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How bad have the Redskins been in the red zone? We charted every game

How bad have the Redskins been in the red zone? We charted every game

CSN has teamed up with The Edge Systems to provide occasional statistical review of Redskins game film. 

The Edge is analytical football software currently being used by coaches in the NFL, SEC, ACC and the media, providing some of the fastest and best data in football.

After 11 games a few principles have emerged for the 2016 Redskins: The team moves the ball as well as any unit in the league, but struggles inside the red zone.

To that point, Kirk Cousins completes 68 percent of his passes, but inside the opponent's 20-yard-line, his completion percentage drops to 44 percent (28 of 63).

Inside the opponent's 10-yard-line, the Washington quarterback's completion percentage drops even lower to 29 percent (9 of 31). Stats courtesy of

It's not just Cousins, however, to blame for the Redskins' continued red zone struggles.


Jay Gruden's squad uses the run game less inside the red zone than other more efficient red zone offenses, and the team has also suffered some crucial red zone turnovers in losses to Detroit and the first Dallas game. 

Illustrating the difference between Washington's highly effective offense and their moribund red zone version, check out the below chart from The Edge Systems. The chart tracks where the Redskins 'win' in their normal offense compared to the red zone.

What constitutes a win? On 1st down, a win is gaining at least 40 percent of the needed yardage for a new first down. On 2nd down, that shifts to gaining at least 50 percent of the yards remaining to reach a new first down. On 3rd and 4th downs, a win is gaining at least a new first down. 


A few things become quite clear looking at the chart: The Redskins perform significantly worse in the red zone than the rest of the field, particularly in losses. One outlier emerges, as the 'Skins actually performed better in the red zone against the Lions, but consider that Kirk Cousins' offense had just four red zone attempts, and the aforementioned turnover (Matt Jones fumble at the goal line) hurt the team's chances at a win.

In the team's other three losses, the performance difference between the offense and the red zone offense fell on average by 34 percent. 

Oddly, the biggest delta on the year came in the Redskins first win, Week 3 in New York. In that game, Washington's offense outperformed its red zone offense by 46 percent, though it's worth pointing out that Washington only had 11 red zone attempts in that game. 

In Washington's six wins, the team wins on red zone plays a little more than 30 percent of the time. While that number is low, it's a baseline for what the 'Skins should shoot for the remainder of the season if a playoff run is in the cards. 


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Report: Months after major leg injury, Reuben Foster regains feeling in toes

Report: Months after major leg injury, Reuben Foster regains feeling in toes

The Redskins signed linebacker Reuben Foster late in the 2018 season after his release from San Francisco amid domestic violence allegations. The signing caused tremendous backlash towards the organization, but in the end, it was supposed to be worth it for what Foster could do on the field. 

Eventually, charges against Foster got dropped and he wasn't suspended by the NFL. Unfortunately for him and for the Redskins, Foster got injured in his first snap of offseason team activities in May 2019, and it was a major injury. 

The scene on the field that day was traumatic as Foster was visibly in intense pain. In the news that emerged after the injury, Foster had torn multiple ligaments in his knee and NBC Sports Washington reported there was nerve damage in the leg as well. 

Now, it seems like there is finally some positive momentum for Foster's injury. His agent Malki Kawa spoke to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport: "He's got feeling in his toes, the underside of his foot, the side of his foot. The nerve is starting to fire again."

The alarming part here is that Foster had lost feeling in his toes, and for a long period of time too. Foster's injury happened last May. 

Rehabbing a knee is one thing, football players do that all the time. But nerves operate almost on their own, and some nerve damage is irreperable. 

"He's regaining feeling and power," Kawa said. "It shows the nerve is firing. When he moves his leg upward, he can feel around the ankle and the top part of the foot. That's a new thing. The next 60 days are going to be big as far as getting back to normal."

The Redskins know about scary nerve injuries. Promising rookie safety Kyshoen Jarrett sustained nerve damage in his arm in Week 17 of the 2015 season, and never played again. Two years ago, cornerback Quinton Dunbar dealt with a nerve issue in his leg and was basically lost for the year. 

What happens next for Foster will be interesting to watch. 

Kawa said the next 60 days will be important, and that timeline also coincides with more Redskins offseason work. After such a significant injury, it would be premature to make any assumptions about Foster's return to the field, and if/when that happens, his level of play. 

Foster has been seen around the Redskins training facility at times since he was signed in 2018. At various points he was using a scooter and then walking on his own with a significant brace.

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Report: Jay Gruden interviewing for Jaguars offensive coordinator job

Report: Jay Gruden interviewing for Jaguars offensive coordinator job

Jay Gruden’s absence from football might only last a few months. 

The former Redskins head coach is reportedly interviewing for the Jacksonville Jaguars vacant offensive coordinator position, according to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo. Jacksonville parted ways with John DeFlippo last Monday after just one season with the team. 

The few times Gruden has spoken since being fired by Washington in October, the former head coach has expressed a strong desire to get back into coaching. Gruden recently told NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport he’s been “itching to do something” and “would like an office to go to,” according to Garafolo. 

Interviewing for an offensive coordinator position is not unfamiliar territory for Gruden. He spent the past six years as the head coach in the nation’s capital, but perhaps his most success in the NFL was when the 52-year-old was the offensive coordinator of the Cincinnati Bengals. 

Behind the solid play of Andy Dalton and A.J. Green, the Gruden-led offense in Cincinnati resulted in three straight playoff appearances. 

Should be be hired in Jacksonville, Gruden would have some promising pieces to work with. Rookie quarterback Gardner Minshew showed plenty of hope in the 12 games he started, and second-year wideout D.J. Chark enjoyed a breakout season in 2019. Additionally, running back Leonard Fournette finished with a career-high 1,152 rushing yards last season. 

Former Giants head coach Ben McAdoo and former Cowboys offensive coordinator Scott Linehan have reportedly interviewed for the gig as well. 

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