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Redskins’ use of play-action frequent, successful

Robert Griffin III AP

When executed well, the play-action pass can leave even the toughest, well-schooled defense looking a step slow and shaky.

According to FootballOutsiders.com, no NFL team in 2012 utilized play-action more — and better — than the Redskins. Washington, which used play-action on 42 percent of its plays, posted an NFL-best defense-adjusted value over average (DVOA) rating when faking the run and throwing the ball. DVOA measures how a team fares relative to the league average in certain situations and considers numerous factors, including the quality of opposition.

The Redskins’ play-action offense was likely helped by numerous factors, with a mobile, accurate, strong-armed quarterback in Robert Griffin III one major reason Washington’s play-fakes vexed the opposition. Moreover, Washington has a robust running game that very much needed to be respected.

Dallas, one of Washington’s NFC East rivals, ran play-action a league-low 11 percent of the time in 2012, per Football Outsiders. However, the Cowboys were better-than-average when passing off the run-fake.

For the record, the Jets were the league’s worst team at throwing off play-action in 2012, per DVOA.

Sigh.

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33 Responses to “Redskins’ use of play-action frequent, successful”
  1. skinsfan91 says: Jun 20, 2013 1:11 PM

    It’s good to be a skins fan.

  2. peytonsneckl8 says: Jun 20, 2013 1:13 PM

    Of course. HTTR

  3. cowpiesnotcowboys says: Jun 20, 2013 1:19 PM

    “Faking the pass and throwing the ball” — you mean like Romo does in key situations, throwing the ball to the defensive backs?

  4. walkinginthewasteland says: Jun 20, 2013 1:24 PM

    Hey Wilkening! Play-Action is faking the run and passing the ball, not faking the pass and passing the ball.

  5. ozymandias121 says: Jun 20, 2013 1:27 PM

    It’s nice too see a media outlet who is in their knees with this team admitting the RedSKINS gimmick offense.

  6. thefox61 says: Jun 20, 2013 1:29 PM

    The Redskins ARE the best fake passing team in the league

  7. skinsfanwill says: Jun 20, 2013 1:32 PM

    That play action stopped everyone from calling RG3 “Bob”. Shut em up real fast. At least he earned his keep and his paycheck.

  8. iismathias3 says: Jun 20, 2013 1:38 PM

    Is faking the pass and throwing the ball the new term for pump fake?

  9. jasonandrew76 says: Jun 20, 2013 1:40 PM

    How can you write this article and not mention Mike Shanahan’s name a single time? They dont run play action because of Robert Griffin. They run play-action because of Mike Shanahan. PERIOD. Same as when he was in Denver with Elway, Griese,Plummer and Cutler as QB’s and a “robust” run game as you mention. Wherever Shanny may be coaching, Id put my money on that team leading the league in play-action with Houston (Kubiak, Shanny desciple) always in the running…

  10. robskins10 says: Jun 20, 2013 1:42 PM

    Wait a minute, I thought our offense exposed him to all kinds of unnecessary hits…which is it?

  11. channer81 says: Jun 20, 2013 1:45 PM

    Who was the Jets RB last season anyway?? I bet they even have to look it up.

  12. steelerben says: Jun 20, 2013 1:46 PM

    I would think the Jets being dead last in the league in play action passing would have something to do with teams having no respect for their running game, the fact that there wasn’t a receiving threat of any significance once Holmes went down, and the revolving door at the QB position.

    Oh yeah, and buttfumble.

  13. cash804 says: Jun 20, 2013 1:55 PM

    Hail to the reigning Offensive Rookie of the Year, to the defending NFC Champions & 3 Time Super Bowl Champions!

  14. ColtsWinColtsWin!! says: Jun 20, 2013 2:03 PM

    The Redskins are a terrible team, do they even have a quarterback this year? How can they be the NFC champions if they did not make it to the championship game cash804? Do you even watch football? Or did you just by the Jersey cause thats what the other kids be wearing?

  15. bryantrulen says: Jun 20, 2013 2:05 PM

    The Jets being the WORST at Throwing off Play Action? Makes Perfect Sense, they had an OC (Sporano) Who loves to run the ball, however did not have the slightest clue how to marry deception, protection and route combinations as well as formation tweaks to generate the needed yardage off of Play Pass, Shannahan’s are masterful at that

  16. Mike Wilkening says: Jun 20, 2013 2:17 PM

    The play-action reference to faking the pass and then passing has been fixed. Would like to see those stats too. Thank you for the comments. — Mike

  17. larrydavid7000 says: Jun 20, 2013 2:32 PM

    I enjoyed watching last season and this season and beyond how the Redskins may all 31 teams defenses look so SILLY. Play after Play. LOL LOL LOL all the way to a SB Victory come this Feb. 2 2014.

  18. harrypairotestes says: Jun 20, 2013 2:39 PM

    thefox61 says:
    Jun 20, 2013 1:29 PM

    The Redskins ARE the best fake passing team in the league

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    The Redskins ARE the best fake team in the league

  19. nyg201 says: Jun 20, 2013 3:04 PM

    Why is there news about the Redskins the whole team is garbage.

