Posts Tagged ‘redskins’

Rock Bottom? Not Even Close

November 10, 2011

A comparison of the last 10, last 16, and all 24 games under head man Mike Shanahan with the worst stretches in Redskins’ history since 1998…


Shanahan is 4-6 in his last ten, a mark that has actually been 3-7 at several times under his watch.  Jim Zorn finished 2009 going 2-8 in his last ten, but the low point was week 5 of the 2001 season.  After losing 9-7 to the Cowboys in a Monday night battle of 0-4 teams, Washington had a record of 1-9 over its previous ten contests.

Shanahan is 5-11 in his last 16 games, the low point of his tenure in Washington.  However it’s not the nadir.  The team finished 4-12 in 2009, and was 3-13 during a stretch spanning 2003-04 – the end of Steve Spurrier’s tenure and beginning of Joe Gibb’s second stint at the helm.

Shanahan – whose Redskins bio points out was once 22-2 at his peak in Denver – is 9-15 with the Redskins.  As Spurrier once said, “not very good” but at the same time “there was some worse ‘un us.”  The venerable David Elfin has done the research, and only seven teams have a worse mark over the last 24: Carolina, Arizona, Denver, Minnesota, Cleveland, St. Louis, and Miami.  Even in DC, it can get worse, and it has been before.  In recent Redskins history, the worst 24-game stretch has been 6-18 – a mark hit during the Gibbs/Spurrier 2003-04 span, and over Jim Zorn’s final 24 games.


Even with the shutout north of the border and consecutive games under 12 – something Elfin notes Zorn never did – Shanahan’s Redskins have averaged 16.1 points over the past 10 games.   Zorn’s teams averaged less than 14 during several 10-game spans, and even Gibbs had a stretch at 12.2.  Spurrier finished at 15.9 over his final 10, the low point of his 2-year tenure.  Rock bottom was 9.2 points, hit after week 6 of 2001, just six days after the aforementioned “Gutter Bowl” in Dallas.  That 10-game run includes scores of 7, 13, 3, 20, 3, 0, 13, 9, 7, and 17.

The Redskins have averaged 17.1 and 17.9 points per game over the past 16 and 24 games.  Each mark is several full points higher than the low mark in recent team history, which game under Spurrier-Gibbs.


Rex Grossman, A Historical Perspective

October 5, 2011

Through four games in the 2011 season and eight games (seven starts) as a Redskin, there have been highlights (1,873 yards, 13 TD, 4 wins) and lowlights (9 INT, 17 sacks, 6 fumbles) for quarterback Rex Grossman.

A comparison to the starting quarterbacks during each of last 11 Redskin playoff appearances reveals the Good Rex may actually be pretty good, and the Bad Rex may not be all that bad.  Perhaps better put, the good may be good enough to win with, and the bad may not be too bad to overcome.  Four games is a little early, but nonetheless…

Grossman has thrown for 247 passing yards per game this season, more than all but two of the recent playoff seasons.  He has thrown 1.5 TD per game this year, better than or on par with seven of the past 11 playoff seasons.  In seven starts in DC, Grossman has thrown  13 TD, good for 1.9 per start – outpacing even the 14-2 offensive juggernauts of 1983 (1.8) and 1991 (1.8).

This year Grossman has already thrown five INT, and in his tenure as a Redskin has completed 3.3% of his attempts to the opposing team.  Clearly this is a poor result; the league average was 2.9% in 2010 and is 2.6% through 4 weeks in 2011.  However, it is better than five prior Redskin playoff seasons, including two that ended in Super Bowl wins – 1982 (3.6%) and 1987 (3.5%).  Grossman’s mark of 3.3% is also lower than those posted by Mark Rypien (3.4%), Jay Schroeder (3.6%), and Joe Theismann (3.8%) during their careers in Washington.

Grossman has six fumbles in his eight games as a Redskins, an astronomical mark he has reduced to two in four this year (0.5 per game).  While still high, it’s worth noting that in six of the previous 11 Redskin playoff seasons there were at least 0.5 quarterback fumbles per game.

A better measure of fumbling rate may be a comparison of fumbles to combined passing & rushing attempts.  In this metric, Grossman’s result as a Redskin is 2.1%.  He’s lowered that to 1.3% this year – a mark bettered in just three of the recent playoff seasons, and lower than the Redskins career numbers for Doug Williams (1.4%), Schroeder (1.7%), Brad Johnson (1.8%), Rypien (1.8%), Jason Campbell (1.9%), and Mark Brunell (2.1%).  Not to mention Patrick Ramsey (2.8%) and Todd Collins (4.4%). 















