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Brian Orakpo's new role: The "Buck"

In the Redskins' new 3-4 defense, only one outside linebacker regularly has significant coverage responsibility. The position is nicknamed the "Buck" linebacker, and standout second-year player Brian Orakpo will fill the key role this season.

The Redskins, at least initially, will rely on Orakpo to be a bigger part of their pass defense than Lorenzo Alexander and Andre Carter, who are competing for the other starting outside spot. Orakpo, who had 11 sacks as a rookie last season, will blitz a lot.

"Buck linebacker is different because we've got pass responsibilities on four downs and also rush responsibilities and blitzes as well," Orakpo said. "We've got to know the best of both worlds."

There aren't many rules associated with the position, the Redskins say. The Buck linebacker must remember where to line up and blitz based on the packages defensive coordinator Jim Haslett calls, but in general, the Buck is afforded a great deal of freedom.

"You have to be smart to play" the position, Haslett said. "He's smart enough to do it."

The Redskins also plan to use others at the position. Alexander and Carter are also learning the role in the scheme, and Haslett, eventually, is expected to mix it up during games -- using players other than Orakpo as the Buck -- in an attempt to confuse opponents. But Orakpo, the Redskins' most explosive pass rusher, will take the lead.

"Since I entered college in my freshman year, I've had a new coordinator every year," Orakpo said. "I have a new coordinator now with Haslett, so that'll be six coordinators in six years. So I've had to learn six new defenses the past six years I've been playing. That's something I do well, picking up new defenses when a new staff comes in."

By Jason Reid  |  August 3, 2010; 11:30 AM ET
Categories:  3-4 defense , Brian Orakpo , Jim Haslett  
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The true star of the defense.

Posted by: ArmChairQB | August 3, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

This was posted about a half hour ago and then disappeared. See my post at the beginning of the last thread. Wierd.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | August 3, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Bucksack-po?

Posted by: oh_boy1 | August 3, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

How do you blitz when you're the primary coverage linebacker?

Posted by: coparker5 | August 3, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

How many sacks on Romo week 1?

I'm going with 5.

Posted by: iH8dallas | August 3, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

I'm not a fan of Orakpo in coverage, but I'm willing to see what he can do now that he doesn't have an idiot for a D-coordinator. The more you rush him, the better. I just hope they're wise enough to put his hand in the dirt in the nickel/dime packages and not get carried away with sticking him in coverage...

Posted by: brownwood26 | August 3, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

How do you blitz when you're the primary coverage linebacker?

Posted by: coparker5 | August 3, 2010 11:43 AM |

Well it's simple really, see if you can keep up? A safety or a different linebacker will occassionally switch assignments for the blitzing play. Just because you are the primary coverage linebacker doesn't mean that you are ALWAYS the coverage linebacker. Honestly, you really couldn't figure that out? Why do you even bother to post stupid crap like that?

Posted by: scampbell1975 | August 3, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Rackpo gave me a flashback to Campbell with the "I've had so many coordinators..." talk.

Posted by: coparker5 | August 3, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

How do you blitz when you're the primary coverage linebacker?

Posted by: coparker5 | August 3, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse
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You run past the TE into the backfield.

Posted by: mattsoundworld | August 3, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Oh - so Landry, Carter, and Alexander (all great cover guys by the way) will pick up the slack in coverage?

Posted by: coparker5 | August 3, 2010 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Can the WaPo please clear up if Big Al will be able to practice before he passes the conditioning test???

Oh wait... the WaPo has only said the following about 12,000 times in the past week... "Haynesworth must pass the test to participate in full practice with his teammates."

Thanks... we get it... rolling eyes...

For the record, MIKE GOLIC DID NOT PASS THE STAGED CONDITIONING TEST, and ESPN has now admitted and acknowledged that fact. ESPN put an independent clock on Golic and he failed both legs of the test. Granted, he did get close, but he failed and missed the times nonetheless. Big Al is much bigger, both in height and weight, and Mike Greenberg isn't holding the stopwatch for Big Al.

But... WHO CARES if it takes Al 2 weeks to pass the test? He isn't really missing all that much.

Fact #1... Big Al is in camp and is part of the team. He's a d-lineman. It's not like his job responsibilities are that diverse or complicated. He's still getting the instruction that he needs, both on the field and in classroom meetings.

