The Washington Times - October 16, 2012, 09:21AM

The Redskins have won each of the last four coin tosses and each time have deferred their choice until the second half. It’s a departure from coach Mike Shanahan’s past strategy.

“I’ve always taken the ball in the past,” Shanahan said. “This year, I’ve [deferred] because I saw a percentage I hadn’t seen before – that people that defer win well over 60 percent. I said, ‘Hey, that’s an interesting stat. Why not go with the percentages?’


“I kind of like it, too. Coming out at halftime and having a chance to get the ball first kind of fires up the team at halftime. I know when we get the ball, we have a chance to go the distance.”

Washington has scored touchdowns on two of the four second-half-opening drives after deferring. The other two ended with punts.

The Redskins began the second half Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings with a 10-play, 72-yard touchdown drive that gave them a 24-9 lead.

The Redskins have won four of out six coin tosses overall. They are 2-2 in those four.