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CSNWashington: Redskins Rewind: Week 4 Playing Time (Crunching the Numbers)


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Ryan O'Halloran

Redskins Insider

Tuesday, October 4, 2011, 11:01 a.m.

Playing time totals, observations and opinions from the Redskins’ 17-10 win over the St. Louis Rams on Sunday:

OFFENSE (67 snaps)

RB: Ryan Torain 30, Tim Hightower 26, Roy Helu 9, Mike Sellers 3.

TE: Fred Davis 61, Chris Cooley 50, Logan Paulsen 8.

WR: Santana Moss 53, Jabar Gaffney 43, Donte’ Stallworth 25, Niles Paul 22, Terrence Austin 5.

* QB Rex Grossman, LT Trent Williams, LG Kory Lichtensteiger, C Will Montgomery, RG Chris Chester and RT Jammal Brown played every snap for the fourth straight game.

Analysis Of Playing Time

RB: Torain had yet to play an offensive snap this season before he entered the game in the second quarter. He scored on his third play (second carry). … Torain took away snaps from Helu, who had played 26 in each of the last two games.

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I like the analysis parts a lot as well. Good stuff. Example:

Overall Analysis: Kyle Shanahan used play action and put Grossman on the move from the outset. Grossman had 5.16 seconds on the first play before throwing 13 yards to Moss and 5.13 seconds on the second play before scrambling for a 2-yard gain. … Mike Shanahan was in no-man’s land to end the first drive – fourth-and-4 from the Rams 39 and lined up to go for it, but Brown’s false start forced a punt. …

On the first scoring drive, Davis pulled off the hat trick in a span of just four plays. He got beat twice in the run game on stretch plays to the left and once on a stretch to the right. The three rushes combined for a gain of 4 yards. … Grossman was on-point with third down throws to Gaffney (20 and 17 yards) to keep the scoring drive alive. … Nice job by Grossman and Moss on the 6-yard TD pass. Rams S Craig Dahl blitzed through the LT-LG gap unblocked (seven-man rush vs. six-man protection) but Grossman lofted a pass at the 1.28-second mark that Moss caught and was aware enough to tip-toe for the score. …

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Interesting breakdown. It sounds like Davis still has quite a bit of work to do in the run game if he wants to before more than just a pass catcher. The timing of plays is particularly interesting. I like to see that Red was able to get the ball out in under two seconds to beat this blitz, even more impressive that it was a scoring play. That's something we haven't seen much of in the decade plus I've been an avid fan.

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