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Reed Doughty on getting hit by LaRon Landry


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Reed Doughty and LaRon Landry collided at least twice last Sunday. The second time likely kept Doughty from intercepting a Matt Schaub pass that could have preserved Washington's lead. The first time sent Doughty to the sidelines. I asked him what that felt like, absorbing the brunt of a LaRon Landry hit in the belly.

"Just like it does any time you get hit by a semi running through your stomach," he said. "I've never been hit like that before. I've had the wind knocked out of me, but that was an entirely different experience. I'm actually thankful he hit me where he did and not the spleen or the kidney or something, because that might have ended my career."

Then more reporters approached, and asked the same question.

"Square in the stomach," Doughty said, describing the hit. "And yeah, I know what somebody feels like if they're drowning, I'll tell you that. I could not breathe."

This seemed like an occasion to ask other Redskins about Landry's style, which has already caused Sports Illustrated's Peter King to mention the safety as a defensive MVP candidate.

"LaRon is crazy out there, man," Brian Orakpo said. "He a wild man. When you know he's coming, it's like a bullet hitting you in your gut."

"Having to block him is damn near the same thing," wide receiver Anthony Armstrong said. "You get little stingers, you feel a little woozy."

"I mean, he just comes with reckless abandonment," Byron Westbrook said. "I can just imagine it hurting."

"An unguided missile," defensive coordinator Jim Haslett said.

"Man, that joker's physical," Artis Hicks said. "His rookie year, I was watching a Monday night game, Redskins vs. the Eagles, he came and killed a receiver on a crossing route. I said man, that guy is nice. He's a punishing tackler."

"Whenever you're around guys like that, you have to insert yourself more, because if you wait and hesitate a little bit, he's coming, so you're liable to get hit," Phillip Buchanan said. "I mean, there's gonna be some real serious violence, I know that. We just need him to hit the quarterback a little more often, that's it."

Which means less hits on his teammates, I suppose. On the fourth-quarter would-be interception, he said the ball was moving too quickly for either player to call the other off, and that the crash "barely knocked the wind out of me." But he said the earlier smash-up was "absolutely" the hardest he's ever been hit at any level of football, that he had moved Andre Johnson out of the way "and in the process got myself into the sightlines."

"Honestly, I've never been hit like that," Doughty said. "We all know he can hit hard. You just hope he's not hitting you."


(By Ricky Carioti - TWP)

By Dan Steinberg  | September 22, 2010; 12:14 PM ET
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Comments

He needs to keep his head up and stop leading with his helment. That's how people, including himself, could get hurt. It also allows you to see when your teammate is in line to intercept a pass and to get out of his way....even if his name is Reed Doughty.

Posted by: fushezzi | September 22, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

LaRon is doing a phenomenal job.

Posted by: gsbrown16 | September 22, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

I thought he broke several of Reed's ribs on that one. The missed INT was neither player's fault. Imagine if Reed whiffed and Landry just stood there watching as Andre Johnson snatched it out of the air and walked into the end zone?

Regardless, I would like Landry to be at least cognizant of teammates making tackles, but continue to play the way he should have been playing the past two years. (Greg Blache SUCKS SUCKS SUCKS.)

Posted by: Section104 | September 22, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Reed Doughty wasn't about to intercept no late game pass that would help Washington Win. How many times in the last few years, including this year do we see Reed Doughty zero in to hit a Redskin player with no care where the ball or opponent is?

Posted by: CTaylor42 | September 22, 2010 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Reed Doughty wasn't about to intercept no late game pass that would help Washington Win. How many times in the last few years, including this year do we see Reed Doughty zero in to hit a Redskin player with no care where the ball or opponent is?

Posted by: CTaylor42 | September 22, 2010 5:45 PM | Report abuse

just imagine what it would have been like to have Laron and Sean Taylor still playing. Everyone, including the coaches would have their heads on a swivel

Posted by: poeticfire | September 22, 2010 5:52 PM | Report abuse

poeticfire- you were reading my mind. Taylor really knocked their ____s in the dirt. It would have been fun to watch.

Posted by: 1bmffwb | September 22, 2010 8:24 PM | Report abuse

the next bob sanders?

Posted by: joshisandeep2 | September 22, 2010 9:57 PM | Report abuse

Landry is a great hitter, but he's real stupid. It's too bad. You can still hit hard, but keep your helmet up and see what you're running into. You don't want to kill your own players, or break your own neck and you don't want to break up a chance for an int. Think Ronnie Lott. Hard hitter, smart player. Landry won't ever be that. That's why Sean Taylor was helping Landry with his reads and positioning for just that reason. Great talent, dumber than a box of hammers. Go bench 750 LaRon......

