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Need to Know: Redskins' offense was historically inefficient in 2016

Need to Know: Redskins' offense was historically inefficient in 2016

Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, May 31, 13 days before the Washington Redskins start their mandatory minicamp on June 13.

Timeline

Former Redskins linebacker and special teams ace Lorenzo "One Man Gang" Alexander was born on this date in 1983. Alexander played for the Redskins from 2007-2012. 

Days until:

—Training camp starts (7/27) 57
—Preseason opener @ Ravens (8/10) 71
—Season opener Eagles @ Redskins (9/10) 102

Note: While I’m on vacation I’m keeping Need to Know rolling with some new content and some of the most popular posts of the year so far. This one falls into the latter category.

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Redskins 2016 offense historically inefficient

Anyone who watched the 2016 Redskins got the feeling that the offense wasn’t very efficient. The piled up enough yards to set a team record for a franchise that has had some pretty good offenses. But when it came to the “let the points soar” part of the team fight song, well, it wasn’t really there.  

Here are what the numbers looked like in 2016. The Redskins were third in total offense with 6,454 yards. But they were in the middle of the pack, 12th, with the 383 points scored. They were one of only two teams in the top 10 in offense to score fewer than 400 points (Steelers, 399). The Falcons, who finished second in total yards, led the NFL with 540 points scored. That’s the equivalent of over 22 more touchdowns for a Falcons team that gained just 199 more yards than Washington. You don’t have to think real hard to figure out why one team had a bye in the playoffs while the other is sitting them out.

But the Redskins’ offensive inefficiency wasn’t just bad by 2016 standards; it was historically bad. In the history of the NFL only one other team has piled up more than 6,400 yards of offense and managed to push across fewer than 400 points was the 2012 Detroit Lions. Those Lions actually were a little less efficient, compiling more yards (6,540) and scoring fewer points (372).

If there was one game that epitomized the way the Redskins offense spun its wheels it was the game against the Bengals in London. They racked up 546 yards of offense and scored just 27 points. Since the 1970 merger teams have gained 546 yards or more and have scored 27 points or fewer 11 times. There have been over 11,000 games played since the merger so that has happened in about a tenth of a percent of them.

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page Facebook.com/TandlerCSN and follow him on Twitter @Rich_TandlerCSN.

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Redskins OTA practice report—QB Alex Smith sharp

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Redskins OTA practice report—QB Alex Smith sharp

Even though it was a bright, warm Wednesday in Ashburn the Redskins held their OTA session in the practice bubble because recent rains have left their outdoor fields to soggy to use. Here are my observations from the practice:

—A few Redskins were not present and a few who were there were not participating in the drills. Jay Gruden said that OT Trent Williams is rehabbing in Texas and that LB Zach Brown is in the process of relocating to the Washington area. RB Chris Thompson and OT Morgan Moses were present, but both were spectators. 

— It should be noted that even though Moses didn’t practice and is still rehabbing after ankle surgery, he still participated in the sideline-to-sideline running the team does at the end of practice.

—At rookie camp, RB Derrius Guice was first in line to do every drill. Today, he gave way to the veterans to all take their reps and then he went first among the rookies. 

— “Fat Rob” Kelley never really was fat but he is now lean and mean. He also seems to be a half step quicker than he was in the past. Added competition in the form of second- and fourth-round picks being added at your position will do that to a player. 

—The “starting” offensive line from left to right was Geron Christian, Shawn Lauvao, Chase Roullier, Brandon Scherff, and John Kling. The interior could well start the season; the tackle position awaits the returns of Williams, Moses, and Ty Nsekhe. 

—RB Byron Marshall, who was on the team briefly last year before getting injured, looked very quick with good acceleration.

—CB Josh Norman was back with the group fielding punts. I seriously doubt that he will handle any kicks in games, even preseason games, but perhaps with DeAngelo Hall being gone he wants to be available as an emergency option. Also back with the punt returners were CB Danny Johnson, CB Greg Stroman, WR Maurice Harris, WR De’Mornay Pierson-El, and, of course, WR Jamison Crowder.

—S D.J. Swearinger spent most of the special teams practice on the sideline working on catching passes with his hands extended away from his body. A little while later, he had a chance to make an interception with his arms extended. Of course, he dropped it. 

—It seems like QB Alex Smith and Crowder have some good rapport built already. Once on the right sideline and a few minutes later on the left, Smith threw a well-placed ball into Crowder, who was well covered on both occasions. 

—Eventually, CB Orlando Scandrick caught on and he swatted down a quick out to Crowder. 

—With Brown out, Josh Harvey-Clemons was with the first unit at inside linebacker. He’s still skinny but less so than he was last year. The second-year player was impressive in coverage, staying with Crowder step for step on a deep pass down the middle.

—The play of the day was a deep pass down the right side from Smith to WR Paul Richardson. Stroman was with the receiver step for step on the 9 route but Smith laid the ball out perfectly and Richardson made a lunging catch. Even though it doesn’t have to under the new rule, the catch did survive the ground. 

—WR Cam Sims had a few impressive plays. On one, QB Colt McCoy lofted one high in the air down the right side. Sims kept his focus on the ball while two defenders lost it and made the catch. 

—WR Trey Quinn had his moments. He made a good grab while being bumped by Scandrick. But a while later he dropped a fairly easy one. 

—The running backs all looked good but Guice looked the best of all of them. He had an ability to cut and maintain his speed that not many have. With the warning that they were playing with no pads with no contact and not at full speed, Guice’s vision appeared to be outstanding. 

More 2018 Redskins

- 53-man roster: Player one-liners, offense
- Tandler’s Take: Best- and worst-case scenarios for 2018
- The draft: Redskins should get 4 additional picks in 2019 draft
- Schedule series: Gotta beat the Cowboys

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page, Facebook.com/TandlerNBCSand follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.

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NFL owners unanimously approve new national anthem policy

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NFL owners unanimously approve new national anthem policy

NFL owners have unanimously approved a new national anthem policy that allows players to remain in the locker room if they prefer but requires players to stand if they are on the field during the performance.

This new policy subjects teams, but not players, to fines if any team personnel do not show appropriate respect for the anthem. 

Teams will also have the option to fine any team personnel, including players, for the infraction separately though. 

The NFL Players Association released it's own statement after the news was made official.