Manny Benton often tweets random thoughts regarding the Washington Redskins at random times of the day that typically bring interesting dialog. Now from Monday through Thursday at around 9 a.m., you can find those Twitter-sized thoughts in "Morning Manny." Complete with explanations!
The Redskins are still failing to capitalize on turnovers and momentum swings
The Redskins have had four turnovers on defense this season, excluding the Su'a Cravens walk-off interception, and the offense has yet to capitalize with a touchdown. Not to mention, special teams had two big plays against the New York Giants last Sunday, yet Washington's offense threw ice on the momentum swings. This has to change as it's been an issue for the past two seasons now.
Turnovers are precious gifts to an offense. It gives them momentum and most times good field position. But what's the point if you're only going to score field goals? Part of the issue may be that the Redskins have a tendency to play-it-safe after turnovers. They tend to call runs or short passes instead of taking shots downfield.
For example, after WR/PR Jamison Crowder returned a punt for 50 yards, Washington's offense lined up at the 36 yard line and called two consecutive runs. They ended up settling for a field goal. A similar sequence of events happened after the successful fake punt. Washington ran the ball immediately after the 31 yard pass from punter Tress Way to CB Quinton Dunbar. They again ended up settling for a field goal.
What Washington tends to do is pretty much throw ice on fire. They are killers of their own momentum. With the explosive weapons they possess on offense, one would think they'd be a bit arrogant and use them after making a big play. The Redskins have to stop playing it safe and take advantage of momentum swings.
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