Fact #2... Big Al has dropped a considerable amount of weight, which will, in it of itself, help his stamina this coming season. No linemen in the NFL has to run 300 yards in a game all at once. And even though some in the media and some fans like to criticize Al for his alleged lack of conditioning last year, Big Al STILL took the 2nd most snaps of any defensive lineman on the team last year.

Fact #3... Even if it takes Big All 2 weeks to pass the conditioning test, come September, he'll still be on the field wreaking havoc all over the NFL. The fact remains that our defense is significantly better with Big Al and he'll be out there come game day.

I'm not worried in the least. The WaPo just needs something to write and complain about. If it wasn't for Big Al, what would they have to write about? They'd probably be beating the dead horse of Colt being cut for the next 3 weeks. Of course, they'll probably still do that anyway... rolling eyes.

Posted by: SkinsFreak | August 3, 2010 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: stevek20147 | August 3, 2010 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Wait where is the Haynesworth in this?!?!

Posted by: chrislarry | August 3, 2010 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Well it's simple really, see if you can keep up? A safety or a different linebacker will occassionally switch assignments for the blitzing play. Just because you are the primary coverage linebacker doesn't mean that you are ALWAYS the coverage linebacker. Honestly, you really couldn't figure that out? Why do you even bother to post stupid crap like that?

Posted by: scampbell1975 | August 3, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse


Wow, patronize much?

Posted by: Original_etrod | August 3, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Contrary to popular belief, I think our team will be fairly young this year.

With the exception of P. Daniels, J. Galloway and McNabb it's a young team.

Trent Williams, Orakpo, Austin, Moore, Barnes, Morris, Thomas, Horton, Landry, Davis.

These guys will be the "core" Redskins for years to come.

Posted by: iH8dallas | August 3, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Well now that Brett Favre is REALLY retiring again, at least MAYBE the media will focus on that instead of non-stop Haynesworth.

Posted by: Lisa_R | August 3, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

Interesting take from Florio on the Favre "retirement":

"This year, whether he's consciously doing it or not, Favre needs to once again convince us that he won't come back, for two reasons.

First, he needs the Vikings fans to rejoice when Lord Favre rides in on a white steed to save the team from a return to mediocrity. And they won't rejoice unless they first believe in their hearts that Prince Graybeard isn't coming.

Second, he needs an excuse for his own potential mediocrity. In his quest to ride off into the sunset with a Lombardi Trophy tucked into the back pocket of his Wranglers, Favre fears embarrassing himself. So if he plays poorly, it can't happen because he's lost his magic. There needs to be a good reason for a Willie Mays/Joe Namath/John Unitas end to his career unrelated to whether he can still bring it.

Last year, it was a biceps tendon, along with an assortment of maladies that he cited multiple times prior to the start of the season, so that we all knew that if he stunk it up it happened because of his battle scars, not because he's no longer good enough.

This year, it's his ankle. The one on which he had supposedly minor surgery. The one that all of a sudden is preventing him from doing the stuff a quarterback does with his legs.

(Maybe he simply was concerned that he'd fail the conditioning test.)

Either way, he'll be back. We joked yesterday that maybe he wants more money. Whether he wants it or not, look for the Vikings to throw a few extra million onto the $13 million base salary he's due to earn this year. And look for anyone named Wilf to bend a knee and beg Favre to change his mind."

Posted by: brownwood26 | August 3, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

Any idea if M. Kelly is practicing today?

Posted by: Devo2 | August 3, 2010 11:20 AM

I heard he wasn't.

Posted by: stevek20147 | August 3, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

Ugh, I'm really hoping he and Thomas make strides. We really need these guys to perform. Otherwise Allen and Shannahan will be forced to waste money, picks, or other on replacing them. And all of those resources need to be devoted to other future areas of need like MLB, Center, RB, OG, QB. Damm you Vinny. Your tenure here will haunt us forever.

Posted by: Devo2 | August 3, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

Oh - so Landry, Carter, and Alexander (all great cover guys by the way) will pick up the slack in coverage?

Posted by: coparker5 | August 3, 2010 11:51 AM

Thinking they will only have to hold coverage for a second or two. No problem.

Posted by: PlayAction | August 3, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse

How do you blitz when you're the primary coverage linebacker?

