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Posted at 12:56 PM ET, 11/18/2010

Orakpo guarantees dominant defense

By Dan Steinberg

Brian Orakpo has been one of the many Redskins who've talked about the "embarrassing" way the the team played on Monday Night. But Orakpo has perhaps gone further than his teammates in guaranteeing a change.

During an unusually candid interview with Rredskins Nation on Wednesday, Orakpo busted out the G word when Larry Michael asked him about the team's maligned 3-4 defensive scheme.

"Let me put it out there," Orakpo said, looking into the camera. "The 3-4 is a great defense, but you've got to understand, we're coming from a situation where it's completely different: personnel, cultures, everything. So it's gonna take some growing pains. Everybody went through it: Green Bay, Dallas, Pittsburgh had their down years, Arizona. Everybody went through their growing pains.

And I want everybody to know out there that trust me, we will get this right. And we will be a dominant, dominant defense for years to come, with myself, London and the rest of the crew - LaRon Landry - leading the way. And I guarantee that."

We've seen just about every brand of sports story coming out of Ashburn in recent years, but I can't think of a guarantee story. Interesting twist.

By Dan Steinberg  | November 18, 2010; 12:56 PM ET
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I can safely guarantee you that next year they'll be a better defense than this year. How can they not?

Posted by: iubiquity | November 18, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: rlomax67 | November 18, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Just be competitive... Many of us outspoken Skins fans have paid a high price this week around the water cooler. Living in a Texas border state I catch hell really easily when we lose!!!

Posted by: Maauc | November 18, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

I hear ya about catching hell----been in TX since 1982 after growing up with Sonny, Billy, Larry Brown (still remember those washington Times and Post pisctures with mud all over him) and Pat Fischer. RAK will deliver and i expect him to be a team captain if not next year then soon. He does lots of work with kids and the community here in Texas in the off season as well as DC. We can scream all we want about Snyder but I"d rather have a owner who will spend then the ones who don't---the organization has made so many bad signings that make just make those decisions look worse because we are the Redskins. I didn't expect much this season and going into it thought 8 -8 was a stretch--been pleasantly suprised with watching entertaining close games. BUT--MNF was a disaster! How we perform like that after a bye befuddles me. Hate to say it already but cant wait until next year to see how the new regime works out and still hoping for an 8 - 8. Got to understnad what we have to work with which isn't much!

Posted by: kirkoman | November 18, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Based on their performances this year, there is absolutely nothing to back up his statement of a dominant D

Posted by: Bious | November 18, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Orakpo is the ONLY bright spot on our D. Fletcher is great, but he's well into his 30's. Rogers can't catch a cold, D Hall can't tackle his mother, Landry runs in circles knocking everybody ( including refs ) down and then thumps his chest. Fat Al lays down and watches Vick bounce around for what seemed like minutes.
Orakpo can promise whatever he wants. Talk is cheap.....Our D sucks, and that's reality....

Posted by: Riggo2 | November 18, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Anybody with half a brain and any semblance of football knowledge can see this defense is close. It's got great pieces, but also glaring holes. This was to be expected, transitioning from a 4-3 with limited draft picks in one offseason.

The biggest weakness, however, is the coaching staff on defense. You can't put a price on gameplanning, and Haslett isn't on the level of Grilliams, Lebeau, Belichick, Capers, etc. Great coaching makes up for a lot, poor coaching makes players look a lot worse than they are (example #1: Monday night).

Give it another year or two (this IS a rebuilding team), let the FO draft a NT, some DEs, and another OLB. This defense will be fine. Too many people are circa-2000 Snyderesque shortsighted. Building a team requires patience, not idiotic knee-jerk reactions because *gasp* your previously 4-12 team got blown out one week.

Posted by: psps23 | November 18, 2010 10:26 PM | Report abuse

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