Snaps- Greg Manusky’s defense was on the field for 64 snaps and 62 plays against the San Francisco 49ers this past Sunday. Those are the lowest totals the Redskins’ defense has faced all season behind only the 63 snaps and 58 plays they were out there for in Week 3 against the Bears on Monday Night Football.
Yards- The Skins’ D held Kyle Shanahan’s offense to 283 yards and a 4.6-yards per-play average. Those are both the second-lowest marks allowed by Washington’s defense this season (271 yards and a 3.9-yard average last week in Miami). The yardage total and the average were the second and third-lowest figures posted by the San Francisco offense this season.
I think it bears mentioning one more time that the low offensive output was largely a product of extremely poor weather and field conditions.
Points- The defense pitched a shutout for the first 39 minutes and 32 seconds of the game, but gave up three field goals after that. This was the first time Washington shut out its opponent in the first half since Week 1 of last season (at Arizona). The only other time the team accomplished this feat since the start of the 2016 season was in Week 3 of 2017 against the Raiders on Sunday Night Football.
3rd & 4th Down- Washington allowed the San Francisco offense to move the chains on seven of the 16 third downs they faced (43.8%). The 49ers averaged 6.44 yards per play on the money down, which worked out well for them considering they needed to gain an average of 6.56 yards on those plays. They also converted on three of their eight third-and-long plays.
The Niners went for it on fourth down twice. They converted on their 4th-and-1 play from the Washington 35-yard line with a 2-yard pass to tight end Ross Dwelley, but threw an interception on their 4th-and-4 pass to Dante Pettis from the 36.
Takeaways- The Skins’ only takeaway of the game was the aforementioned fourth-down interception that was caught at the 14-yard line that was returned 33 yards out to the 47.
The offense totally squandered the opportunity and actually lost yardage on the ensuing drive. The Burgundy and Gold scored touchdowns immediately after both of their first two takeaways of the season, but they have since scored a total of 6 combined points following the last eight turnovers they’ve forced.
Red Zone- It feels surreal telling you that the defense held the 49ers out of the end zone on all four of their trips to the red zone, but that is actually what happened in this game. The 49ers only averaged 1.1 yards per play and didn’t pick up a single first down on their 10 plays in the red area.
This was the first time the Skins’ defense faced four or more red-zone possessions and didn’t give up a single touchdown since Week 10 of last season (0-5 at Tampa Bay).
QB Pressure- The pass rush was able to generate pressure on Jimmy G on just under a third of his dropbacks (8-of-25) and to sack him on two of those plays for a total of 5 yards.
Those certainly aren’t horrible results, but they aren’t anything to write home about either considering that the defense was averaging 3 sacks and a 33% pressure rate over the last four games and that they were going up against a team without its top three offensive tackles.
Rushing Defense- The 49ers ran the ball a whopping 39 times against the Redskins’ defense, gained 137 yards on those plays (3.51 YPC) and picked up 7 first downs.
That was the most carries against a Washington team since the Giants ran the ball 44 times against them in the 2017 finale. However, the per carry average was the lowest allowed by the team since Week 8 of last season (2.64 YPC at New York Giants).
|Defensive Line (5 Players)|
|Player (* - starter)||Snaps||Snap %|
|Daron Payne *||54||84%|
|Jonathan Allen *||52||81%|
|Matt Ioannidis *||45||70%|
|Treyvon Hester||ST Only||0%|
Jonathan Allen- Big Jon Allen played on a season-high 81% of the snaps in Sunday’s game. His 5 solo tackles were tied for his most as a pro and his 7 total takedowns were the second-most he’s ever had (10 tackles at Dallas in Week 12 of last season). All seven of his tackles were made on running plays, with four of them coming within two yards of the line of scrimmage.
He registered 3 hurries on his 20 rushes. This was the third week in a row Allen totaled three or more QB pressures, which marks the first time in his career that he achieved such a streak.
Daron Payne- Payne also got quite a hefty workload with an 84% snap share. And like Allen, the second-year nose tackle made a boatload of tackles, at least for a D-lineman. He finished the game with a career-high 7 solo tackles, which represented his second-highest number of total tackles in a game (8 tackles vs Houston in Week 11 of last season).
