how many players the team has at each position.

There's a schedule tab that will become much more useful when the games start, one with the current coaching staff (can't tell your coaches without a scorecard these days), and another that has the 2007 individual stats. When the season starts, of course, this one will be replaced with the '08 stats.

I'm working on a salary cap chart and a few other features that will roll out between now and the start of the season. But I figure that it's useful to the average hard-core Redskins fan as it is, so there's no point in waiting until it's perfect before I share it.

It's in Excel '97 so that version or higher will be needed to get the most out of it. You also can open and view it on Open Office, but it won't be sortable and the formatting will be off a bit.

It's simple to get the spreadsheet and updates as they become available. Just shoot me your email at rich.tandler+sheet@gmail.com.

This is not an automated system, so be sure to include your email in the body of the message. Of course, I won't use your email address for any purpose other than to send you the spreadsheet. And if you decide you don't want to get it any more just let me know.

I'll send out updates once or twice between now and training camp and then weekly from the start of camp through the end of the season.

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Fumbles not bouncing the Redskins' way this year

Fumbles not bouncing the Redskins' way this year

As Kirk Cousins likes to say, each season is its own entity. Sometimes things that went well for you in one 16-game stretch in one year won’t got well during a 16-game stretch in subsequent years. And that is the case with the Redskins and recovering opponents’ fumbles.

In 2015 the Redskins were scooping up loose balls all over the place. Opponents put it on the carpet 36 times and the Redskins recovered a league-leading 16 of them. Doing the math, they recovered the ball 44.4 percent of the time.

This year, with the same defensive coordinator and many of the same players on defense, it’s a different story. Through 12 games, the Redskins have forced 18 fumbles and recovered seven. Projecting it out over a 16-game season, they are on pace to force 24 fumbles and recover 9, a 37.5 percent recovery rate.

However, the decrease in the rate of fumble recoveries has not hurt the Redskins as much as you might think. This year they are on pace score about as many points after fumbles as they did last year.

In 2015 they started the average drive following a fumble recovery at their own 46. They drove for two touchdowns and three field goals. The Redskins returned one fumble for a touchdown so they got a total of 30 points off of fumbles.

This year they started at their own 36 on average and they have scored two touchdowns and two field goals on drives and they have no fumble returns for touchdowns. With 20 points through 12 games, they are on pace to score 27 points because of recovering fumbles.

One thing that must be noted here is that the effect of recovering fumbles goes beyond just scoring points after doing so. Even if the offense goes three and out after a fumble recovery the other team’s drive got stopped and after the punt field position gets flipped.

Also, timing is everything. The fumble that went out of the end zone following the Ravens’ interception in Week 5 saved seven points in a six-point Redskins win. Josh Norman’s forced fumble in the fourth quarter against the Packers didn’t have quite the same impact as the one in the Ravens game but it did help them wrap up an important win.

And we are looking at a small sample size so the projections could change in a major way. If the Redskins recover two fumbles on Sunday and turn them into 10 points they would be closer to last year’s pace for recoveries and ahead of 2015 for points off of fumble recoveries.

In any case, that the Redskins are recovering fewer fumbles this year than last should not be surprising. As the stat guys like to say, fumble recoveries aren’t “sticky” from year to year. Teams that recover a lot of fumbles one year don’t tend to repeat it year after year. There is a lot of luck involved; nowhere is the bounce of the oblong ball more decisive than when hits the ground.