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By the numbers: Redskins on record-setting rushing pace

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By the numbers: Redskins on record-setting rushing pace

Here is a six pack numbers relevant to the 2012 Redskins:

3—The number of interceptions thrown by Robert Griffin III this year. Rex Grossman and John Beck combined to throw 24 last year and Grossman and Donovan McNabb threw a total of 19 in 2010. No Redskins quarterback has thrown fewer picks in the first nine games of the season since Jason Campbell threw two in 2008. Campbell finished the season with six picks.

724—The number of yards Alfred Morris would have to rush for in order to beat Clinton Portis’ team record of 1516 set in 2005. That means he would have to average a shade over 103 yards per game to break it. That seems unlikely although Portis averaged 107 yards per game over the Redskins last seven games in 2005 to set the record.

40—The number of receptions that Josh Morgan will need surpass Jabar Gaffney’s team-leading total of 68 from last year. He may be able to do that but he probably won’t gain the 639 yards he would need to surpass Gaffney’s yardage total from 2011.

19—The number of consecutive third downs the Redskins would have to convert to get their rate up to the league average. They have converted 32 of 112 third downs (29.6%) and the league average is 38.5 percent.

2632—The number of yards the Redskins are on pace to rush for. That would just break the team record of 2625 set in 1983.

615—The number of yards by which the Redskins have outrushed the opposition (1481-866). They have not gained that many more rushing yards than they have give up over a full season since 1991 when they had a 704-yard margin in rushing (2049-1345). 

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Redskins are keeping Greg Manusky, and they swear it's not because the other guys said no

Redskins are keeping Greg Manusky, and they swear it's not because the other guys said no

In the weeks since the 2018 season ended, the Redskins have had various levels of contact with Todd Bowles, Steve Wilks and Gregg Williams.

All three men have extensive experience as defensive coordinators and all three men got new jobs already this offseason in that position. 

Now, after Bowles, Wilks and Williams picked up those new jobs, The Washington Post reported that the Redskins will keep Greg Manusky as defensive coorinator. He's already under contract. 

The meetings with all the other guys? A source told the Post that the Redskins wanted to get "different perspectives" on improving the defense for 2019.

Different perspectives. From the three hottest coordinator names on the coaching market. Sure. 

That said, Manusky is not the sole reason the Redskins fell apart in the second half of the 2018 season. In fact, he's probably not in the Top 5 reasons. 

The Washington defense improved in Manusky's second season as defensive coordinator and looked like a fierce unit in the first half of the year. The team made tremendous strides in rush defense and proved to be quite good at forcing turnovers.

Late in the season, verbal spats with safety DJ Swearinger might have undermined Manusky's status with the defense. But the team decided to release Swearinger, cementing the coach's authority. It also helped that emerging leader Jonathan Allen came out and vocally supported Manusky and his defensive schemes. 

At this point, the Redskins have no choice but to say the team was keeping Manusky all along.

If the organization was interested in other candidates at defensive coordinator, and it sure seemed like they were, those guys found other jobs. The marketplace isn't packed with other candidates with brighter resumes to replace Manusky, so the team is smart to bring back the incumbent. 

The process was awkward, regardless of what gets said now. Manusky is a professional, and has been coaching in the NFL for more than a decade. He understands how business gets done. 

Now, Manusky will be back, and there is good young talent on the Redskins defense, especially up front. 

The guess here is Manusky will say he always expected to be back and never stopped working on getting better for 2019. Now he gets the chance to show it. 

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You're going to love Chris Thompson's story about the time he first met Adrian Peterson

You're going to love Chris Thompson's story about the time he first met Adrian Peterson

Chris Thompson is an accomplished player in the NFL. Despite being a fifth round pick, Thompson has made it to a second contract, something more than half of the league never does. 

In six seasons with the Redskins, Thompson has nearly 2,500 yards from scrimmage and 15 touchdowns. At times, he's been among the best third down backs in the NFL. 

This is a long way of establishing that Chris Thompson is an accomplised football player. Redskins fans know that.

Adrian Peterson didn't. 

Not many people would share that story, so good for Thompson for doing it. Let's add that Peterson joined the Redskins after offseason workouts and training camp, the normal time for new players to get to know each other. Peterson signed up with the Redskins in the middle of August, well after the regular get-to-know-you period had closed. 

Still, that's a tough break for Thompson. 

Peterson is a legend in the NFL, one of the best running backs to ever play the game. When he joined the Redskins, a number of players watched him work in practice with the hint of awe in their eyes. He proved to be a great teammate and a strong presence in the locker room.

By the end of the year, Peterson was obviously a leader for the Redskins. Players looked up to him, even if he didn't know their name when the year started.

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