However, he did miss a tackle and notched just one hurry on his 15 pass-rushing snaps. Payne’s 44.4 PFF grade was both a season low for him and the third-worst grade given to a player in this game.
That number probably would’ve been a good deal higher if he had not been robbed of a turnover-forcing tackle late in the game. Payne tackled 49er running back Jeff Wilson a yard behind the line of scrimmage on the play in question and forced a fumble that would be recovered by another Washington defender. However, it was all for not, as the play was wiped out because the umpire was not in position at the time of the snap.
Matt Ioannidis- Matt Ioannidis was a one-man wrecking crew this past Sunday. He played on 70% of the snaps and racked up a whopping 8 solo and 9 total tackles, both of which were career highs by a margin of two and represented the highest such totals by a player on either team. This was just the second time in his four years as a pro that Matty I has led the team or the game in either category (6 solo and 7 total tackles vs. Atlanta in Week 9 of last year).
Of his nine takedowns, eight of them were made in the first half and six of them were made within two yards of the line of scrimmage or behind it. He tied prime Defensive Rookie of the Year candidate Nick Bosa (4) for the most defensive stops in the game. That includes a 2-yard TFL on a Tevin Coleman run and a tackle of Jimmy G six yards behind the line of scrimmage that occurred after a fumbled snap and probably should’ve been counted as a sack.
He led all players in the game with 4 pressures (all hurries), as well. The Ion Man has generated at least three pressures in each of the Redskins’ last five games and has led the club or tied for the team lead in pressures in four of those contests.
Ioannidis has racked up more pressures than any other Redskins player this season (25) and has more than twice as many of them as anybody not named Ryan Kerrigan. He’s also tied for the most QB hits (5) and TFLs (4) on the team and has recorded more solo (21) and total tackles (34) than any other Washington interior defender or edge rusher.
He ranks in the top ten among all NFL interior defenders in solo tackles (1st), total tackles (1st), QB hits (7th), pressures (7th) and pass-rushing productivity (7.5).
Tim Settle- Tim Settle set season lows with 10 snaps and a 16% snap share. He was averaging 27.3 snaps and a 37.3% playing-time clip coming into the game.
Settle failed to record a single traditional statistic for the second consecutive week, but did find a way to register a pair of hurries, despite only rushing the passer six times. He has now racked up multiple pressures in two of the last three weeks, after not doing so once in any of his first 20 games.
Treyvon Hester- Hester played exclusively on special teams in this one. This was the first time he hadn’t played on defense since Week 1. I’m no Hester truther or anything, but I’m not sure I understand the logic behind this move considering he recorded his first sack of the season and earned a 90.8 PFF grade just a week ago.
|Outside Linebackers (4 Players)|
|Player (* - starter)||Snaps||Snap %|
|Ryan Kerrigan *||57||89%|
|Montez Sweat *||44||69%|
Ryan Kerrigan- Ryan Kerrigan played on 89% of the defensive snaps, which was his highest snap percentage since Week 12 of last season (91% at Dallas).
The unbreakable Washington edge rusher only registered two pressures on the day, but they were a third-down QB hit and a half sack. You could argue that he should’ve been credited with a second half sack, but it was not counted as such because Jimmy G had fumbled the snap prior to the tackle being made.
Both of the other two tackles he recorded were behind the line of scrimmage, as well. He took down Tevin Coleman for a loss of a yard on a red-zone play and shut down a George Kittle goal-line carry for a loss of two yards. In all, the 49ers lost 14 yards between the four plays Kerrigan made a tackle on.
On the downside, he did commit his second penalty of the season when he jumped offsides on a 2nd-and-9 play; however, the infraction was declined in favor of one committed on the same snap by our next player.
Montez Sweat- Sweat committed his third penalty this season when he gave the Niners’ offense a first down by committing an illegal-use-of-hands infraction inside the final minute of the first half.
