Redskins are holding on to the ball this year

Redskins are holding on to the ball this year
November 22, 2012, 11:15 am
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The Redskins have become much better at a very important aspect of football—holding on to the football.

Last year they turned the ball over 35 times. As is usually the case with most teams, the quarterback position was responsible for the lion’s share of the giveaways. Rex Grossman threw 20 interceptions in 13 games while John Beck was picked off four times in three-plus games. Grossman lost five fumbles for a total of 25 turnovers while Beck lost one for a total of five.

The rest of the team managed to hold on to the ball pretty well. Roy Helu Jr. lost two fumbles while Jabar Gaffney, Terrence Austin, and Fred Davis lost one each.

The turnovers did not come in bunches, they were spread out over the season. The Redskins tied a record by having at least one turnover in every game they played.

(I had a Twitter exchange with @redskinfootpaul. He said it felt like there was a turnover every half. I checked the records and found that he wasn’t quite right. Of the 32 halves of football the Redskins played in 2011, they went turnover free in seven of them.)

This year it is a different story. Through 10 games, the Redskins have nine giveaways. On their current pace they will finish he year with 14 or 15 turnovers.

Quarterback Robert Griffin III is responsible for most of the turnovers. He has thrown three interceptions and lost two fumbles. The other giveaways came on two Kirk Cousins interceptions and lost fumbles by Alfred Morris and Santana Moss.

A good chunk of the Redskins’ turnovers this year came in one half. Four came in the second half of the game against the Giants.

They have had five turnover-free games, including the last three in a row.