Posted by: coparker5 | August 3, 2010 11:43 AM |

Well it's simple really, see if you can keep up? A safety or a different linebacker will occassionally switch assignments for the blitzing play. Just because you are the primary coverage linebacker doesn't mean that you are ALWAYS the coverage linebacker. Honestly, you really couldn't figure that out? Why do you even bother to post stupid crap like that?

Posted by: scampbell1975 | August 3, 2010 11:46 AM

Does being a snarky jackhole to other Redskins fans make you feel important?

Posted by: MColeman51 | August 3, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Yes, It concerns me as well that Orakpo is our best coverage LB. Hopefully a year under his belt and watching film he improves those skills! Scared to see him 1 on 1 with J.Witten week 1.

Posted by: kevinlc555 | August 3, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

On a more surprising note, Carlos Rogers got his first INT of training camp during 7 vs 7 drills. He picked off McNabb and ran it back for a TD.

Can't tell how to take all these turnovers: do we have the makings of a legitimately scary defense, or is our offense just really out of sync?
It's always interesting seeing how these things progress into the season.

Posted by: psps23 | August 3, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

No linemen in the NFL has to run 300 yards in a game all at once...

Posted by: SkinsFreak | August 3, 2010 11:51 AM


Actually, NO ONE has to run 300 yards in a game all at once...especially since you can only run 100 yards all at once (and 109 on KR/PR)...

Keep fighting uphill for AH, dude...defending the indefensible. I guess somebody has to pick up Johnny Cochran's slack...

Posted by: brownwood26 | August 3, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Oh - so Landry, Carter, and Alexander (all great cover guys by the way) will pick up the slack in coverage?

Posted by: coparker5 | August 3, 2010 11:51 AM |

That's not what ypou asked is it moron? So you get called out on your idiocy so change the subject? Dude, you've been posting on here for a while and I'm still wondering when you're going to post anything intelligent.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | August 3, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Dear Diary

So there I was at Redskin Park in Ashburn, Virginia, all lined up on the practice field and ready to take my test. Somebody had already put a couple cans of Pabst Blue Ribbon on the field – one at the 25 yard marker – the other on the goal line.

Who should walk up then but Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett, who simply looked my way and asked, “R U In It?” then tweeted his whistle and started his stop watch -- and got me going on two sets of 300-yard shuttles. I ripped off the first set in slightly over 65 seconds, and following a 3 and a half minute rest, completed the second series in 66 seconds flat.

Hey, that’s not bad at all for a 50-something year old overweight asthmatic geezer with a heart condition -- but I guess it don’t take much to be a pro athlete these days.

Haslett seemed impressed and after allowing me to drain the beer cans, shook my hands and with a hearty “welcome aboard,” pointed me to the buffet line.

Now I must admit that I doubled up on the buffalo wings, because they are my favorites – especially when I get them from the cute little waitresses with the big hooters at Hooters of FEDEX Field.

So I must also admit that there were some barbecue stains on my chin when Old Man Coach Shanahan came up to introduce himself to (as he explained sotto voce) “the next starting nose tackle for your Washington Redskins.”

But I could tell he was suspicious – because as I sat there stuffing a large dollop of coleslaw into my pie hole, he asked if I would mind running the test again.

I said, “Sure Coach, don’t mind at all -- anything for you and the team.”

So after allowing me to finish an extra tall glass of iced tea, we headed back out to the practice field – where a couple of fresh cans of PBR were waiting at the yard markers.

Now who should meet on the way out there, but AH92 himself -– who started looking all weird and stuff at me?

Oh well, I lined up and waited for the coach to tweet -- which he did. And they waited to watch me run the shuttles again -- which did. Despite the heavy lunch, I was able to finish the first set only a half-second slower than the earlier times – coming in at 65.5 seconds.

Then the waiting began. Three and a half minutes.

AH92 started to ask if I needed a bathroom break, and pointed to a port a potty about 20 feet away. I replied, “No, you dumb bunny. Don’t you know you’re supposed to go to the bathroom before you hit the field?”

I guess it don’t take much to be a pro athlete these days, because the look on his face told me that he was clearly hearing something new -- about toilet training and stuff, I guess.

Anyways, the whistle blew and I ran the second set of shuttles –- and finished at just under 68 seconds –- well, 67.75 seconds to be exact.

Then I drained the other two beers, and finally asked the coach if he would might if used the bathroom, since I’m not used to drinking so much during training time.

Your BFF!

