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Redskins' Midseason Report Card: Offense gets failing grade

Redskins' Midseason Report Card: Offense gets failing grade

The Redskins average 12 points per game and haven’t scored a touchdown in their last three contests. Can this grade be anything but an F?

Washington has already started three quarterbacks this season--Case Keenum, Dwayne Haskins and Colt McCoy--and none has looked particularly impressive. At least Haskins is a rookie and expected to look rough until he learns the speed and requirements of the NFL.

Twelve points per game is tied for last in the NFL, along with the terrible New York Jets. From a yardage standpoint, the Redskins average 259 yards per game, which is 31st in the league. Only the Jets are worse, but at least they’re way worse, averaging just 223.

The Redskins offense converts fewer than 25 percent of its third downs, which is good for 31st in the league. The only team worse, of course, is the Jets.

Statistically, the best feature of the Redskins offense is its run game. The team averages nearly 90 yards per game on the ground, good for 25th in the NFL.

Oddly, for a team with such limited offense, the Redskins haven’t turned the ball over at too alarming of a rate. Washington ranks 23rd in the NFL with a -3 turnover differential.

Through nine games, the Redskins' leading receiver is rookie Terry McLaurin with nearly 500 receiving yards and five touchdowns. The team’s leading runner is Adrian Peterson with nearly 500 yards rushing and one touchdown.

With Haskins likely installed at quarterback for the remainder of the season, the Redskins' numbers might not change dramatically. If the rookie passer can start to show signs of progress, however, then maybe a lost season will still hold some value.


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Fines issued to Ryan Anderson, DeAndrew White for hits that injured Olsen, Quinn

Fines issued to Ryan Anderson, DeAndrew White for hits that injured Olsen, Quinn

The NFL levied fines for unnecessary roughness to the Redskins linebacker Ryan Anderson and Panthers special teamer DeAndrew White after they delivered hits that forced opposing players to exit the game between the two teams in Week 13.

Anderson was ejected for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Panthers tight end Greg Olsen in the third quarter. Olsen exited the game with a concussion and didn’t return. He’s been declared inactive ahead of Carolina’s Week 14 matchup with the Atlanta Falcons.

Redskins fans were disgruntled with the referees for ejecting Anderson but allowing White to stay in the game when the crown of his helmet caught the facemask of Redskins punt returner Trey Quinn. Quinn was also pulled from the game with a concussion and has been declared inactive for Week 14.

Washington went on to win the game, 29-21.

Both players were given the same fine of $28,075 for their respective hits.


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New head coaching candidates uncomfortable with Redskins power structure, per report

New head coaching candidates uncomfortable with Redskins power structure, per report

The Redskins might struggle to get the new head coach they want due to the organization’s unique front-office structure, according to a new report. 

Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer reported that some potential head coaching candidates are not sure they can properly function in Washington under the leadership of team president Bruce Allen and the existing front-office infrastructure. 

“My understanding is they've gotten some pushback on the current structure of the organization from some of those candidates,” Breer said during an appearance on 106.7 the Fan’s Grant and Danny program. 

The Redskins fired head coach Jay Gruden after he opened the season 0-5 and promoted Bill Callahan to interim head coach. In the weeks since Callahan took over, Washington is 3-4 and on a two-game win streak with the Green Bay Packers on tap this Sunday. 

While Callahan has stabilized the Redskins to some degree, it seems highly unlikely that he keeps the job in 2020. It’s also unclear if Allen will remain as team president and football boss. NBC Sports Washington and other reports have shown that Allen is under more scrutiny than ever in his 10-year tenure as team president and could be gone after this season. 

It’s been a rough year for Allen, as the team is in the middle of an awful season and standout left tackle Trent Williams has called him out personally for ugly tactics during a contract holdout. 

What that means going forward remains to be seen. 

Breer said NFL teams are starting to make covert outreach to potential coaching candidates, particularly college coaching candidates, and that the team is getting “pushback” because of the existing power structure. 

"My sense is that they've already gotten the feeling that the head coach search is going to be affected by the way that the building has operated for the last 10 years," Breer said.

The past 10 years mark Allen’s tenure, the era of no playoff wins and many, many embarrassing situations. 

If coaching candidates have reservations, it’s hard to blame them.