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The Redskins didn’t do much right defensively in 2010. Amidst a tricky transition to the 3-4 defense, the unit finished the season ranked 31st. The change in philosophy was made more difficult by the lack of true 3-4 personnel, and so naturally Mike Shanahan made wholesale changes during the offseason.
It started in the draft when Shanahan passed on several quarterbacks and selected Ryan Kerrigan to bolster the NFL’s 25th ranked pass rush.
The Redskins envisioned him forming a solid outside linebacker tandem with Brian Orakpo, and thus far it’s been effective as the two have combined for 14.5 sacks and 73 quarterback pressures through 14 games.
Kerrigan himself leads the team in sacks with 7.5 and has 48.5 combined quarterback hits, pressures and sacks, putting him in the upper echelon of rookie pass rushers. Only two other rookies -- Von Miller (58.5) and Aldon Smith (55) -- have higher totals.
Kerrigan also has four forced fumbles, leads all rookie linebackers in passes defensed ...
BEST OF MAXIM
Clinton Portis’s many media appearances this week didn’t lead to any definitive statement on his football future. He sure seems done, but you kind of expect that he’ll come out and say it at some point.
The closest he came, that I saw, came in his Web chat for ESPN.com, and it went like this:
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Earlier this week, a unique fan creation showed up at Redskins Park in the form of a Redskins-themed championship belt. And why not?
The belt comes to Ashburn from James Makle, a firefighter from Prince George’s County, who made the belt for himself a few years ago. As he stated in his accompanying letter, he was sending the letter to the team so that...
There are still two games remaining, but linebacker Brian Orakpo may see his sack numbers dip for the second year in a row. Orakpo had 11 as a rookie in 2009, 8.5 last year and has 7 through 14 games this season.
Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett said despite that stat, Orakpo is still improving as a football player.
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Fan voting for the Pro Bowl has come to a close, and the coaches and player votes will be cast this week. Each of the three tallies count as one third of the final outcome, and the Pro Bowl rosters will be announced next Tuesday.
Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan on Tuesday said that although he may not have led the fan votes, special teams captain Lorenzo Alexander deserves...
Roy Helu has been limited in practice all week but said Thursday he now feels “really good.”
The rookie running back suffered injuries last weekend to his toe and knee, according to the injury report, and Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan said it affected him in the game against the Giants. Helu he was tackled awkwardly Sunday and felt a lot of pain earlier in the week.
Washington Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett and his defensive backs have said all season that interceptions come in bunches and if they continued to do their jobs effectively, eventually they would experience a breakthrough.
The Redskins finally had that day last week against the New York Giants, when they intercepted Eli Manning a season’s-best three times. Cornerbacks...
The Washington Redskins have listed starting running back Roy Helu and starting right tackle Jammal Brown as questionable for their game Saturday against the Minnesota Vikings.
Helu, hampered by knee and toe injuries, and Brown, who has missed the last two games because of a strained groin, were limited in practice this week. Both players have said they are hopeful that they can...
It’s hard to believe that only a few short weeks ago, the Redskins media was considering the possibility of a 3-13 finish. It’s even crazier to consider that this team was once sitting at 3-1.
With each win and loss, the media has micro-analyzed the direction of this team, and we’re left with power rankings that reflect whatever the current mood may be. In the...
1. How will Roy Helu's injuries affect his impact? The rookie running back appeared on the injury report this week after totaling 116 touches in the last four games. Knee and toe injuries slowed him against the Giants last Sunday. The Redskins could limit his carries and give Evan Royster ...
Washington Redskins quarterback Rex Grossman has given the ball away 22 times -- 18
interceptions and four lost fumbles -- which ties him for the NFL
lead with Philip Rivers of the San Diego Chargers.
ANALYSIS/OPINION: A review of the best and worst performances by the Washington Redskins' offense and some observations after re-watching the TV broadcast of their 23-10 win over the New York Giants. GAME BALLS RG CHRIS CHESTER: Chester led a solid performance by the offensive line. It was inconsistent — breakdowns ...
Series: Redskins lead 11-9
Last Meeting(s): When Minnesota beat Washington 17-13 last season, then-interim head coach Leslie Frazier (coaching his first game) should have taken away only one thing: Donovan McNabb has become a very ineffective quarterback. McNabb was 21-35 with a touchdown and an interception, but the Redskins had numerous easy third down-conversions fall to the ground...