Red zone struggles limited the Redskins in 2014. Often the offense would move the ball to the opponents 20 yard line before sputtering out and sending in Kai Forbath and the field goal team.
Of 27 Forbath field goal attempts last season, 11 came from inside the 30. That means the Redskins offense stalled in the red zone and had to settle for three points instead of seven. Those lost points add up, especially in close games during a 4-12 season.
Jay Gruden is committed to converting more FGs to TDs this fall.
"Red zone has been a struggle," the coach said Tuesday. "It’s something that we continue to focus on. Every practice, we’ll have some version of red zone in working on it."
Gruden explained that both the run game and pass game faltered in the red zone, and it makes sense as defenders have less ground to cover.
"Running the ball more effectively will be very helpful," Gruden said. "The play-actions off of that will be very helpful. There’s a lot of plays that you can run if you stay in positive downs and distances."
Red zone running should be aided by rookie RB Matt Jones. A beast of a man, Jones gives the Redskins a big back the team did not have in 2014. Improved QB play will also help in the red zone, as it will every other facet of the offense. Increased accuracy is a key, Gruden explained.
"It’s important for our quarterbacks to see throws and anticipate. Throwing windows are going to be tight, and then if they drop eight, keep the plays alive and move around. All that comes with experience."
Will the Redskins red zone offense improve in 2015? Will Jones help? Can Robert Griffin III get back to the playmaker QB with both his legs and his arm?
Let us know in the comments.