Posted by: Riggo2 | September 23, 2010 12:32 AM | Report abuse

Landry is a great hitter, but he's real stupid. It's too bad. You can still hit hard, but keep your helmet up and see what you're running into. You don't want to kill your own players, or break your own neck and you don't want to break up a chance for an int. Think Ronnie Lott. Hard hitter, smart player. Landry won't ever be that. That's why Sean Taylor was helping Landry with his reads and positioning for just that reason. Great talent, dumber than a box of hammers. Go bench 750 LaRon......

Posted by: Riggo2 | September 23, 2010 12:33 AM | Report abuse

Landry is a great hitter, but he's real stupid. It's too bad. You can still hit hard, but keep your helmet up and see what you're running into. You don't want to kill your own players, or break your own neck and you don't want to break up a chance for an int. Think Ronnie Lott. Hard hitter, smart player. Landry won't ever be that. That's why Sean Taylor was helping Landry with his reads and positioning for just that reason. Great talent, dumber than a box of hammers. Go bench 750 LaRon......

Posted by: Riggo2 | September 23, 2010 12:35 AM | Report abuse

The squad would probably be a lot better off if Landry would deliver punishing hits to the opposition, not his own teammates.

Posted by: randysbailin | September 23, 2010 3:00 AM | Report abuse

Reed Doughty wasn't about to intercept no late game pass that would help Washington Win. How many times in the last few years, including this year do we see Reed Doughty zero in to hit a Redskin player with no care where the ball or opponent is?
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Im sure Reed is a good dude but why has he gotten a free pass on the 4th down Schaub/Johnson TD? Reed is constantly getting burned on the deep ball, so why is he constantly in coverage? We have 4 safeties and one can presumably cover deep (Moore, and thats iffy to this point). I havent read one article about Reed getting posterized. There were a lot of chances to put that game away but none are more unexcusable than that.

Posted by: murphyz703 | September 23, 2010 6:03 AM | Report abuse

that's awesome Landry can hit his own guys because the only time he is hitting someone from another team is after they beat him on a pass play. even that scrawny white lit him up and he was on his knees pouting. he can't cover fat cooley in a phone booth.

Posted by: doyouktt | September 23, 2010 6:10 AM | Report abuse

Another cheap shot low helmet hitting dirty player. He leads with his helmet all the time and the league and you Sports writers let him get away with it. Then when someone or he gets hurt you'll all be on the Head-bangin' bandwagon.

Posted by: Dog-1 | September 23, 2010 6:57 AM | Report abuse

Hilarious comments above: A bunch of clowns who excel at nothing yelling "you're doing it wrong" to a guy who excels at something.

Posted by: mack1 | September 23, 2010 8:52 AM | Report abuse

this is just to try and let the rest of the nfl think this punk hits hard when it really the other way around like the rest of the pu*&ies on the team (what a joke)

Posted by: geg5100 | September 23, 2010 9:36 AM | Report abuse

this is just to try and let the rest of the nfl think this punk hits hard when it really the other way around like the rest of the pu*&ies on the team (what a joke)

Posted by: geg5100 | September 23, 2010 9:37 AM | Report abuse

Do not use the term "heat-seeking missile" to decribe LaRon Landry. I propose that we begin using a new metaphorical nomenclature for Landry:


Meat-Seeking Missile


Ouch. Too bad 21 can't be back there with him. That would spell pain, for sure.

Posted by: jboogie1 | September 23, 2010 10:01 AM | Report abuse

Landry's a joke...he never stops a play before it happens, he just makes the tackle way down field. Even worse, he gets up jawing at receivers after he tackles them after a 20-yard gain. All he can do is hit...big deal. Everyone on defense in the NFL can hit.

Posted by: jrosubs | September 23, 2010 10:06 AM | Report abuse

Can't wait for Landry to punish Vick/Kolb or whoever the flavor of the week is when they play Philly. If you can get in the QBs head on ONE HIT, it will be worth getting beat by the offense on a few blitzes.

Same for Romo and Manning.

Posted by: jboogie1 | September 23, 2010 10:09 AM | Report abuse

LaRon hits like a train. Doesn't cover that well, however. And in twenty years, after he's retired, who will hold the dribble bucket, cause he's going to be the poster child for brain injuries.

