Snaps- Greg Manusky used 18 of his 26 defenders over the course of 65 defensive snaps against the Eagles on Monday Night Football. The 8 that did not play on defense included 4 inactives (A.J. Francis, Josh Harvey-Clemons, Josh Norman and Deshazor Everett) and 4 players who only took part on special teams (Will Compton, Martrell Spaight, Chris Carter and Fabian Moreau).
Anthony Lanier, Joshua Holsey and Stefan McClure only received 14 combined snaps in the game, while every other player that saw time on defense took at least 22 snaps.
Quarterback Pressure- Washington defenders sacked Carson Wentz on 3 of his 29 dropbacks (10% sack rate). The defense has recorded multiple sacks in every game this season and has registered 3 or more of them in each of the last four games.
The Bengals failed to sack the opposing quarterback on Sunday for the first time in their last 35 games, which means that the Redskins streak of at least one sack in their last 30 contests is now the longest active streak in the NFL.
If they record a sack in each of the next four games, they will tie the second longest sack streak in franchise history. That would also tie the Bengals recently snapped streak, which was the fifth most consecutive games with a sack by a team in the last 15 years.
Third Down- The defense’s never ending struggles on third down continued on Monday. They allowed Philadelphia to convert on 6 of their 12 third downs (50%) in the game. Half of those conversion came on third downs with 6 or more yards to go. The Eagles scored on all four drives they converted a third down on.
Red Zone Defense- The defense allowed the Eagles to score touchdowns on 3 of their 4 trips inside of the red zone. Their first and only successful stand in the red area did not come until 7 minutes were left in the game. Jake Elliot finished that drive with a 42-yard field goal.
The 3 red-zone TDs allowed was a season high for the Redskins. They have not yet held an opponent to a RZ success rate of under 50% this season. Their 64.7% RZ TD scoring rate allowed ranks 29th in the NFL. That’s even worse than the 59.2% conversion rate and 26th place finish they had in this statistic last season.
Tight End Defense- Is anyone the slightest bit surprised that Zach Ertz destroyed the Redskins again? Ertz lit the defense up, as he caught all 5 of his targets for 89 yards, 4 first downs and a touchdown. Brent Celek and Trey Burton got in on the fun with 2 receptions for 10 yards.
Washington’s defense is giving up an average of 84.3 yards per game to the tight end position. The Chiefs (71.1 yards) and the Browns (69.6 yards) are the only teams within 15 yards of them in that statistic. On the bright side, at least they haven’t allowed a tight end to score on them in an NFL record 8 straight regular season games like the Giants have.
Rushing Defense- Once again, the Redskins did an excellent job of shutting down the opposition’s running backs on the ground. They held LeGarrette Blount to 29 yards, 1 first down and a 2.1-yard average. All 4 Eagles running backs combined to rush for just 64 yards, 4 first downs and a 2.56-yard average on 25 carries against Washington’s defense.
The Redskins rank 2nd and 9th in the NFL in rushing yards (394) and rushing average (3.58) allowed to enemy running backs, respectively.
Their problem has not been with running backs, it’s been with quarterbacks. Carson Wentz lit Washington up for 63 yards rushing, 6 first downs and a 7.9 YPC average. Here are the defense’s QB rushing rankings this season: 31st in yards (145), 28th in YPC (5.8) and 32nd in yards per game (24.2).
Wide Receiver Defense- So the defense sucks at covering tight ends and stopping quarterback rushes. Are they good at anything else besides not giving up a lot of rushing yards to RBs? Why yes, the Redskins are actually quite good at defending wide receivers, particularly outside wide receivers.
For example, outside receivers Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith were limited to 2 catches for 37 scoreless yards on 7 targets on Monday night. Nelson Agholor and Mack Hollins, on the other hand, combined to catch 5 passes for 109 yards and 2 touchdowns out of the slot.
All 4 touchdowns scored by receivers against the team this season have come from players that were lined up in the slot. Also, 3 of the 4 interceptions that were targeted at receivers were directed at WRs who were lined up on the outside.
Washington ranks in the top 10 in targets, receptions, yards and touchdowns allowed to the wide receiver position.
Worst Defensive Game of the Year?- The Redskins gave up 34 points, 4 touchdowns and 298 passing yards, all of which were seasons worsts. Carson Wentz was named NFC Player of the Week for his dismantling of Washington’s defense.
