Suffice to say, the “hits” keep on coming for the much-maligned (and rightfully so) defense of the Washington Redskins.
According to the Twitter account “NFL Matchup on ESPN,” through Week 3 of the 2019 NFL seaosn, the Redskins are allowing opposing quarterbacks a collective passer rating of 144.0, which is worst in the NFL.
Through Week 3 of the @NFL, here are the top 3rd down defenses VS pass: #GoPats #Bears100 #GoBills #Titans #DallasCowboys #Seahawks #GoPackGo #OnePride #SeizeTheDEY #RavensFlock @gregcosell | @MattBowen41 pic.twitter.com/GrHf24VHaP
— NFL Matchup on ESPN (@NFLMatchup) September 24, 2019
This shouldn’t really come as much of a surprise to anyone who’s either watched this team this season, or for anytime under the Greg Manusky tenure, really. Last year, the Redskins were ranked 29th in opposing 3rd down conversion percentage, allowing opponents to convert just under 44% of the time in 3rd down situations.
If you’re looking for some type of “bright spot” in all of this, the Redskins defense is actually ranked 27th in FootballOutsiders.com’s team defense Defense-adjusted Value Over Average (DVOA) metric, including a #27 ranking in passing defense DVOA.
So, I guess there’s at least one area where this Redskins defense isn’t among the very worst units in the NFL.
Fans of the Redskins are practically frothing at the mouth for the team to dismiss Manusky, given the way the defense has been thoroughly embarrassed for three straight weeks. Unfortunately, Jay Gruden stated that no coaching changes would take place this week, meaning Manusky continues to be safe in his position (at least for now). We’ve seen this movie before, with Gruden showing the same level of stubbornness before dismissing former defensive coordinator Joe Barry.
Of course, if — or when? — Gruden is dismissed at the end of the season, if not before, this might all be for moot anyway.