The Washington Redskins last Sunday dominated in their 41-10 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars at FedExField. A big part of that attack was the Redskins’ defense, which tied a team record with 10 sacks in the game.
With so many sacks in one game, it can often be confusing at that exact moment for an official scorer to determine who should — and who shouldn’t — be credited with the play. So oftentimes, teams will contact the league and Elias Sports Bureau throughout the next week to clear that up.
Elias then typically meets with the league office to review certain plays.
That’s what happened this week for the Redskins, who got some clarity on a few plays from Elias researchers.
For the game, outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan has been officially credited with four sacks (tying a team record), defensive end Jason Hatcher has been credited with 2.5 sacks, middle linebacker Perry Riley and defensive end Frank Kearse have each been credited with a sack apiece, while inside linebacker Keenan Robinson, safety Ryan Clark and outside linebacker Brian Orakpo have been given a half-sack.
Elias has offered explanations for these plays, specifically:
- 12:37, 1st Quarter: We are splitting the sack between Orakpo and Hatcher (Orakpo originally got credit for the full sack). Hatcher had a hold of QB first by the jersey, but Orakpo came in and helped finish him off. Without Orakpo’s efforts, we feel QB still may have had a chance to make a play.
- 13:27, 2nd Quarter: We are giving the full sack to Hatcher.
- 4:37, 3rd Quarter: This remains a split sack for Clark and Robinson. Clark got to QB first, had a hold of him, but it was the lower half of body and QB was not going down and may have a chance to get rid of the ball until Robinson finished him off. Didn’t feel the official scorer was off base with the way it was originally scored.
Tags: Brian Orakpo, Elias, Frank Kearse, Jacksonville Jaguars, jason hatcher, Keenan Robinson, perry riley, Ryan Clark, ryan kerrigan, sacks, washington redskins
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