Matt Ioannidis- Ioannidis played on a season high 44 defensive snaps. His 68% snap share was also a new season high. Both numbers are season highs by any defensive lineman on the team. It’s great that the coaches recognized he has been by far one of their best D-lineman this year, but his production in this game may be a cause for concern.
For the first time this year he did not hit the opposing quarterback. This was only the second game in which he did not record at least a half sack. He was able to hurry Carson Wentz on a few dropbacks.
He also matched his worst game of the year in terms of tackle production, with just 1 assist (Week 1 vs. Eagles).
Maybe it’s just that the Eagles have a really good offensive line. But, then again, maybe Jonathan Allen played a big part in Temple alum’s meteoric early-season breakout. Allen was on the field lined up right next to him on all 5 plays Ioannidis recorded either a half or a full sack on this season.
Ziggy Hood- You may not know this about me, but I am not a big fan of Ziggy Hood. In the comments section of last week’s defensive Skins Stats & Snaps, I said Hood was the new Kedric Golston. Hood certainly did nothing in this game to prove that statement wrong.
He failed to record a stat or pressure of any kind for the second straight game despite playing on 39 snaps. He has not recorded a pressure in half of his games this year and only recorded a traditional stat (tackle, TFL, sack, hit, PD, etc) in one game all year (Raiders).
This guy has played on 200 snaps and he probably made a positive impact on only about 5 of them. His 42.9 overall PFF grade ranks 120th out of 121 qualifying interior defenders and dead last among all Redskins defenders.
I feel confident in saying that Ziggy Hood is the worst player on the Redskins’ roster.
Stacy McGee- The $5M APY free agent, McGee, played on 43% of the snaps for the second week in a row, but unlike last week, his impact on the game was negligible. He assisted on 1 tackle, but that play did not occur until there was only two minutes left in the game. He was at least able to generate some pressure on Wentz.
Terrell McClain- McClain is other high-dollar free acquisition on the line that has disappointed this year. Like McGee, he too made a small impact as a pass rusher and made just one tackle in the game. His tackle was of the solo variety, but it also came in the fourth quarter.
Anthony Lanier- Lanier was active for the first time this season. He did not record any traditional stats or pressures on his 8 snaps in the game.
Ryan Kerrigan- Kerrigan led all Washington OLBs in snaps for the fifth time this year and continued to put up solid numbers.
He registered a season high total tackles (6). The Eagles did not pick up a first down on any of those plays and averaged negative yardage on them.
Kerrigan also hit the QB a season high two times and recorded 4 total pressures. One of his tackles was a half sack, which made this the fifth game this year in which he’s had at least a half sack.
Kerrigan has feasted against the Eagles throughout his career. Of his 62.5 sacks, 10.5 of them (17%) have come against Philadelphia.
Preston Smith- Smith suffered a groin injury that limited him his playing time to 46% of the snaps. He was averaging a 68% snap percentage on defense coming into the game.
His 5 solo and total tackles ranked 2nd and 4th on the team, respectively; both of which were season highs for the third-year outsider backer.;
Smith was active in the running game with four of his five tackles coming on Wendell Smallwood runs, but he did not record a sack or a pressure for the first time all year.
Junior Galette- Preston Smith’s injury allowed Galette to get a season-high 42% of the snaps.
He made the most of his extended run by splitting a sack with Kerrigan and recording a season-best 4 solo and 5 total tackles.
Ryan Anderson- The second rounder out of Alabama played on 22 snaps against the Eagles, his second highest total of the season. He had only taken 17 combined defensive snaps in the team’s last two games.
The extra PT didn’t matter, though. Anderson failed to record a single stat or a QB pressure for the second straight week. He recorded his only traditional stats in Week 3 and his only pressure in Week 4.
I know he’s a rookie, but I personally am not okay with a 23-year old that was taken with the 49th overall pick in the draft not making any meaningful contributions to the team with over a third of the season in the books.
Chris Carter- Carter played exclusively on special teams for the fourth time this season. He has only taken 2 defensive snaps this season (1 each in Weeks 1 and 4).
Zach Brown- Just as he has in every other game this season, Zach Brown led the Redskins in tackles; but this time he really outdid himself.
On the evening of his 28th birthday, the speedy linebacker racked up season and team highs in the following categories: solo tackles (10), total tackles (13), defensive stops (7), TFLs (4), sacks (1.5) and forced fumbles (1). He earned a PFF rating of 81.7 for his efforts, the 2nd best mark on the defense and the fourth best on the team.
