Posted October 12, 2012 on AP on Fox
The Washington Redskins have no single answer to why they're last in the league when it comes to converting on third down. Teams with poor third-down conversion percentages often explain the problem comes from not gaining enough yards on first and second down to set up short third-down tries. But it's not so simple for the Redskins. They rank last in the NFL, converting just 23.3 percent of their third downs (14 of 60). ''I don't think it's ever one thing in particular,'' Washington offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said. ''It's a little different thing each week.'' The Redskins are a combined 0 for 9 on third-and-2 and third-and-3. The league average conversion rate in those situations is 47 percent. Shanahan said his philosophy on third-and-2 or third-and-3 depends on the opponent. Washington has converted both its third-and-1 attempts, but no team has faced fewer third-and-1s this season. League-wide, teams are converting...
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