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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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With Kyler Murray drafted in Arizona, Redskins ready to pursue Josh Rosen, per source

With Kyler Murray drafted in Arizona, Redskins ready to pursue Josh Rosen, per source

The Redskins will be in the hunt to trade for Rosen, according to league sources. 

During the NFL Scouting Combine the Redskins were connected with Rosen heavily, but over the last two months, some of that momentum seemed to cool. 

Other teams will surely be looking to trade for Rosen, and that could include the New York Giants. Other teams reportedly interested would be the Dolphins, Chargers and the Patriots. 

As the first round unfolds, a lot of clues will be given about which teams will be looking to add the former UCLA star. As other quarterbacks get drafted tonight - including players like Dwayne Haskins, Drew Lock and Daniel Jones - that likely will eliminate those teams from contention for Rosen. 

ESPN reported that Arizona is content going into the season with Murray and Rosen on their roster, but that seems like a bluff, according to folks around the league. 


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NFL Draft 2019 Redskins live blog: First round draft updates, analysis

NFL Draft 2019 Redskins live blog: First round draft updates, analysis

The 2019 NFL Draft is finally upon us. You can trash the mock drafts and take a break from the Twitter rumors as we'll soon know what each team is really planning.

Tonight, Thursday, April 25, NFL teams will look to find their next franchise player in the form of the most talented college prospects in the country.

Taking place in Nashville, Tennessee, this year's draft promises to be as exciting as ever with numerous storylines dominating the event. Will Kyler Murray go No. 1? Where will the other QBs fall, and will a team move up to grab one? What defensive players go first? All these questions and more will be answered soon enough.

The Arizona Cardinals will kick off the festivities at 8:00 p.m. ET as they possess the first overall pick in the draft.

As for the Redskins, they'll be picking at No. 15, though there has been no shortage of rumors that a move could be made to climb up the order.

Once the commissioner takes the stage, all predictions go out the window. Luckily, we'll have you covered with all the picks, trades and moves here in the live blog and draft tracker.

NFL Draft 2019 Redskins First-Round Tracker and Live Updates:

DRAFT PICK: No. 5 - Tampa Bay Buccaneers (ILB Devin White, LSU): Losing Kwon Alexander in the offseason, the Bucs may have just found his replacement in Devin White. A talented linebacker, White is in line to become the centerpiece of a Tampa Bay defense that features Gerald McCoy and JPP up front and Todd Bowles at the helm.

DRAFT PICK: No. 4 - Oakland Raiders (DE Clelin Ferrell, Clemson): Well with Jon Gruden at the helm, you can't really consider anything a surprise. However, Clelin Ferrell at No. 4 is something not many saw coming. The defensive end from Clemson is incredibly talented, but the Raiders passing on the likes of Josh Allen and Ed Oliver makes you think twice. Oakland still has two more picks tonight. 

DRAFT PICK: No. 3 - New York Jets (DT Quinnen Williams, Alabama): After making some big offseason additions, the Jets use their draft pick to upgrade the defense by selecting Quinnen Williams. With eight sacks and 71 tackles in 2018, Williams was a standout on a loaded Crimson Tide roster. New York added free agent C.J. Mosley to lead their linebacking core, and now Williams makes the line of that defense a lot scarier.

DRAFT PICK: No. 2 - San Francisco 49ers (DE Nick Bosa, Ohio State): The first defensive player in a loaded class is Nick Bosa, as the 49ers use yet another first round pick on a defensive line addition. Bosa only played in three games this season before an injury led to him sitting out the rest of the year, but the former Buckeye will still provide an immediate positive impact up front for San Francisco. 

DRAFT PICK: No. 1 - Arizona Cardinals (QB Kyler Murray, Oklahoma): Not a huge surprise, the Cardinals have selected Kyler Murray No. 1 overall. Murray is the second consecutive Oklahoma passer to go first in the draft, following in the steps of Baker Mayfield.

With a new head coach in Kliff Kingsbury, it looks as if Arizona is ready to start the new regime with a new man at the helm of the offense. There will be concerns about his height, but there's no denying his passing skills and athleticism. Now the main question becomes: What happens to Josh Rosen?

8:13 p.m. The Arizona Cardinals are officially on the clock. Here. We. Go. 

7:02 p.m. Could the Redskins be looking to move up in the draft and grab Duke QB Daniel Jones? According to JP Finlay, that seems unlikely. While rumors earlier in the week suggested Washington could potentially climb from No.15, that doesn't look to be the case anymore.

6:30 p.m. Less than two hours until the clock starts ticking, there's plenty of information to get caught up on. Here's what you need to know: