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Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 12/10/2010

Brian Orakpo cares about losing

By Dan Steinberg

After frustrating Redskins losses, you will invariably come across some fans writing anonymous online comments about how the players clearly don't care enough. To those fans, I would present this short clip of Brian Orakpo when the Redskins were already down by four touchdowns to the Giants.

If he doesn't care, he's doing an awfully persuasive job of pretending that he does.

(Via Hogs Haven)

By Dan Steinberg  | December 10, 2010; 10:42 AM ET
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Baller. Dude brings it every down. Just needs to stay in his gaps more. Was over pursuing on the back side a lot against the Giants.

He's going to miss Haynesworth however. Gonna see a lot more chips and slides his direction. Andre Carter is not doing much to help out.

Posted by: saltine182 | December 10, 2010 10:52 AM | Report abuse

Truth is he's had a terrible year. All this ranting and raving on the sideline doesn't mean a thing.

Posted by: dbunkr | December 10, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Truth is, he's had a terrible year. All these sideline histrionics don't mean a thing.

Posted by: dbunkr | December 10, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

agreed, his year has been sub-par. half his sacks have been coverage sacks, and he's been poor against the run. He'd ball out as a 4-3 DE..

Posted by: John_Keats | December 10, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

Note to dbunkr; You haven't a clue as to what you're talking about he lead's the team in sacks even though he's been misused for two years, if this franchise's coaching staff had any idea how to "scheme" defensively speaking, he would have been an all pro the past two years.

Posted by: dargregmag | December 10, 2010 11:34 AM | Report abuse

dargregmag you beat me to the punch! 100% agreed!

Posted by: clwalker1906 | December 10, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse

As really the only pass rusher we have (especially with Landry out) the guy still has 8.5 sacks. God knows Carricker, Golston, Alexander, Keamaeatu etc aren't helping him out. I will refrain from name calling with you who obviously know so little, but I'm sure thinking it.

Posted by: Andymr | December 10, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

It may be that that outburst had more to do with him being held every time he rushes the QB.

Posted by: skinsfever | December 10, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse

He got his rear end served to him by a scrub getting coached up on the sideline. And he hasn't figured out how to beat the same holding move he sees every week.

He's plateaued

Posted by: Scoonie97 | December 10, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

@ dbunkr.

With all due respect, I feel for the kid,,,

Orakpo, needs the help of a solid end, coupled along with, a stellar jack linebacker.
Unfortunately he has neither.

Without these two tools, Orakpo is left out on a island. Thats why we/ you are seeing diminished returns his area of expertise.

In closing, as presently constituted, the Redskins do not have all of the right type of players to run a effective 3-4. That being said, I can understand why Brian gets upset.

Please cut him some slack !

Posted by: Defund_NPR | December 10, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Did any reporter even bother to ask Orakpo what he was so upset about?

Before you presume and report that this little tirade was something virtuous, consider this:

Informed sources are telling us that Orakpo had just discovered Albert found and ate his whole sideline stash of peanut M&Ms.

Posted by: Vic1 | December 10, 2010 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Horrible year huh? That's weird, cause I could've sworn he gets zero help on defense and is held nearly every play and still has 8.5 sacks...not to mention that he almost single-handedly won us 2 games during the last defensive series because he was unblockable (Dallas, GB)...but you're probably right....terrible year...

Posted by: 47mccoy | December 10, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

he isn't terrible, but he isn't making plays consistently, and dissapears from games. It's hard to tell if this is because offenses are doing everything in their power to neutralize him, and can do so because no one else on D is a threat, or if he's just not a threat himself. Let's hope he has a big game sunday!

Posted by: John_Keats | December 10, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Note to dbunkr; You haven't a clue as to what you're talking about he lead's the team in sacks even though he's been misused for two years, if this franchise's coaching staff had any idea how to "scheme" defensively speaking, he would have been an all pro the past two years.

Posted by: dargregmag | December 10, 2010 11:34 AM | Report abuse

This sounds like Orakpo is missing ole Double team AH which gave him a free pass to the QB.. BO has allot to learn about pass rushing in the NFL! its a marathon not a sprint! Quit crying about being held and learn a few moves!

Posted by: rlomax67 | December 14, 2010 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Orakpo is a straight baller, and this lousy 'organization' is lucky to have him; he is being mugged every freekin' time he rushes the passer to the point where it's unwatchable. He's a better man than me because I would be popping dudes in the nuts when they go for my head. He should form a relationship / work with guys like Bruce Smith or Osi Umen-whatchamacallit (DE for the Giants) to learn some different pass-rushing techniques, and add another wrinkle to his game. I am one of those folks who likes the players, so I'd like to see Orakpo do well (somewhere else). If the Ravens got their hands on this kid, he'd be a SUPER STAR!!

Posted by: guisher | December 14, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Orakpo was in the Pro-Bowl last year whoever that is writing about somehting they heard someone talking about. This team is old and will take a couple of years for Shanahan to make us competitive every week. Any football guy knows this. Everyone should be happy we are not like Detroit and KC where the owner will not spend the money on HOF's and star athletes. This offseason they have 7 draft picks and will have a chance at signing Jacoby Jones, who knows the offense, and Micheal Bush, who is a 3-down back with speed. There are other young players in FA waiting there turn and the SHanahans know this fact. We will not see VJAX, but we will sign a guy who will become VJAX, I promise you. We are the 23rd ranked offense and our QB is on track for 4,000yards. This is a new OL and with more draft picks to secure it and McNabb having an entire offseason to study this scheme, next year the Skins will be a sleeper and everyone should draft McNabb in the 4th or 5th round as well as that D after they get a young NT and Harris from the Jets.

Posted by: allens11 | December 14, 2010 8:34 PM | Report abuse

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