ASHBURN, VA — The Redskins need to do some shuffling on their offensive line. They hope that they can keep up their performance in one particular area.
Washington is fourth best in the NFL when it comes to giving up sacks. Kirk Cousins has been sacked on four of his 124 pass attempts, a rate of 3.1 percent. Around the league quarterbacks are sacked on 5.5 percent of pass attempts.
Per Pro Football Focus, Morgan Moses is responsible for two of the sacks but that perhaps isn’t fair. One of them had to have been the sack that Cousins took on the last play of the first half as the clock ran out. On that play Cousins was supposed to get rid of the ball immediately and Moses blocked Jason Pierre Paul accordingly. He had no idea that Cousins was going to move around.
The low sack total is no surprise. Last year the Redskins were fifth in the NFL with a sacks against rate of 4.6 percent. That likely is a big reason they elected not to make changes on the line during the offseason.
It should be noted that sacks are not all on the offensive line. Although you rarely see a QB charged with one, Cousins should have been on the play discussed above. Jordan Reed was responsible for a sack against the Cowboys, although one can wonder about a play design that has Reed responsible for blocking a defensive end.
The quarterback also should get credit for sack prevention. Cousins does get rid of the ball quickly, perhaps too quickly sometimes. Occasionally that results in a missed opportunity for a big play but it does keep him off of the ground.