by Grant PaulsenBy Grant Paulsen

You don’t need to wear a pocket protector or get your head shoved into a toilet to be bullied. You can also sign a contract to play quarterback for the Washington Redskins.

Last year Washington’s passers were sacked 46 times. Only four teams yielded more sacks.

What’s worse is that only the Jacksonville Jaguars issued more quarterback hits than the Redskins did. Donovan McNabb and Rex Grossman were hit by defenders on 110 drop backs. Comparatively, Peyton Manning was touched on just 47 of his pass-attempts.

But it’s no secret that the Redskins have to do a better job in pass protection. What isn’t as known is how the team’s offensive line graded out in run-blocking.

NFL.COM now has a stats tab for offensive lines, and one of its features is a breakdown of the yards teams gain and lose while running in various directions.

The following is a breakdown of how the Redskins’ running game fared in 2010:

When running left:
*The Redskins gained 10+ yards on 22 rushes but were dropped for a loss on 23 attempts.

When rushing center:
*The Redskins gained 10+ yards on 10 rushes and were dropped for a loss on just five times.

When rushing right:
*The Redskins gained 10+ yards on 22 rushes but were dropped for a loss on 20 attempts.

Short yardage situations:
*Before you conclude that the Redskins were a better team when running right than they were when running left, take a peek at these telling numbers.

NFL.COM provided percentages of successful converted runs on ‘power’ downs. A power down is defined as a rushing attempt on 3rd or 4th down with two or fewer yards to go that achieved a first down or touchdown. This also includes carries  on first and second and goal from the opponents’ two-yard line or closer.

The Redskins converted on 57 percent of power runs to the left compared to just 14 percent when faced with short-yardage situations when running right.


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