Posted by: Vic1 | August 3, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

"For the record, MIKE GOLIC DID NOT PASS THE STAGED CONDITIONING TEST, and ESPN has now admitted and acknowledged that fact. ESPN put an independent clock on Golic and he failed both legs of the test. Granted, he did get close, but he failed and missed the times nonetheless. Big Al is much bigger, both in height and weight, and Mike Greenberg isn't holding the stopwatch for Big Al." posted by SkinsFreak

Ummm, Mike will be 48 in December.

Posted by: Samson151 | August 3, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

I don't believe Brett Favre is retiring for 1 second. Have seen this tired act before. He will have a change of heart when camp is done and report.

The whole point of blitzing is get pressure so guys only have to cover for a couple seconds. Is that such a difficult concept to grasp? Can't do double moves and long developing plays when the QB is on his back.

Posted by: ToddStinkston | August 3, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Does being a snarky jackhole to other Redskins fans make you feel important?

Posted by: MColeman51 | August 3, 2010 11:56 AM |

Does interjecting yourself into other people's disagreemnets make you feel like a part of something? Go phuk yourself you self important dikwad. No one was talking to you. I'm pretty sure he can defend himself. When I need the blog police I'll call you.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | August 3, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

On a more surprising note, Carlos Rogers got his first INT of training camp during 7 vs 7 drills. He picked off McNabb and ran it back for a TD.

Can't tell how to take all these turnovers: do we have the makings of a legitimately scary defense, or is our offense just really out of sync?
It's always interesting seeing how these things progress into the season.

Posted by: psps23 | August 3, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

In a related story:

Reports are coming from multiple sources, including Hitler, John Wayne Gacy and Attila the Hun that Hell is freezing over.

Posted by: iH8dallas | August 3, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

What if they have to hold coverage for 4-5 seconds? Just joking - would never happen.

Posted by: coparker5 | August 3, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Wow, patronize much?

Posted by: Original_etrod | August 3, 2010 11:52 AM

Yea, not real good at that. I just have to wonder if some people think before they post or do they just post the first piece of crap that comes to their mind so they can see their name in print.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | August 3, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

scamp, did you miss your nap today?

Posted by: iH8dallas | August 3, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Anyways, I guess you're right mcoleman. It was a little uncalled for. My apologies coparker. Mea culpa. It's not you it's me. Sorry. (Take your pick)

Posted by: scampbell1975 | August 3, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse

What the heck was the "Dear Diary" about? Someone help me on this...

Posted by: kevinlc555 | August 3, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse

GOD!!!!!!!!!!! SPARE ME THE FAVRE "WILL HE, WON'T HE" BULLCHIT! I'D RATHER BE SLOWLY RIPPED, MANAGLED, AND MAULED BY A PACK OF VICIOUS RABIES INFESTED HYENAS OR STUCK RANDOMLY 6 MILLION TIMES WITH A SINGLE THUMBTACK!!!!!

Favre, while my favorite QB of all time, makes me sick with this annual sh*t. Dude balled his little beady eyes out a few years back only to come back a few months later in Jet green. Then do the complete unthinkable and comeback in Viking purple.


I put NOTHING past Favre. I don't care if he comes out today and confirms that he's retiring. I won't believe it until he's standing next to his HOF bust and crying at the podium during his acceptance speech.

Posted by: RedDMV | August 3, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse

Holy sh*t, you gotta be kidding me...from what I saw of TN (and I saw them more than I cared to), their problems were with the secondary, not the line. They had a bunch of young DTs they wanted to play which was part of the reasoning behind letting AH go. Plus, TN has a nasty habit of having a big year and falling dramatically the next season. So don't blame the dip on losing AH...they're fine without him.

And we will be too. This team had Top 10 Defenses for most of the last decade without him...we'll do it again without him.

Posted by: brownwood26 | August 3, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Couple a things right quick. Since you watch so much Tenn you know they went to the playoffs 07 and 08 so not sure what you mean by "falling off dramatically next season"
Their secondary sucked cause they weren't creating enough pressure. Kind of like how last year all of the sudden we had the #1 pass defense in the league for most of the season. Was that casue of our unquestionably awesome secondary, NO.

Again saying we have a top ten defense most of the last ten years is only accounting for the yards allowed metric. WHich is the dumbest possible way to rank a D.
Last years Dline had a different look then years past.

Posted by: Stu27 | August 3, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

On a more surprising note, Carlos Rogers got his first INT of training camp during 7 vs 7 drills. He picked off McNabb and ran it back for a TD.

