“It’s no coincidence that his best work in the red zone came as a rookie when he threw 10 touchdown passes and no interceptions. His legs were a more dangerous weapon as teams didn’t know if he would run or not — and they knew if he did it could burn them. Griffin’s legs must be more of a factor in the red zone — whether its his decision or the coaches. Griffin’s ability to run as a rookie forced defenses to play different coverages in the red zone — 14 of his 21 red-zone runs occurred in the first eight weeks that season, but six of his touchdown passes came in his final seven games. Griffin scored a touchdown, via the draw or zone-read or off a scramble, on five of his first 13 carries — that sort of stat concerns a defense.
“Another stat: Griffin has run the ball a combined 16 times the past two years in the red zone, with one touchdown (coming in the season finale last month). Is that a change in philosophy? Desire by Griffin? Brought on by injuries? Maybe all of the above?
“But it’s not just running, it’s also about developing as a passer and throwing with confidence in this area. That has been too absent for Griffin.
“Kirk Cousins’ numbers were better here this past season: 13-of-22 for 87 yards and six touchdowns for a 107.4 rating. However, there were times when he settled for dumping off rather than extending a play against a three-man rush. But his decisiveness worked well in this area.”
~ John Keim, ESPN.com, RGIII in the red zone.
It has been quite a year, not always happy for Redskins fans. Yet, the most popular stories on Redskins Hog Heaven had nothing to do with RGIII. It was all about that name. We looked back at our most popular blog posts published in 2014 for hints on what to write about in 2005. These […]
“Working with the total cap number of $140 million and a Redskins cap space figure of around $15 million, the Redskins are at a substantial disadvantage compared to some of the teams that they will be competing for players against. There are 10 teams that will have twice as much cap space as Washington. Some of the teams that are over the $30 million mark in cap space will be picking near the top of the draft, teams like the Jaguars, Raiders, Jets, Bucs, and Titans.”
~ Rich Tandler, from Redskins 2015 Salary Cap Overview: Some room to operate
Redskins’ president and GM Bruce Allen was in a tough spot today. DC sportswriters gave a convincing performance of the mob storming Frankenstein’s castle. They demanded blood. They demanded answers Allen could not give. Allen said he was evaluating everything the team does as part of the turn-around. It is bad business to preannounce personnel […]
“You know how this works. You ask the questions and I don’t answer them.” ~ Mike Shanahan at his first press conference as Redskins head coach. Bruce Allen’s press conference Wednesday morning is news in itself. Expect the DC sportswriter crowd to ask the usual, superficial football related questions – prominent names, job security questions, Robert […]
Sean Taylor is a martyr to Redskins fans. Any criticism about St. Sean is fighting words in these parts. It wasn’t a criticism, but former and still despised Redskins GM Vinny Cerrato says he took heat from team “ownership” over Taylor’s early career work habits. Vinny made his comments on his syndicated talk show aired […]
Whatever comes tomorrow for the Redskins, Hog Heaven is certain of one thing. It will be another short cut to placate the mob (us fans) with a famous name. Perhaps will be Wade Phillips to replace Jim Haslett as the defensive coordinator because the touts are adamant that Rex Ryan would rather be on TV […]
The Dallas Cowboys face the Washington Redskins in Week 17, but before the teams take the field Dallas should thank them for knocking off the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 16, thus opening the door for the Cowboys to clinch the NFC East last week. The Cowboys do still have first-round bye or possibly home-field advantage […]
“The fact that a team with a losing record can make the playoffs, let alone host a playoff game, while the Philadelphia Eagles who could finish with 11-wins and not even make the postseason, doesn’t look good.
“The playoffs are supposed to reward the best teams and be the part of the NFL season when the elite teams go head to head, and at this point no one would put Atlanta (5-9), New Orleans (6-8), or Carolina (5-8-1) in this category.”
~ Blaine Grisak, via The Football Educator, Making a Strong Case for NFL Realignment.
Robert Griffin III gave his most effective performance of the year against the Eagles last Saturday. The stats show it. The stats show something else, too. RG has yet to out-perform opposing quarterbacks in any game he has played this year. The papers are crushing Mark Sanchez today, but he played well enough to win. […]
‘Twas the week before Christmas, when all through the town Not a creature was stirring, all wore a frown; The tickets were sold by brokers with care, To fans of the Eagles who hoped to be there; The Redskins were nestled all snug before lockers, While visions of winning faded to darker; And fans in […]
Hello Tom Jackson, Best wishes for a joyous Holiday Season. I apologize for not tapping you for an Eagles-Redskins Q&A before today’s game. I did not forget. I just was not up to it. How many times can Hog Heaven continue to write what every fan already knows? My team sucks. Blog readers want to […]
Michael Vick spoke his wistful thought that a place on the Redskins roster would be the ideal end to his career. It could work. The social media reaction was a unanimous “oh HECK no.” Somebody out there (you know who you are) thinks this would be a great idea, but the notion is a non-starter […]
Hog Heaven is a long-time Daniel Snyder critic. You know this if you are a regular reader. (Thank you for that.) Our comments are not Snyder hate. We like that he grew up a Redskins fan. We do not have an out of town owner who is a threat to move the team, or who […]
Aside from the opportunity to play spoiler, or position themselves for the 2015 NFL draft, the Washington Redskins don’t have much to play for heading into Week 16. While there is uncertainty and disappointment surrounding D.C. these days, the Redskins still have a chance to end 2014 on a high note. And if they can’t […]