Young: Eliminating ‘little things’ will lead to turnaround on offense

Redskins fullback Darrel Young believes he and his teammates can quickly turn things around on offense. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post) Redskins fullback Darrel Young believes he and his teammates can quickly turn things around on offense. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

As they return to action this week and begin what needs to be a strong 12-week stretch, the Washington Redskins believe their ability to rebound from a 1-3 start will hinge largely on their ability to do the little things right.

Washington’s offensive players remain adamant in they have been their own worst enemy thus far. Redskins fullback Darrel Young believes that the problems aren’t significant, but instead a lot of little things that add up to one big problem.

Penalties, dropped passes and missed assignments are to blame, say the Redskins, who this season rank 25th in the league in total offense and last in the league in third down percentage.

If the Redskins can sharpen their execution in those areas, they will recapture last season’s success.

“Regardless of how you move the ball, we can move the ball in the field, but we get in the red zone, that’s where we’re struggling, and third downs, obviously,” Young said. “Kyle and them do a great job every week of game planning, putting us in situations. But dropped balls and penalties – I mean, it’s hard on first and 10, then you’ve got second and 20 as opposed to second and three. It’s just a different game plan. We just have to eliminate the penalties. … I think we’ve just got to eliminate the little things.”

Have a Redskins question? E-mail Mike Jones at with the subject line “Mailbag question” for him to answer it in The Mailbag on Tuesday.

What’s ahead:

● The Redskins practice Thursday at 1 p.m.

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Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.



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