Campbell/Collins 2007







Ramsey/Brunell 2005







Johnson 1999







Rypien 1992








Rypien 1991

























Schroeder 1986







Theismann 1984







Theismann 1983







Theismann 1982







Loser Talk, Version 36

February 3, 2011

As Dan Steinberg dutifully documented, Joe Gibbs recently did an interview on Sirius NFL Radio with Bob Papa, Peter King and Ross Tucker.  Below is some of the discourse: 

“I’ve got to tell you, Dan and I are good friends. I told everybody when I was there, Dan did every single thing he could to help us win,” Gibbs said. “If we lost games, it was my fault, not his, and I say that to everybody. I think this guy has a burning desire, I think he’s the right kind of owner, and I was fortunate enough to have him.

“I think with Mike, I had a chance to visit with him some….I think he’s a proven guy. Yeah, it was another year with the Redskins where you’ve got a lot going on, but I will say this: almost every first year for coaches, that’s what happens. It did for me, it did for Mike. I think they’ll get settled down now. He’s had a year with the players, I think he knows where the problems are. I think they’ll go to work. And I know Dan, it’ll be the same thing he did with me, he’ll give him whatever. And so I have really hope here as a Redskin fan that we’re gonna come bouncing back here. I got to go to a couple of the games late, I think the team fought hard all year, and I think the second go-around here we’re gonna take a step up.”

Tucker then chimed in, thanking Gibbs for his comments on Snyder and saying that other owners around the league let the bottom line cloud their football decisions, unlike Snyder.

“I played for five teams, including the Redskins twice,” Tucker said, “and the thing I always tell people is it’s the really easy thing to do to rag on Mr. Snyder. And I know that some of the signings have not panned out, there’s no question about that. But at least when you’re a player for the Redskins, you know that your owner is completely consumed by winning, and you know that all he wants to do is win, and he’ll do whatever it takes. Now sometimes that might be misguided, but he’ll do whatever he thinks it takes to win.”

“I’ve seen Dan give airplanes to players that have problems and let them travel back home, I’ve seen him send his wife Tanya to the hospital when Renaldo Wynn broke his forearm in our playoff game and stayed there with him,” Gibbs agreed. “There’s a lot of great stories about Dan. It’s just unfortunate, there’s been a lot of things that have happened with the team, and what have you, and everybody’s so passionate.

“But I really think in the end, we’re gonna see, this guy has a burning passion to win, and I think he’s matched up now with a proven guy, and I think we’ll make some steady progress here….I think we’re gonna have good days in front of us for Redskins fans. That’s my hope.”

DeAngelo Hall Continues to Channel Ahmad Hawkins

October 25, 2010

Redskins corner DeAngelo Hall was just a sophomore in high school in the fall of 1998.  Clearly he was watching when fellow 757-er Ahmad Hawkins beat Anthony Midget for a 47-yard game-winning touchdown on November 28th of that year.  Hawkins’ TD grab from Aaron Brooks with 2 minutes remaining would be enough to beat Hall’s future school in Blacksburg, capping a furious second-half comeback that started from a 29-7 intermission deficit.

After scoring, Hawkins slid to his knees and outstretched both arms.  He soaked in the feeling of victory at Lane Stadium, creating one of the most indelible images in Virginia football history-

12 years later, and Hall is still  using the celebratory move he took from the one-time arena-leaguer Hawkins, who played on both sides of the ball at Virginia…

John Riggins Has Not Written a Book

September 28, 2010

No truth to the rumor that “Operation Dark Heart” is actually a John Riggins tell-all. 

13 months ago, however, the Hall of Fame Redskins running back and WB teen soap opera guest star called Washington owner Daniel Snyder “a bad guy” and “someone with the mindset of a child.”  He also had this to say to Inside the NFL’s Cris Collinsworth:

“Let me put it to you this way, Cris, this person’s heart is dark.”

Running Back Graveyard

September 22, 2010
Redskins RB Before Yards After
Shaun Alexander (2008)            9,429                  24  0 
Ladell Betts (2009)            2,966                210  0 
Larry Johnson (2010)            6,219                     2

CP Being CP (Again)

September 14, 2010

While many Redskins fans were still digesting Tracee Hamilton’s Tuesday column declaring RB Clinton Portis the anti-Haynesworth, CP once again hard a unique take on a national NFL scandal.

