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Morning Manny: Inside The Numbers Of The Redskins Passing Attack

Stats show that the Redskins are a between-the-numbers passing offense.

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' passing offense is most successful throwing between-the-numbers:

Statistics say that not only do the Redskins rarely throw deep, but when they do, they haven't been good at it this season. This should come as no surprise to fans who have watched the team through seven games this season. But what they do the most and are most successful at is throwing in the middle of the field. 

The Redskins have a tendency to throw the ball short right and short middle. The team's 91 short right passes this season ranks 6th in the NFL. But they've been most successful throwing short middle. The Redskins have thrown short middle 70 times this season which is the second most in the NFL. Their 9..29 average gain short middle ranks third in the NFL, while a 81.43% completion percentage ranks second. Quarterback Kirk Cousins is best and most comfortable throwing inside the numbers. But you could also attribute their tendency to throw short middle because of their man-coverage beaters Jordan Reed and Jamison Crowder

When it comes to throwing deep, the Redskins haven't done it with much success this season. The team has thrown deep left 16 times (NFL rank: 16) and deep right (NFL rank: 20) while their 11 deep middle throws ranks 9th in the league. Ironically, they have been most successful throwing deep left. The team's 56.25% throwing deep left ranks 4th in the NFL. While they rank 21st and 25th throwing deep middle (45.45%) and deep right (26.67%). 

So if you think the Redskins don't throw deep enough, it's probably because it's not their strength. Specifically speaking, it's not their Quarterback's strength. The team does have one of the greatest deep threats in NFL history -- WR DeSean Jackson. However, I think Cousins has been reluctant to focus on the deep ball game because they are not high percentage passes for him. 

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