Luckily for him, he was able to make up for it by splitting a sack with Ryan Kerrigan two plays later. It was his second sack of the season and it brought his total on the year up to 1.5. The rookie first-rounder has generated at least one pressure in all seven of his games, but has yet to have more than two of them in a single contest.
In addition to the split sack, he chipped in with two other assists and a solo tackle to give him a total of 4 takedowns in the game.
Ryan Anderson- After registering at least one pressure in each of his last four games, the third-year outside backer failed to generate any of them on his 8 pass-rushing snaps.
However, Anderson did record 3 stops in the running game, all of which were made within two yards of the line of scrimmage, including a tackle for no gain on a 3rd-and-1 play.
He also scored the first pass defense of his career when he hit San Francisco tight end Ross Dwelley and jarred the ball loose on a 2nd-and-12 play in the second quarter.
Anderson earned a game-high 91.0 Pro Football Focus grade for his efforts, which was the second-best rating of his career (92.9 at Tampa Bay in Week 12 of 2018) and the seventh best such mark posted among all qualifying defenders in Week 7.
Noah Spence- Noah Spence’s PT has oscillated up and down since joining the team in Week 3 and this was a down week (0% > 25% > 5% > 23% > 8%) that saw him play on just 5 snaps.
The veteran edge rusher made the most out of the opportunities he got by recording a 0-yard sack of Jimmy Garoppolo on a 3rd-and-5 play in the red zone. That was Spence’s only pass-rushing snap of the entire game. The sack was his first since Week 1 of the 2017 season and his second since Week 12 of 2016. It also constituted just his second tackle and pressure of the year; he assisted on a tackle and notched a QB hit in Week 4 against the Giants.
|Inside Linebackers (5 Players)|
|Player (* - starter)||Snaps||Snap %|
|Jon Bostic *||64||100%|
|Cole Holcomb *||29||45%|
|Shaun Dion Hamilton||25||39%|
|Tanner Vallejo||ST Only||0%|
Jon Bostic- A strong tackling display was perhaps the only saving grace for Jonathan Bostic, who had what might’ve been his worst game of the year.
The journeyman ILB made 5 solo and 7 total tackles, of which four were made within two yards of the line of scrimmage, and that includes a 1-yard TFL on 3rd-and-10. That gave him a career-best streak of five consecutive seven-tackle games.
That’s all great, but there are a lot of warts you can’t see on your traditional box score. Most notably, Bostic missed a tackle and had a horrendous day in coverage.
He was targeted seven times on his 24 coverage snaps and gave up 5 receptions for 82 yards and 4 first downs on those plays. To put those numbers in more context, consider that no other player on the team allowed more than 2 receptions, 28 yards or 2 first downs. Bostic was charged with giving up San Francisco’s longest (40 yards), third-longest (26) and fifth-longest plays of the day.
His 39.4 PFF grade was not only the lowest mark handed out to any player in this game, it was the fifth-worst grade earned among all off-ball linebackers in Week 7.
And the issue is not just that Bostic has a really bad game like this from time-to-time, it’s that he doesn’t sprinkle in the occasional big game, either. He’s played 453 defensive snaps this season and he has yet to record a sack, QB hit, interception, pass defense, forced fumble or fumble recovery. He’s also only generated 2 pressures, and they were both hurries from the same game (vs. New England in Week 5).
Cole Holcomb- Holcomb saw his playing time get reduced for the second consecutive week and ended up posting career-low numbers in terms of both snaps played (29) and snap rate (45%).
The former UNC Tar Heel also had a very quiet day in terms of production. He did not register a pressure for the first time since Week 3, missed a tackle and only made a season-low 3 tackles (all solo). One of those tackles was made after the lone reception he allowed in the game, a 2-yarder to Levine Toilolo.
Shaun Dion Hamilton- SDH played 25 snaps in Sunday’s game, which gave Holcomb a season-low four-snap lead in playing time over the second-year linebacker from Alabama.
However, unlike last week’s stellar performance, Hamilton only put forth a modest showing this time around. He was not targeted on any of his 8 coverage snaps and made just 3 tackles (2 solo), none of which were particularly impactful.