Posted by: 44fx2901 | September 23, 2010 10:27 AM | Report abuse

It's not my style to harp on this, but the decision to draft both Landry and Taylor was largely influenced by Gregg Williams.

Without Williams, I doubt the Redskins would have been in the playoffs twice during Coach Gibbs' second tenure.

Then, Cerrato ran Williams out of town. I'm really happy to see that he won a superbowl with New Orleans. He deserved better than what the Redskins organization offered him at the time.

Posted by: jboogie1 | September 23, 2010 10:29 AM | Report abuse

I can appreciate Landry's aggressiveness but, he needs to see what he's hitting. He's doing more harm to his teammates than the opposing team.

Posted by: carterm1 | September 23, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Reed shouldn't have been on the field with the way he plays. A lot of tackles because guys are always catching balls on him and if he stays , it will be a long season for the Skins. He reminds me of Barry Wilbon from years ago that was a TOTAL liability and Reed is the same. I would take my chances with Horton but BIG MIKE won't allow that to happen. I was at the game and it was very easy to pass on the Skins defense due to that stupid formation they kept using and Reed kept getting BURNED like toast. Skins defense gave the dammmmmmed game away and the offense can't keep putting up 30-35 pts. a gme to bail them out.

Posted by: gman54 | September 23, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Man there is alot of Reed haterid in redskins nation. I guess people haven't read all of the articles about the game, haven't read up on why DeAngelo hall was really so upset after the game and also haven't realized that Reed Doughty is being asked to play out of position. Reed is not a Free Safety, we know this, we've know this since 2006 when we drafted him. Yet constantly the coaching staff asks him to play the position. He was forced to play it for a few games afer Sean's death in 07 and struggled, he was forced to play it some in 09 and now Haslett is forcing him to play the postion again. Just like Laron and Chris Horton Reed Doughty is not a free safety. Reed is a strong safety.

Yes he got posterized by the best WR in the NFL, Andre Johnson but every DB in the NFL would have gotten posterized on that play. What people need to realize is that Buchanon was supposed to stay with Andre Johnson on that play, but Buchanon released "the best WR in football" who had been killing us all game to Reed. Why? I have no clue. This is why DHall was so upset after the game and made the comments about him being the only one to cover other teams #1s. Hall knew that Phillip screwed up on that play. We should have had double coverage on Andre in the endzone and if that had happend Schaub would have went somewhere else and the game would not have been sent into overtime on that play.

Also like many others said, Laron has to keep his head up before he sends himself or someone else out of the league for good. There is not reason for him to not keep his head up and make a play on the ball when it there to be made. This has been a problem with Laron since we drafted him in 07. He always goes for the kill shot when there is a chance he could be making a play on the ball. He should only go for the kill shot when there is no chance he can make a play on the ball. I know it is a fine line, but he has to pick his spots when he will go for kill shots. Reed was trying to make a play on the ball, but Laron hit him instead of trying to make a play on the ball as well. People don't see a problem with that?

Also I love how people are talking about how Chris Horton should start over Reed. Did you see the overtime/game winning drive? Horton got in the game, immediately jumped offsides, and gave the Texans a first down. The next play who gets beat for a 30 yard pass play to a tight end named Driessen that none of us had heard of and he hadn't done a thing all day? Chris Horton. That was the game clincher.

I pray to 6.7 ounce baby jesus that Kareem Moore comes back this week and has no more trouble with his knee because we need someone back there to cover the back end. We know Reed is not a free safety, nor is Horton nor Landry. It is a problem we've had for 3 seasons now. Why the fron office continues to ignore it is beyond me! Please draft or sign a free safety in free agency ShanAllen next year. Thank you ;)

Posted by: avbanig | September 23, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Here's my last thought on RD. He does need to make a few more plays. The td by Andre Johnson was more the fault of Phillip Buchanon or at least just as much PB's fault. I have been dogging Reed a bit but he is in the NFL so he should make at least a few plays. I do realize that there is a reason why he is a backup not to mention the fact that he's playing out of position. Anybody can clearly see the difference in Landry's game this year now that he's back playing his true position.

Posted by: MaxnDC | September 23, 2010 6:32 PM | Report abuse

avbanig.....Great comments! Thank you.

Posted by: herbertfoley7 | September 23, 2010 7:01 PM | Report abuse

murphyz703,

The most inexcusable play in that game was Fred Davis allowed opponent to get around him to block a sure field goal. That should not happen!

Johnson has embarrassed many defenders, Reed is simply not a player who can out jump him!

Posted by: sagaliba | September 24, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

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