Redskins’ use of play-action frequent, successful

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.

33 responses to “Redskins’ use of play-action frequent, successful

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

  2. 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…

  3. 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.

  4. 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?

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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!!!

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  12. 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.

  13. 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

  14. 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.

  15. 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!!!

  16. 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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