The one big play he did make was nullified. SDH made what would have been his first fumble recovery in college or the pros, but the entire snap was erased from the record books because the umpire was not in position at the time of the snap. The turnover also would’ve prevented the 49ers from making one of their three field goals in the game.
Other Inside Linebackers- Josh Harvey-Clemons was sidelined for the third straight week with a bum hammy and has already been ruled out for the Week 8 showdown with the Vikings on Thursday night. Tanner Vallejo has played in all seven games, but all 116 of his snaps have come on special teams.
|Cornerbacks (6 Players)|
|Player (* - starter)||Snaps||Snap %|
|Quinton Dunbar *||64||100%|
|Fabian Moreau *||63||98%|
|Alvin Colvin||ST Only||0%|
Josh Norman- Injuries to his thigh and hand caused Josh Norman to miss his first game since Week 7 of the 2017 season (at Philadelphia). He missed that contest and the one prior to it (Week 6 vs. San Francisco) because of a fractured rib. Those are the only three games Norman has missed since 2014.
He did not practice all week and is listed as questionable for Thursday night’s prime time tilt with the Vikings.
Quinton Dunbar- Norman’s absence forced Quinton Dunbar to play on 100% of the snaps for just the second time in his 52-game career (Week 6 of last season vs. Carolina).
Unfortunately for the Redskins, Dunny was not able to replicate anything close to the sensational outings he had in Weeks 4 and 6. He only surrendered 2 receptions for a total of 22 yards on the 4 targets thrown his way, but both catches were chain-moving grabs by George Kittle on third-and-long plays.
On the plus side, he defended a third-down pass in Redskins’ territory. However, he really should’ve intercepted the ball. Dunbar has notched at least one PD in four straight games, which is tied for the longest streak of his 5-year career.
He made his lone tackle after one the receptions he allowed. The last time he only recorded a single takedown or less was in Week 17 of the 2017 season (1 tackle at New York Giants).
Despite the down performance, Dunbar still leads all defensive backs with a 91.0 PFF grade on the year.
Fabian Moreau- It was an odd-numbered week, so Fabian Moreau had a decent game. In other words, his play has been maddeningly inconsistent this season, but this just happened to be one of his good weeks.
The only time he was targeted the entire afternoon was on the 49ers’ second offensive play of the game. On the play, Jimmy Garoppolo threw a pass 17 yards past the line of scrimmage to Marquise Goodwin before Moreau swooped in to break up the pass and record what was surprisingly just his first PD of the season. He also chipped in with 2 solo tackles, with both coming after the Niners had already picked up first downs.
Perhaps, Moreau played better this week because he wasn’t playing the slot. Since the start of last season, he has allowed 1.26 yards per coverage snap in the slot versus 0.73 yards when not playing inside; that is a sizeable difference of over 40%.
Jimmy Moreland- With one of the team’s “big three” corners on the shelf again, the People’s Corner got another chance to show his wares.
Moreland was out there for 35 snaps, 24 of which came in the slot (69%). He was targeted twice and gave up receptions on both plays for a total of 17 yards and a first down. All but one of those yards was gained by George Kittle on a 16-yard third-down conversion on the 49ers’ final drive of the game.
Two of Moreland’s three tackles were made on that drive, with the second of those going for no gain. He also missed a tackle for the second consecutive week and for the fourth time this season.
Simeon Thomas- Norman’s absence gave Simeon Thomas a chance to get on the field for the first time since the Week 2 matchup with the Cowboys. Of his 6 snaps, five of them came in coverage. He was not targeted and did not record any stats.
Aaron Colvin- Colvin got his first action since a disastrous Week 1 with the Texans. However, he was only in for a single play and it came on special teams. Colvin is clearly at the bottom of the Redskins’ cornerback depth chart.
|Safeties (5 Players)|
|Player (* - starter)||Snaps||Snap %|
|Landon Collins *||64||100%|
|Montae Nicholson *||31||48%|
Landon Collins- Landon Collins played on 100% of the defensive snaps for his seventh straight game, but failed to make anywhere close to the type of impact he did last week.
