A Redskins Preseason Stat That Jumps Out at You

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One of the more interesting statistics to come out of the Redskins’ preseason is this: 1:27.

Any idea what it represents?

It’s the total time the Redskins trailed in their four games. For the record, they were behind for the last 27 seconds of the loss to the Ravens (after Tyrod Taylor threw the winning touchdown pass to Brandon Jones) and for a full minute late in the win over the Bucs (at which point which Kellen Clemens saved the day with a 41-yard TD strike to Donte Stallworth).

That’s it. The rest of the time, the Redskins were either ahead or tied. In other words, they were very good at jumping out to leads – and, for the most part, holding them.

I bring this up only because it would have been nice to see Rex Grossman and John Beck, the two quarterback contestants, under the gun a little more. Especially Beck, who has essentially been an onlooker in the NFL since he was a rookie in 2007. I, for one, would like to know how he’d handle situations like that – having to come from behind, etc.

They say the thing that matters most about any QB is whether he can take you down the field late in the game – when you’ve gotta have it. And the thing that matters second-most, maybe, is whether he can bring you back from a sizable deficit, with the defense rushing like demons (and paying only lip service to the run).

Beck was never exposed to any of that. He – and Grossman, too – played under almost ideal conditions for a quarterback, almost laboratory conditions. For me, it was a little too hermetic, not that either could do much about it. I mean, the scoreboard says what the scoreboard says. (And besides, they helped build those leads.)

Still, does anybody think that, in the first four games of the regular season, the Redskins will trail for only 1:27? They had a fine preseason, no question, but there was something a little unreal about it.

 

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Dan Daly

Dan Daly

Dan Daly has been writing about sports for the Washington Times since 1982. He has won numerous national and local awards, appears regularly in NFL Films’ historical features and is the co-author of "The Pro Football Chronicle,” a decade-by-decade history of the game. Follow Dan on Twitter at @dandalyonsports –- or e-mail him at ddaly@washingtontimes.com.

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