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Griffin more effective vs. Vikings than in season opener

Griffin more effective vs. Vikings than in season opener

What you are looking for in a quarterback like Robert Griffin III is progress. That is usually measured in weeks and months but it also can be tracked from game to game. And it’s safe to say that Griffin did better in his second complete game of the season than he did in his first.

It should be noted right off the bat that the Redskins didn’t win either game. They dropped a 17-6 decision to the Texans in Week 1 and they fell to the Vikings 29-26 in Week 9. The Redskins have not won a game that Griffin started and finished since November 3, 2013. Also, as you know, the two games this year were separated by eight weeks due to the dislocated ankle Griffin suffered after just a handful of snaps in Week 2.

That said, here are the stat lines for Griffin’s two complete games in 2014.

Date Opp GS Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD Int Rate Y/A
2014-09-07 HOU * 29 37 78.38 267 0 0 96.7 7.22
2014-11-02 MIN * 18 28 64.29 251 1 1 90.0 8.96
3 Games 49 68 72.06 556 1 1 95.0 8.18

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Generated 11/4/2014.

At first glance it looks like he had a better game against Houston. He had a higher completion percentage, threw for more yards, and had a higher completion percentage. But he threw for more than a yard and a half more per attempt in Minnesota. The improvement from Week 1 to Week 9 just starts there.

The website Football Perspective tracks a number they call failed completions. These are passes that may help the quarterback’s stats but really don’t do much to help his team move the ball down the field. For example, on first and 20 late in the game, Griffin hit Roy Helu with a pass that gained four yards. That added a completion and some yards to Griffin’s ledger but the team wasn’t much better off on second and 16 than it would have been on second and 20. That’s a failed completion.

Football Perspective considers a failed completion to be a completion that fails to gain a first down on 3rd or 4th down, a completion that fails to gain at least 60% of the distance needed on 2nd down, or a completion that fails to gain at least 45% of the needed yards on 1st down.

Against the Texans, 12 of Griffin’s 29 completions, 41.4 percent, were failed completions. The Redskins scored just six points. Last Sunday in Minnesota, only four of his 14 completions were failed, 22.2 percent. Washington put up 26 points.

This is a hidden aspect of the game that we’ll track from time to time as the season goes on. It doesn’t help if they are spinning their wheels while Griffin completes a lot of passes that don’t really help move the chains.

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Good news Redskins fans: Jason Pierre-Paul shipped out of NFC East


Good news Redskins fans: Jason Pierre-Paul shipped out of NFC East

The Giants shipped out Jason Pierre-Paul for life as a Buccaneer, and in turn, Tampa will send a third and fourth round draft pick to New York.

Moving Pierre-Paul comes at a curious time for the Giants. The team will eat $15 million of dead money in the move, and New York also sent a fourth-round pick to Tampa as part of the transaction. 

What it definitely signals is that Big Blue looks to be moving from a 4-3 base defense to a 3-4 look. Additionally, with the second overall pick in the NFL Draft in April, maybe the Giants will seriously look at NC State defensive lineman Bradley Chubb. 


For the Redskins, seeing Pierre-Paul leave the NFC East is welcome news. He has 12.5 career sacks against Washington QBs, the same amount he has against the Eagles and Cowboys combined. 

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Looking at the details of Zach Brown's contract with the Redskins

Looking at the details of Zach Brown's contract with the Redskins

The Redskins and linebacker Zach Brown agreed to a three-year contract that will require Brown to continue to play at a high level if he is going to collect all of the $21 million the deal contains.

Brown’s camp reportedly was shopping for a contract that had some $20 million in guaranteed money. The actual deal fell well short of that.

Brown, who was leading the league in tackles before an assortment of injuries forced him to sit out the last three games, got a total of $5.5 million in fully guaranteed money. He got a $4.5 million signing bonus and his $1 million salary for 2018 is fully guaranteed.


After that, the remaining two seasons essentially are team options. In 2019 he has a $6.75 million salary and $4.5 million of that is guaranteed for injury. His 2020 salary is $7.5 million with no guarantees of any kind.

The contract also has per-game roster bonuses available at a rate of $15,625 for each game he is on the 46-man game day roster in 2018 (total of $250,000 for the year) and $31,250 per game in 2019 and 2020 ($500,000 total).

The salary cap hits per year are as follows:

2018: $2.75 million
2019: $8.75 million
2020: $9.5 million

The average annual value of $7 million ranks ninth among inside linebackers.

Brown will need to continue to play well to collect on the contract. The team will be able to save $5.75 million on the 2019 cap if they terminate the deal after one season and $8 million if they do it in 2020.


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