Can't tell how to take all these turnovers: do we have the makings of a legitimately scary defense, or is our offense just really out of sync?
It's always interesting seeing how these things progress into the season.

Posted by: psps23 | August 3, 2010 11:58 AM

Holy crap, a pick!!!

On the day I went to camp last week, the turnovers were due to effort by the d. Hopefully scary d is the answer to the question.

Good article on cr and how he's gonna be used this year, and his thoughts on the coaching staff...

http://www.csnwashington.com/08/01/10/New-Outlook-Role-For-Redskins-Rogers/landing_v3.html?blockID=281460&feedID=6355

Maybe a breakthrough year for cr? Would sure be nice to see!!!

Posted by: stevek20147 | August 3, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Vic1 | August 3, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

LOL

Posted by: Pepper5 | August 3, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Favre = ITA

move on.

Posted by: Original_etrod | August 3, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Did double move ever sign his tender?

Posted by: Original_etrod | August 3, 2010 12:11 PM | Report abuse

Minnesota is in a tough spot now. SAGE or JACKSON???? Wow! Plus fumblelina in the backfield!

Posted by: kevinlc555 | August 3, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

My money is on the D being awesome.

"How good?"

"People that have seen it say it's the songbird of this generation...THAT GOOD."

Posted by: iH8dallas | August 3, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

This role doesn't make much sense to me. Wasn't the desire to get Orakpo upright and off the line of scrimmage to rush the passer one of the main reasons to make the switch to the 3-4 (along with increased turnovers obviously)? It doesn't seem too smart to have a 2nd year player who's been primarily a defensive lineman his whole career (I thought, correct me if I'm wrong?) have to make the switch to linebacker with the added responsibility of being the primary coverage guy on the outside.

Obviously the guy can still blitz, but why not just let him focus on rushing the passer this year, and have the other linebacker be a pure coverage guy? Really makes me wonder about our LB depth (Alexander and Carter can't fill that role), which makes me think there could be a rough transition this season... I hope I'm wrong though!

Posted by: aldo_raine | August 3, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

This role doesn't make much sense to me. Wasn't the desire to get Orakpo upright and off the line of scrimmage to rush the passer one of the main reasons to make the switch to the 3-4 (along with increased turnovers obviously)? It doesn't seem too smart to have a 2nd year player who's been primarily a defensive lineman his whole career (I thought, correct me if I'm wrong?) have to make the switch to linebacker with the added responsibility of being the primary coverage guy on the outside.

Obviously the guy can still blitz, but why not just let him focus on rushing the passer this year, and have the other linebacker be a pure coverage guy? Really makes me wonder about our LB depth (Alexander and Carter can't fill that role), which makes me think there could be a rough transition to the 3-4 this season... I hope I'm wrong though!

Posted by: aldo_raine | August 3, 2010 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Not much on practice today from redskins.com...

-- 9:30 a.m. ET

Some 7-on-7 Work

Tuesday’s practice has been heavy on drills. Players are working on the far field -- not too advantageous for fans.

Here are some quick highlights from 7-on-7:

* Donovan McNabb tosses a quick pass to Roydell Williams across the middle for a nice gain.
* Carlos Rogers with an interception of a Donovan McNabb pass. Rogers jumped the route and raced to the end zone for a touchdown.
* First work for John Beck, he completes a pair of short passes to Ryan Torain across the middle. Torain has to reach awkwardly for the ball. Timing will come for Beck and the receivers.

-- 9:45 a.m. ET

More Gano

As most players work on the far field, special teams specialists work on the field closest to fans.

Graham Gano is kicking field goals on his own, giving fans a clear view of his progress.

He made all of the short range attempts.

He attempted a pair of field goals from 55 yards. First one split the uprights, drawing cheers. Second attempt was wide left.

“I have been impressed by Graham,” head coach Mike Shanahan said last week. “He has done a great job since I’ve been here...Hopefully we can just keep getting better in that area.”

Posted by: stevek20147 | August 3, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

hey scampbell1975 - I just remember Haslett saying that he was going have Orakpo rushing the passer this year. Now, it seems that Orakpo is also going to be the primary coverage linebacker. Seems like a contradition to me, especially since Orakpo can't cover nobody.

Posted by: coparker5 | August 3, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse

I won't believe it until he's standing next to his HOF bust and crying at the podium during his acceptance speech.