The Redskins’ leading tackler finished the day with a season-low 4 tackles (2 solo), which was three fewer takedowns than he’s recorded in any game this season. However, two of those tackles did stop the Niners for no gain on third-down plays, one of which was on a 3rd-and-1.
He missed a team-high 2 tackles, which is tied for his most whiffs this year (Week 1 at Philadelphia). Collins is on pace to lead the team in missed tackles this season with what would be a career high 16 of them.
The fifth-year safety didn’t impress in coverage, either. He allowed 2 receptions for 28 yards and a first down on the 4 targets thrown into his coverage. All 28 of those yards came on a reception Collins gave up to Kendrick Bourne, which represented the second-longest play of the game. On the very next play, Collins was flagged for a 2-yard defensive pass interference against George Kittle. He also dropped what should’ve been his first interception since 2017 on a pass tipped in the air by Kittle.
Collins’ season-worst 45.9 PFF grade for this performance ranked fourth-worst among all players in the game.
Montae Nicholson- Nicholson made his lone tackle of the day after a 49er reception that gained 28 yards on the second play of the third quarter. Unfortunately, he suffered an ankle injury on the play that knocked him out of the game. His 31 defensive snaps played was a new season low.
He also scored a pass defense on a pass thrown to George Kittle before exiting. He’s racked up more PDs so far this season (4) than he did between his first two years in the league combined (3).
Nicholson was seen wearing a walking boot and didn’t practice all week, which means he is probably a longshot to suit up on Thursday night.
Troy Apke- Nicholson’s injury opened the door for Troy Apke, who played on defense for the first time in his career last week, to get some extended run in this one. The second-year free safety did not disappoint.
He played 35 snaps (55%), made more solo (5) and total tackles (6) than any defensive back in the game and recorded the only interception. He made the pick on a 4th-and-4 play that started from the Washington 36-yard line and ended with him catching the ball at the 14 and returning it 33 yards out to the 47.
That yardage total gave him the longest defensive return (interception or fumble recovery) by a Redskins player since Josh Norman’s 40-yard INT return in Week 13 of last season. The only other Washington return that was longer in the last three years was Bashaud Breeland’s 96-yard pick six against the Chargers in Week 14 of the 2017 season.
Apke’s 86.6 PFF grade ranked second on the team and third among all players in the game.
Deshazor Everett- The veteran safety was forced to sit out for the second consecutive week because of a sprained ankle and will miss this coming week’s game, as well. Everett will now have missed more games this year (3) than he has since the start of the 2016 season combined (2).
Jeremy Reaves- Reaves was limited to just a single snap a week after making a tackle on both of the 2 snaps he played against the Dolphins. I thought the coaches might want to play a guy who does something like that more often and not less, but what do I know.
ALL DEFENSIVE PLAYERS
|All Defensive Players (25 Players)|
|Player (* - starter)||Snaps||Snap %||Player (* - starter)||Snaps||Snap %|
|Jon Bostic *||64||100%||Shaun Dion Hamilton||25||39%|
|Landon Collins *||64||100%||Ryan Anderson||20||31%|
|Quinton Dunbar *||64||100%||Tim Settle||10||16%|
|Fabian Moreau *||63||98%||Simeon Thomas||6||9%|
|Ryan Kerrigan *||57||89%||Noah Spence||5||8%|
|Daron Payne *||54||84%||Jeremy Reaves||1||2%|
|Jonathan Allen *||52||81%||Alvin Colvin||ST Only||0%|
|Matt Ioannidis *||45||70%||Treyvon Hester||ST Only||0%|
|Montez Sweat *||44||69%||Tanner Vallejo||ST Only||0%|
|Troy Apke||35||55%||Deshazor Everett||Inactive||N/A|
|Jimmy Moreland||35||55%||Josh Harvey-Clemons||Inactive||N/A|
|Montae Nicholson *||31||48%||Josh Norman||Inactive||N/A|
|Cole Holcomb *||29||45%|
|Special Teams Players (29 Players)|
