Through the first two games of the season, the Redskins offense has controlled the ball more than any other team in the NFL, averaging 35:33 per game. This is good for eight seconds longer than the Texans, and more than a minute better than the Lions in third.
Quarterback Rex Grossman explained how the increased time of possession allows for more creative play-call, by getting deeper into the playbook.
“It’s definitely a good thing when you’ve got time of possession because you can get deep into your game plan,” he said. “We need to finish those drive, but by holding the ball, the Cardinals didn’t get on the field, which they probably would’ve liked.”
The deeper the offense can go into a game plan, the more exciting the plays get. Time on the field allows those plays to be called.
“Sometimes you just don’t have enough plays to get to some really good plays that are really big gains,” Grossman said. “It’s a huge advantage to be able to go through your gameplan. If you have 80-some, 90-some plays in your gameplan, y’know, you like all of them and you want to call them all. It’s a good thing.”
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