Posted by: RedDMV | August 3, 2010 12:07 PM


Even then I'd be suspicious...I'd put odds at 2:1 that he announces he's coming back WHILE he's giving his induction speech.

Stu, my bad...I meant they'll put up TWO good seasons in a row and then fall off the map. You can look at their last 10 seasons and let me know if you see a trend:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Tennessee_Titans_seasons

I count 3 winning seasons with AH out of 7. Perhaps he's not GOAT material after all, no?

I'll say it again: 44 teams have won SBs without AH. We don't need him to win or to be a good defense. He's a Ferarri without an engine...looks good in the parking lot but won't help you one bit if you're trying to get from Point A to Point B. I'll take a less "sexy" player who works hard and ACTUALLY WANTS TO BE HERE over the overpaid prima donna every day of the week and twice on gameday.

Posted by: brownwood26 | August 3, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Maybe a breakthrough year for cr?

The sad thing is, regarding CR, 'breakthrough' would be actually having an interception....1...not multiple, because that might be asking way too much...but if he can just get 1....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | August 3, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

My money is on the D being awesome.

Posted by: iH8dallas | August 3, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse


"how good?"

"So good I want to put it on a plate and sop it up with a biscuit."

Posted by: Original_etrod | August 3, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

hey scampbell1975 - you probably believe that Shanny is winning the pissing match with Haynesworth too, don't you?

Posted by: coparker5 | August 3, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

http://www.csnwashington.com/08/01/10/New-Outlook-Role-For-Redskins-Rogers/landing_v3.html?blockID=281460&feedID=6355

Maybe a breakthrough year for cr? Would sure be nice to see!!!

Posted by: stevek20147 | August 3, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

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This is what I like to hear. Playing Rogers close to the LOS, supporting the run, blitzing the QB -- these are all strengths of Rogers that have been more or less neglected the past two years. He's a big, physical corner that can hit and can't catch...makes you wonder why he was ever kept 10 yards off the LOS for the last 2 years.

Hall, Landry, Rogers, and now Moore...this secondary is talented. Even Tryon was getting props from scouts.inc as a likely breakout player. I'm excited to see how much of a difference this coaching change will make on these guys.

Posted by: psps23 | August 3, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Maybe a breakthrough year for cr?

The sad thing is, regarding CR, 'breakthrough' would be actually having an interception....1...not multiple, because that might be asking way too much...but if he can just get 1....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | August 3, 2010 12:23 PM

He-he, sad but true.

Maybe that first one starts a streak...I can just see the look on his face after the first...oh, THAT'S how you catch de ball!

Seriously, I think it is smart to have him working the slot and blitzing some more. We all agreed he was a good tackler.

There was a line from a coach in the article above saying "he wouldn't let anybody fall forward for a first down"...can that be anything but a dig at DHall and his "tackle" of Delhomme?

LMAO

Posted by: stevek20147 | August 3, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

1. Every time Orakpo is in pass coverage, its a win for the offense.
2. brian westbrook will be here because its a very good fit. He'll be the 3rd down, pass catching back.
3. Albert lost a bunch of weight, but he really isn't in shape. Which makes me wonder how he lost the lbs. It feels more like he crash dieted as opposed to working it off. Weight loss should make the knee less vulnerable to injury and the test isn't that hard -- too many non professional athletes are passing it -- or coming close. I'my curious about Alberts's strength, is he weaker or stronger now than before.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | August 3, 2010 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Coach Brad Childress insisted Tuesday afternoon that he was not told Brett Favre is retiring.
Childress has spoken to Favre within the last 24 hours, and he still considers the situation "fluid." Vikings players also told beat writers Tuesday that nothing has changed regarding Favre's status with the team.

Posted by: ash10 | August 3, 2010 12:34 PM | Report abuse

The "Buck"!!! Dropping back in pass defense. Phewy!!!

Hell.

The only thing I want to hear about is whether Shanny has bowed down to Big Al and Big Al and Orakpo will be pancaking that Cowboy QB.

If Shanny don't watch out Big Al might pancake his butt on the sideline by mistake.

I can hear Big Al going "Sorry Coach, can I help you up?" Ha! Ha! Ha!