This was Brown’s fourth double-digit tackle game of the year and the first time he’s recorded more than 1 sack since Week 1 of 2013. The sacks were his first as a member of the Redskins.
The only major black mark for him in the contest was the 9-yard receiving touchdown that he gave up to running back Corey Clement. He has allowed the most receiving scores on the team this season.
Brown played on every snap for third time in the last four games and has only missed 3 defensive plays in 2017. He currently ranks 3rd in the NFL in tackles (1 tackle behind C.J. Mosley and Blake Martinez for the most). Every player within 5 tackles of Zach Brown has played in one more game than he has.
Mason Foster- Mason Foster played on 100% of the snaps for the fourth time this year.
He recorded 6 tackles (4 solo and 2 assisted). The Eagles averaged -1 yards gained on Foster’s tackles. They didn’t gain more than 2 yards on any of those plays and lost yardage on Foster’s TFL on LaGarrette Blount (-3) and his sack of Carson Wentz (-10).
Foster split the sack with Brown and hurried Wentz on several more dropbacks. He ranks second among all ILBs in pass rushing productivity this season (22.2).
His 80.9 PFF grade for the game ranked 3rd on the defense and 5th on the team.
Other ILB- Martrell Spaight and Will Compton didn’t get any defensive snaps for second straight week and for the third time this season (Weeks 1, 6 and 7). Josh Harvey-Clemons was inactive for the fifth time in six games and has yet to get any playing time on defense this season.
Quinton Dunbar- Dunbar led the cornerback corps with 64 snaps for the second week in a row.
He recorded his first interception of the year on the Eagles opening drive and defended a pass on the Eagle’s next drive. His 2 PDs were tied for a game high.
He also made 4 solo tackles in the game.
Dunbar’s problem in this game was penalties. He was flagged for a facemask penalty on the Philadelphia’s first scoring drive (field goal) and his DPI on Alshon Jeffrey in the end zone set the Eagles up for a touchdown on their final drive of the first half.
Bashaud Breeland- Breeland played through injury and had what was likely his best game in coverage all year. He did not allow a single reception on his 29 coverage snaps and the 4 targets thrown in his direction. He defended a pass on two consecutive drives, with one of those PDs coming on third down.
He made a pair of solo tackles on Eagles’ rushes of 2 yards.
Breeland received the highest PFF grade on the team for his work in this game (83.9).
Kendall Fuller- Slot corner Kendall Fuller played on a season-high 54 snaps against the Eagles, which is 8 more snaps than his previous high.
He made 4 solo tackles in the game, with two of them coming on 2-yard rushes by Blount.
He was primarily responsible for allowing Nelson Agholor’s 10-yard TD on the first drive of the fourth quarter. That was the first score PFF’s 10th highest graded corner has allowed this year.
Joshua Holsey- Joshua Holsey was active for the second straight week with Josh Norman on the shelf. Just like last week, he recorded 5 snaps on defense, did not record any defensive stats and was not targeted. He did make a major impact on special teams, when he recovered Jamison Crowder’s fumble at Washington’s own 7-yard line
Other Cornerbacks- Fellow rookie Fabian Moreau suffered a hamstring injury and only played on 4 special teams snaps in the game.
Josh Norman missed two consecutive games for the first time since Weeks 6 and 7 of the 2014 season. He looks to be on track to return on Sunday against the Cowboys.
D.J. Swearinger- Swearinger played on all but 1 snap and recorded 4 solo tackles on Monday night.
The veteran safety struggled mightily in coverage as so many journeyman safeties with the Redskins have in recent years. He got burned by Mack Hollins and allowed a 64-yard touchdown in the waning minutes of the first half. That pass traveled 62.8 yards in the air, which makes it the longest touchdown pass in the last two seasons.
Just over 3 minutes of clock time after the Hollins TD, Swearinger gave up a 6-yard score to Zach Ertz. He even had a chance to save the touchdown, as the ball was caught outside of the end zone, but he missed the tackle on Ertz. Swearinger would go on to give up several more receiving first downs on the night.
His 2017 PFF coverage grade of 43.3 ranks dead last among all Redskins defensive backs.
I got news for you, D.J. You are, in fact, a strong and not a free safety.
Montae Nicholson- Nicholson was the only Redskins DB that played on all 65 snaps against the Eagles.
