We’re counting down to the start of training camp here by looking at some numbers that will be keys to the Redskins’ 2014 season.
28—Fumbles the Redskins need to force
The Redskins recovered 10 opponents’ fumbles in 2013; a dozen NFL teams recovered fewer fumbles, putting the Redskins in the lower middle of the pack. This year there is a greater emphasis on stripping the ball away, especially from the opposing quarterback according to outside linebackers coach Brian Baker.
How many fumbles do the Redskins need to force to have a good season in that category? We’re going to go with 28 being the team’s mark of success here. A ball on the ground is generally a 50-50 proposition. Half are recovered by the fumbling team, half by the other team. If the Redskins force 28 fumbles they should be able to fall on about 14 of them. That would have them among the league leaders in fumble recoveries.
Former legendary Washington Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann did not wish the 2018 Heisman Trophy Winner Kyler Murray a long football career.
Theismann wished Murray a long career in baseball.
This celebratory tweet from Theismann is not something out of left field. Back in June the Oklahoma quarterback was drafted ninth overall in the MLB draft by the Oakland Athletics. He also signed a $4.7 million contract with the team that allowed him to stay in school for one more season. This coming after his first season with the OU program backing up the 2017 Heisman Trophy winner, Baker Mayfield.
Theismann's tweet both come across as criticism of football and is understandable given his career.
Of course, Theismann is known for having one of the most gruesome injuries in pro football. Current Redskins quarterback Alex Smith suffered a similar injury earlier this year. The injury ended Theismann's career.
In baseball, injuries like that are rare. The only contact between players occurs occasionally at the plate between catchers and baserunners.
Additionally, the guaranteed money in baseball (as a whole) is far more than that of football.
During the Heisman ceremony on Saturday night, Murray responded to the question on whether he would rather win the Heisman trophy or the World Series.
"I'd rather win a Heisman," Murray told reporters. "I mean, no disrespect to a World Series."
“I’d like to do both, if possible, but I don’t know how possible that is,” Murray said. "I think that's something me and my family will talk about at the end of the season and weigh out the options of what the NFL thinks of me. Right now my future is already kind of planned out, but we'll see what happens."
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Before Sunday's game against the Redskins, the Giants' season high for points was 38.
Well, New York nearly exceeded that number by halftime.
With Mark Sanchez under center, the hope for the Redskins was to turn Week 14 into a slow-paced matchup, one where they didn't turn the ball over and one where they didn't fall behind too much.
They failed on all fronts.
In fact, they failed so horribly that it actually contributed to a FedEx Field record:
The previous record for a 'Skins' deficit after 30 minutes was 31, which happened in the infamous "Monday Night Massacre" versus the Eagles in 2010.
There's a very good chance this particular game at FedEx Field ends up even infamous-er.
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