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | August 3, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

hey scampbell1975 - I just remember Haslett saying that he was going have Orakpo rushing the passer this year. Now, it seems that Orakpo is also going to be the primary coverage linebacker. Seems like a contradition to me, especially since Orakpo can't cover nobody.

Posted by: coparker5 | August 3, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse

I remember seeing a quote where Haslett said that Orakpo got great results only rushing 300-400 times. he wanted Osackpo to rush 600-700 times. Not sure how they do that with him in coverage but if they say hes the best for the job then hes the best for the job.

Thanks for that list brownwood it did nothing to backup your point other then to further prove to me that you dont actually watch AFC games.

Posted by: Stu27 | August 3, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

! Scared to see him 1 on 1 with J.Witten week 1.

Posted by: kevinlc555 | August 3, 2010 11:58 AM
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Fcuk JWitten....

Posted by: jcnjcnj | August 3, 2010 12:45 PM | Report abuse

"Coach Brad Childress insisted Tuesday afternoon that he was not told Brett Favre is retiring."

That's because he's in denial. :P

Best thing that could happen up there is to give Purple Jesus the rock 30 times a game. They got away from that becasue of Favre and Childress is an idiot for doing so.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | August 3, 2010 12:45 PM | Report abuse

"Even if it takes Big All 2 weeks to pass the conditioning test, come September, he'll still be on the field wreaking havoc all over the NFL. "

Can't if he's sucking oxygen from the sidelines. I seem to recall him doing that lots last year.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | August 3, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

The Orakpocalypse is upon us. Everybody's going to get Orakpwned this year as the Orakpopotamus swallows QB's whole. Get of Orakpo's nutsacs yo!

Posted by: bosshog7169 | August 3, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Get off them i mean. Orakpronunciation error.

Posted by: bosshog7169 | August 3, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

Some of these idiots here should be doing stand-up comedy - how could someone posting here refer to Greg Blache as an 'idiot' - a man who coached last years wretched team to a top 10 defensive ranking, with no talent in the secondary AT ALL, and still be allowed to operate heavy equipment? Haslett was at home playing hop-scotch, when Blache was coaching the Skins D to top 10 rankings over the past two seasons! If these Skins go 3-13 with a 20th ranked Defense -- I'll just say that will be pretty hilarious.

Posted by: guisher | August 3, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

The true star of the defense.

Posted by: ArmChairQB | August 3, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse


Ahhh..that would be London Fletcher!

Posted by: rlomax67 | August 3, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

So I was reading the State Run Redskins.com practice report (still sad that's where we have to turn to for any real practice updates, anyways I digress) and Weisman wrote that Orakapo was having a quite camp.

My thought on this is that that it sounds like he's going up against the Silverback and he's doing a good job on him. Now some may say Orakap is due for the sophmore slump but to me this sounds pretty promissing since I'm very confident Orakap will have a solid year regardless. And if the silverback is holding up well, then it's more competition for him.

This might be one of the biggest stories out of camp. Thoughts??

Posted by: Devo2 | August 3, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Nice article on Jarmon...

http://www.redskins.com/gen/articles/Jarmon_Remains_At_Defensive_End_135774.jsp

Posted by: stevek20147 | August 3, 2010

Thanks

Posted by: MaxnDC | August 3, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Favre's real goal is to do this every year until he has done it for every NFL team. So that All fans can honestly own a Favre 4 jersey.

4 teams down.

Posted by: alex35332 | August 3, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Oh No, I guess Brian Orakpo will not play well this year because he has had six different coordinators in six years. That is the excuse everybody had for Jason "deer in the headlights " Campbell so I guess Orakpo will struggle all year.

Posted by: rmcpks73 | August 3, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Oh No, I guess Brian Orakpo will not play well this year because he has had six different coordinators in six years. That is the excuse everybody had for Jason "deer in the headlights " Campbell so I guess Orakpo will struggle all year.

Posted by: rmcpks73 | August 3, 2010 3:42 PM

McNabb threw two interceptions in three plays at one point during Monday's practice but Grossman said mistakes like that are to be expected as he experiences growing pains in a new scheme.

"It's just the evolution of learning a new offense. Things are going to happen like that," he said. "And that's how you learn. You watch the tape, you get better and the next time you don't do it. It's just a part of it. It's a part of the learning process. You can't be perfect right off the bat. Nobody is."

Posted by: Alan4 | August 3, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Defense is always ahead of offense at this point in camp!

Posted by: rphilli721 | August 3, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse

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