The Michigan State product finished the night with 1 solo and 2 assisted tackles (3 total). The tackles came on Philly gains of 14, 4 and 24 yards.
He leads all Skins safeties in PFF overall (76.0) and coverage (76.7) grades. I know he’s a very young rookie and he will make mistakes, but the defensive coaches need to leave even more of the deep coverage responsibilities to him with Swearinger struggling in that department.
Other Safeties- Deshazor Everett was inactive for the second consecutive game. He played on 67 of 68 snaps in Week 1 against the Eagles, but has only been on the field for 49 snaps since.
Stefan McClure only got in on one defensive play, which was his 23rd snap of the year. There is a good chance that McClure will be relegated to the practice squad at some point in the next few weeks if DeAngelo Hall’s health continues to improve.
ALL DEFENSIVE SNAPS
Snaps- Ben Kotwica sent out 36 of the team’s 46 active players over the course of a season-high 32 special teams snaps. The group of 36 players was made up of 20 defenders, 13 offensive players and 3 specialists. There were 3 offensive players (Brian Quick, Samaje Perine and Mack Brown) and 4 defenders (Will Compton, Martrell Spaight, Fabian Moreau and Chris Carter) that only saw action on special teams.
Carter and Stefan McClure led the way with a season-most 28 special teams snaps a piece. Niles Paul (24 snaps) and Martrell Spaight (21 snaps) played the third and fourth most special snaps on the team, respectively.
Kick Coverage- Kenjon Barner returned two punt returns for 22 yards and added another 22 yards on his only kickoff return of the night.
Stefan McClure and Will Compton teamed up to stop Barner at the 19-yard line on his kickoff return.
Niles Paul stopped the bleeding on a 22-yard punt return with a solo tackle. Spaight made the tackle on a 10-yard punt return, but that yardage was negated by a Philadelphia holding penalty. The tackle and the penalty combined to pin the Carson Wentz and company at their own 5-yard line.
Nick Rose- New signee, Nick Rose, converted on the first field goal attempt of his career in the game, a 27-yarder in the first quarter. He went 3 for 3 on extra points.
Let’s just hope this game is a sign that his accuracy has improved over the last several years. He missed 14 of his 46 combined field goal attempts between college and the 2016 and 2017 NFL preseasons.
Three of Rose’s four kickoffs went for touchbacks, with the lone exception being returned 22 yards out to the 19-yard line.
Tress Way- Tress Way tied a season-high with 5 punts and set a new 2017 mark with 239 punt yards. Two of his five kicks pinned the Eagles inside of their own 20 and another one went for a touchback. Philly took their two returned punts for a total of 22 yards.
Most of the numbers say Way is not having a great year. He currently ranks 20th in average (45.2), 17th in average return yardage (8.9), 24th in net average (39.5). His only saving grace is that he ranks 8th in inside-the-20 percentage (46%), which is one of the most important punting stats out there, in my opinion.
Kickoff Returns- Chris Thompson took the team’s first kickoff return in over a month (last one was on 9/17 against the Rams) for a gain of 18 yards. The return was probably ill-advised though, as Thompson only made it out to the 19-yard line.
The Redskins rank dead last or tied for last in kickoff returns (6), kickoff returns yards (111) and long return (24). Their 18.5 return average ranks 30th. If Thompson had enough returns to qualify, his 17.3-yard return average would rank last among all qualifiers.
Punt Returns- In terms of pure return yardage and average (24 yards and 8.0 yards per return), this was Jamison Crowder’s best game of the year as a punt returner. However, his fumble at Washington’s own 14-yard washes away anything remotely positive that he did in this department.
This was the third game in which Crowder has fumbled a punt for the Redskins this season. Prior to 2017, he had only fumbled/muffed a punt on three other occasions in his career, with two those of those occurring in his rookie season.
Both Crowder and the Redskins rank 24th in punt return yardage this year. He ranks 24th in return average (5.8 yards), while the team ranks 26th in this statistic. This has easily been Crowder’s worst year as a punt returner.
Overall Special Teams- The Redskins rank 23rd in special teams DVOA this year. The only thing that surprises me is that they aren’t ranked lower.
*All statistics are courtesy of CSN Mid Atlantic, ESPN, Football Outsiders, NFL.com, NFL Gamebooks, Pro Football Focus, Pro Football Reference, Redskins.com and Sharp Football Stats*
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