The day began with Hamilton’s piece lauding Portis’ pass-blocking, gushing over his offseason work ethic & demeanor, and even championing him for potential offensive captain in Tuesday’s Washington Post.  By mid-morning, the tailback made his inaugural weekly radio appearance on DC’s 106.7 The Fan.  Filling in for regular host Mike “Careless, Dumb Behavior” Wise was former RB/KR Brian Mitchell, who once told Portis over the radio waves that “The next time I see you, I’ll step to you.”

When asked about the Ines Sainz – NY Jets scandal, CP offered his thoughts (per DC Sports Bog): 

“You know man, I think you put women reporters in the locker room in positions to see guys walking around naked, and you sit in the locker room with 53 guys, and all of the sudden you see a nice woman in the locker room, I think men are gonna tend to turn and look and want to say something to that woman. For the woman, I think they make it so much that you can’t interact and you can’t be involved with athletes, you can’t talk to these guys, you can’t interact with these guys.

“And I mean, you put a woman and you give her a choice of 53 athletes, somebody got to be appealing to her. You know, somebody got to spark her interest, or she’s gonna want somebody. I don’t know what kind of woman won’t, if you get to go and look at 53 men’s packages. And you’re just sitting here, saying ‘Oh, none of this is attractive to me.’ I know you’re doing a job, but at the same time, the same way I’m gonna cut my eye if I see somebody worth talking to, I’m sure they do the same thing.”

Portis, who has exactly one 100+ rushing yard game in the last 22 months (109 vs. KC in Week 6 last year, 79 on a single carry), has been here before.  Back in May 2007 when Eagles QB Michael Vick’s name was first brought up in connection with dog-fighting charges, CP gave his opinion:

I don’t know if he was fighting dogs or not, but it’s his property, it’s his dog,” Washington Redskins running back Clinton Portis told WAVY-TV in Virginia. “If that’s what he wants to do, do it. I think people should mind their business.”

When told that dog fighting is a felony, Portis replied, “It can’t be too bad of a crime.”

“You want to hunt down Mike Vick over fighting some dogs?,” Portis told the television station. “I think people should mind their own business.”

Portis said that dog fighting is more common than people think.

I know a lot of back roads that have the dog fighting if you want to go see it,” he said.

He later added: “I think there’s bigger issues in the world and in life than what Michael Vick’s doing on his own property. Hunting is legal.”

Worth of Haynesworth

May 18, 2010

According to, the Redskins had 40 sacks in 2009, for an average of 2.5 per game.  The total was well above 2008 production, and much of the credit was and has been given to free agent signee DT Albert Haynesworth. 

Haynesworth himself had just four sacks – his lowest total since 2006 – but ends Andre Carter & Brian Orakpo each had 11 sacks.  That marked the first time since 2000 (Bruce Smith-10, Marco Coleman-12) that Washington boasted two double-digit sack men, but still a far cry from the 28+ put up by Charles Mann & Dexter Manley in both 1984 and 1985.

Through week 6, the team had 15 sacks and everyone was gushing:

  • DE Phillip Daniels: “Albert’s the key, the way he penetrates.  Teams try to slide protection his way or double him so everybody else is one-on-one.”
  • D-line coach John Palermo: “Albert only has [two] sacks, but he’s probably created another four or five because he has made the quarterback alter his looks.”
  • HC Jim Zorn: “The one guy who has really benefited [from Haynesworth’s presence] is Andre. He’s coming screaming around the end.”

By November, Carter was saying that his sack total was “definitely a tribute to [Albert] Haynesworth… one thing about him, when you watch the film and analyze it, is he sacrifices his body. I mean, he’s a big man, so when you see him dive for a tackle, that’s 300-plus pounds of man there, so sometimes you get banged up. But one thing about him: he’ll tape it up and come back.”  Really?

In the same month, Rick Maese of the Washington Post wrote that the Redskins’ increased sack total was “thanks largely to the addition of Albert Haynesworth at defensive tackle.”

Colleague Jason Reid wrote in March of this year that “despite all the criticism of Haynesworth last season, there is no denying the impact he had on the defense. His presence in the middle of the line helped to elevate the level of play of the entire defense.”

Just last month, ESPN’s John “baby” Clayton penned: “Even though injuries limited Haynesworth to 12 games in 2009, his presence was felt. Andre Carter and Brian Orakpo each had 11-sack seasons, taking advantage of the blocking attention given to Haynesworth.”

