5. Third Down Conversion Percentage – The Redskins are 26th in the NFL in converting on third down at 32%. In order to turn things around the offense needs to sustain drives better. So they will need a higher percentage than that moving forward.
4. First half Passing Efficiency – As I pointed out in a recent post, Robert Griffin III’s first half QB rating is much lower than last season. With him not getting as many reps in the off-season and work in the preseason due to rehabbing his injury, he needs more reps to get back up to speed and in sync with the receivers.
3. Improved Deep Passing – The Redskins have only had 8 plays of longer than 20 yards passing. In contrast, their opponents have had 19, so the Redskins 8 is less than half of that. So far TE Logan Paulsen is leading the team with 13.8 yards a catch, so that’s good news for Paulsen, but bad news that a backup TE leads in that category.
2. Get more out of the Running Game – With the team being behind so much late in games, the running game has had to be put on the back burner in order for the offense to try to mount come backs. Also with RGIII running less this season, that has also affected the running game. The Redskins rushing offense was number one in the NFL in 2012, but so far in 2013 they are ranked 16th.
1. First half Offensive Game Planning – The Redskins have started slowly on offense in each of their first four games, so it’s much more than a coincidence. Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan needs to find a way to get the offense going earlier in games. He used a no-huddle / hurry up attack with success at times against the Raiders. Maybe that’s something that needs to be used more to get the offense rolling.