  20. cash804 says: Jun 20, 2013 3:12 PM

    We own NY…quit trolling scrubs.

    HTTR!!!

  21. thefox61 says: Jun 20, 2013 3:33 PM

    Jun 20, 2013 2:39 PM
    thefox61 says:
    Jun 20, 2013 1:29 PM

    The Redskins ARE the best fake passing team in the league

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    The Redskins ARE the best fake team in the league

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    I stand corrected

  22. b3nz0z says: Jun 20, 2013 3:38 PM

    alfred morris and the o line deserve some of the credit

  23. mmskin says: Jun 20, 2013 3:45 PM

    Thank al Morris

  24. GenXJay says: Jun 20, 2013 4:37 PM

    Do you mean the Redtails?

  25. harrypairotestes says: Jun 20, 2013 5:46 PM

    cash804 says:
    Jun 20, 2013 3:12 PM

    We own NY…quit trolling scrubs.

    HTTR!!!

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    YES, just like you OWN the NFC East…. BASEMENT!!!

  26. skinsfan91 says: Jun 20, 2013 6:08 PM

    We do own the NFCEAST. NFCEAST champs 2012-13. Soon to be 13-14.

  27. modhairken says: Jun 20, 2013 6:37 PM

    Redskins. Redskins. Redskins. Redskins. Redskins. Redskins. Redskins. Redskins. Redskins. Redskins.Redskins. Redskins. Redskins. Redskins. Redskins.Redskins. Redskins. Redskins. Redskins. Redskins.Redskins. Redskins. Redskins. Redskins. Redskins.Redskins. Redskins. Redskins. Redskins. Redskins.Redskins. Redskins. Redskins. Redskins. Redskins.Redskins. Redskins. Redskins. Redskins. Redskins.Redskins. Redskins. Redskins. Redskins. Redskins.Redskins. Redskins. Redskins. Redskins. Redskins.Redskins. Redskins. Redskins. Redskins. Redskins.Redskins. Redskins. Redskins. Redskins. Redskins.Redskins. Redskins. Redskins. Redskins. Redskins.

  28. redskinfansince82 says: Jun 20, 2013 7:49 PM

    To sum up the article………Basically you bamas can’t stop us! pahahaha!!!! HTTR

  29. evonitemare84 says: Jun 20, 2013 7:54 PM

    Wow Redskins fans acting like they won the Super Bowl lol. Yeah keep running the play action that way I can Watch RG3 re-injure himself again. Sad how Redskins fans would encourage repeated plays and force RG3 to the point where he has to keep running with the ball and get injured. Wow you barely won the NFC East and didnt even dominate the division. 3 time super bowl champs ha ha ha ha!!!! thats funny!!!! oh and thanks for representing the NFC East against Seattle you made the division look like crap. freak’n fourskins.

  30. lawndart says: Jun 20, 2013 8:28 PM

    I’ve lived around silly edskin fans all my life, their mainly drunken NASCAR fans who only start watching “their ” team when they’ve won a few games. Once they lose a game or three “Snyder sucks” is their chant. now back to watching cars speed around a circle

  31. Dream_Machine says: Jun 20, 2013 8:58 PM

    Last game of the 2012 regular season… I haven’t seen Demarcus Ware miss so bad, it was just hard watching a future HOF get schooled on the football field by a couple of rookies.

  32. harrypairotestes says: Jun 21, 2013 3:43 PM

    skinsfan91 says:
    Jun 20, 2013 6:08 PM

    We do own the NFCEAST. NFCEAST champs 2012-13. Soon to be 13-14.

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    Hahaha…. hilarious, you jokers are always good for a laugh. Thanks, I needed that.

    You guys sure do a lot of talking for a team who haven’t won a playoff game since ’06, have a starting QB coming off injury, and are still trying to figure out what their name will be when the season opens.

    Yeah, talk all that you own the Giants and the NFC East. We’ll be the ones doing the laughing when the skins fail….. AGAIN!!!

    Hahahaha…. NFC East Champs…. more like NFC East CHUMPS!!!

  33. harrypairotestes says: Jun 21, 2013 3:50 PM

    evonitemare84 says:
    Jun 20, 2013 7:54 PM

    Wow Redskins fans acting like they won the Super Bowl lol. Yeah keep running the play action that way I can Watch RG3 re-injure himself again. Sad how Redskins fans would encourage repeated plays and force RG3 to the point where he has to keep running with the ball and get injured. Wow you barely won the NFC East and didnt even dominate the division. 3 time super bowl champs ha ha ha ha!!!! thats funny!!!! oh and thanks for representing the NFC East against Seattle you made the division look like crap. freak’n fourskins.

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    That was funny!!!

    You know what, you are absolutely right. If anybody owns anybody, it is the Seattle Seahawks owning the skins.

    If by some miracle the skins make it to the playoffs sometime in the future, I sure would not want to face the Seahawks. They have ended the skins playoff dreams the last three times they went to the playoffs.

    Wow, no wonder skin fans are bitter when their supposed “savior” QB was beaten out by that little dude from Seattle. I would be too!

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