In looking at the numbers, the sack totals were actually higher without Big Al than with.  The biggest day of the year came at Oakland, when Orakpo & Carter totaled 4 & 2, respectively, and the team posted 8.  Haynesworth?  He never saw the field that Sunday.

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Combine All-Stars

April 21, 2010

With this week’s trade for former Rams DL Adam Carriker, the Shan-Allen-han brain trust has increased the number for former first-round draft picks on the Washington Redskins’ roster to an even more astonishing number.  Not satisfied with a roster already full of mercenaries whose career highlights came in the jerseys of their former team, the new regime also seems interested in stockpiling talent which the pride of Jarrettsville once drooled over.  Carriker is the fifth former round-1 selection acquired in this offseason alone (bolded among the list of 14 on the roster below):

  1. Donovan McNabb (1999, #2)
  2. Mike Williams (2002, #4)
  3. LaRon Landry (2007, #6)
  4. Andre Carter (2001, #7)
  5. DeAngelo Hall (2004, #8)
  6. Carlos Rogers (2005, #9)
  7. Carriker (2007, #13)
  8. Brian Orakpo (2009, #13)
  9. Albert Haynesworth (2002, #15)
  10. Santana Moss (2001, #16)
  11. Phillip Buchanon (2002, #17)
  12. Rex Grossman (2003, #22)
  13. Jason Campbell (2005, #25)
  14. Larry Johnson (2003, #27)

If there’s no last-minute Thursday night trade, the #4 pick this year will be the 15th player on the roster that was once thought of as a top-30 prospect in his class.  Also in the mix is free agent Levi Jones (2002, #10), still listed as a Redskin on

Perhaps more disturbing, many of this offseason’s acquisitions did nothing (absolutely or virtually) last season:

  • Carriker, Maake Kemoeatu, Josh Bidwell, Anthony Bryant, Kory Lichtensteiger, Justin Medlock, Clint Oldenburg, Ryan Torain, Lee Vickers, and Roydell Williams
  • QB Grossman had just nine pass attempts
  • RB Willie Parker rushed for just 389 yards
  • OL Artis Hicks started just three games, the lowest total since his rookie year
  • CB Phillip Buchanon had no interceptions, after totaling 7 over the prior three seasons
  • DT Howard Green had no starts playing for his fifth NFL team
  • DE Greg Peterson played in just two games
  • TE Sean Ryan played in 10 games, but caught just 14 passes
  • RB Johnson had just 581 yards, after averaging more than 1,200 over the prior four seasons

Bruce Allen May be Overshooting

January 7, 2010

This Monday, new Redskins GM Bruce Allen – the former UR punter and “dedicated surfer, [who] commonly wore overalls and slippers to classes” in college – held a press conference to discuss the firing of HC Jim Zorn and the club’s next steps.

When talking about how the team will improve, he said “free agency will be a different crop than everybody’s used to because of the limitations with the uncapped year” and that “maybe some of our greatest improvements are our players that are already on the roster playing better.”  He added that “what we are looking for in a head coach is somebody that can lead these men that we have in our locker room to levels that they haven’t played to before.”

That would certainly make for a productive team, but just getting his players to levels they already have played to would be quite an accomplishment.  At a minimum, improving on 2009 performance would be a positive step.

RB Clinton Portis: averaged 4.7 yards/carry and 1,483 yards/season 2002-2005; 942 and 4.1 2006-2009; career-low 62 yards/game in 2009

CB DeAngelo Hall: Pro Bowl in 2005 & 2006; injuries, fights, and missed tackles in 2009

FB Mike Sellers: 7 TDs in 2005, Pro Bowl in 2008; missed blocks & drops in 2009

DT Albert Haynesworth: 2007 & 2008 Pro Bowler; injuries and squabbles in 2009

WR Santana Moss: 2002 & 2005 Pro Bowler, 7.5 TD/year 2002-2005; 4.5 TD/year 2006-2009; career-low 12.9 yards/catch in 2009

WR Antwaan Randle El: 0.3 fair catches / punt returns ratio and 5% fumble / punt return rate 2002-2008; 1.1 (more FC than returns) and 18%, with career-low 6.0 yards / punt return and 0 TD for first time in career in 2009

S LaRon Landry: Pro Bowl alternate 2007; penalties, missed tackles & first missed game of career in 2009

P Hunter Smith: 43.4 yards/punt 1999-2008; 41.3, with first missed games of career in 2009