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.”
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