|Player||Snaps||Snap %||Player||Snaps||Snap %|
|Jeremy Reaves||15||94%||Treyvon Hester||5||31%|
|Shaun Dion Hamilton||14||88%||Nick Sundberg||5||31%|
|Troy Apke||13||81%||Montez Sweat||5||31%|
|Cole Holcomb||13||81%||Tress Way||5||31%|
|Simeon Thomas||11||69%||Steven Sims||4||25%|
|Ryan Anderson||10||62%||Dustin Hopkins||2||12%|
|Michael Burton||10||62%||Trey Quinn||2||12%|
|Tanner Vallejo||10||62%||Tony Bergstrom||1||6%|
|Jeremey Sprinkle||9||56%||Geron Christian||1||6%|
|Kelvin Harmon||7||44%||Aaron Colvin||1||6%|
|Matt Ioannidis||6||38%||Ereck Flowers||1||6%|
|Jimmy Moreland||6||38%||Morgan Moses||1||6%|
|Craig Reynolds||6||38%||Ross Pierschbacher||1||6%|
|Tim Settle||6||38%||Noah Spence||1||6%|
Snaps- Washington’s special teams were on the field for a season-low 16 snaps. Jeremy Reaves was out there for all but one of those plays and led the club in special snaps (15). Shaun Dion Hamilton (14), Troy Apke (13) and Cole Holcomb (13) were right behind him in terms of PT on Nate Kaczor’s unit.
Dustin Hopkins- Dustin Hopkins played just 2 snaps on Sunday, his lowest total since last year’s regular season finale against the Eagles (1 snap). The Redskins’ offense is so bad that he is A) not even getting the opportunity to attempt many field goals, and B) is not getting to kick the ball off much because the team rarely scores. His average of 5.4 snaps per game this season would be a career low by a margin of roughly 2.4 snaps.
Hop did actually get to attempt one field goal in the game, but he did not get the result he was hoping for. He missed a 39-yarder wide right at the end of the game’s opening drive. I do believe the poor conditions had something to do with his miss, but it should be noted that the kick was not even close to being good. The miss snapped his streak of 30 consecutive made field goals on tries from under 40 yards out.
Hopkins’ only kickoff went for a touchback at the start of the second half.
Tress Way- Tress Way punted the ball away four times for 198 yards (49.5-yard average) and 168 net yards (42.0-yard net average).
His first boot of the day was a very poor one. He kicked the ball 39 yards from the Washington 15 and watched as the ball was downed at the San Francisco 46-yard line. However, each of his other three punts traveled at least 51 yards and landed somewhere inside the 49ers’ 35-yard line.
He didn’t kick any touchbacks for the second straight week but he also didn’t pin the opposition’s offense inside the 20 once for just the third time in his last 41 games.
Kick Coverage- Cole Holcomb brought down Richie James at the 49er 23 after a punt return of 17 yards. Kelvin Harmon limited James to a 13-yarder that made it out to the 33-yard line. Troy Apke downed a punt at the San Francisco 46-yard line, as well.
Punt Returns- Trey Quinn was stopped for no gain at the Washington 10-yard line on the first and only punt he fielded in the game. Instead of running up and calling a fair catch at the 20, he sat back and watched as the 49ers’ downed their second and final punt at the 12-yard line.
The Redskins have not had a punt return of longer than 15 yards all season and rank 23rd in punt return yards per game (9.1).
Kickoff Returns- Steven Sims returned three of the four San Francisco kickoffs for a total of 63 yards and a 21.0-yard average, both of which were the team’s second-highest figures of the year. Those sound like some fairly decent numbers, but when you realize that he fielded those kicks at the 2, -2 and -2-yard lines and returned them for 17, 24 and 22 yards respectively, you realize he didn’t make it out past the 22-yard line on one of his returns.
In fact, only four of Sim’s 13 returns (31%) this year have set the offense up at or past the 25-yard line. The Redskins’ average starting field position on kickoffs he returns is 23.6 yards out from the end zone.
*All statistics are courtesy of ESPN, Football Outsiders, NBC Sports, NFL.com, NFL Gamebooks, Pro Football Focus, Pro Football Reference, Redskins.com, Sharp Football Stats and The Washington Post*
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