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Redskins, Texans defenses vary

Although there are few differences in the offensive schemes of the Redskins and Texans, their defenses are different. And they will almost certainly play to their strengths on that side of the ball.

"It doesn't take long to figure out after you take a look at film," said head coach Mike Shanahan. "They look at Pittsburgh and some of the things they've done over the years. They look at what [defensive coordinator] Jim [Haslett] has done over the years."

The Redskins plan to do their thing despite what the Texans know about their offense, Shanahan said. "You've got a game plan that you believe gives you the best chance to win, and I think sometimes you do overthink it."

Houston Coach Gary Kubiak learned under Shanahan, first as backup quarterback and then as Shanahan's offensive coordinator with the Denver Broncos. Shanahan said he is not surprised that Kubiak reached the highest level of coaching.

"Gary was really a student of the game," Shanahan said. "He backed up [Hall of Famer] John [Elway] throughout his career, and when he did have the opportunity to play he was really prepared."

By Jason Reid  |  September 15, 2010; 5:35 PM ET
Categories:  3-4 defense  
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Comments

How many different ways can we talk about the Shanahan/DC/Denver/Texas storyline?

FIRST we compared the O now we compare the D.

Waiting for a special teams breakdown asap.

Posted by: WaitingGuilty | September 15, 2010 5:42 PM | Report abuse

How many different way can hessone talk about hating "trolls" only to do nothing other than personally address them.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | September 15, 2010 5:52 PM | Report abuse

by eight oclock sunday nite.....both texas teams will have been SHANATIZED

Posted by: keepdanshandsoff | September 15, 2010 8:44 PM | Report abuse

Thank God you put that bracketed "hall of famed" in there Jason or we all would have thought he was referring to the other John Elway.

Posted by: mhaslup1 | September 15, 2010 10:40 PM | Report abuse

if there is an edge as far as the element of surprise goes I'd have to say the Skins have it. I think as an understudy in any profession will always have ideas about improving upon what he's been taught, and while Kubiak takes alot of Shannys Sr. style and evolved it into what you see the Texans do. but Shanny jr. was his best playcaller as far as getting production from the offense. Plus Rex is talking to Donavan about signs and signals so expect to see some false signals to throw off the D

Posted by: nflorida1 | September 15, 2010 11:48 PM | Report abuse

At the end of Sunday's game Shanahan says to Kubiak, "I taught you everything you know, grasshopper, but I didn't teach everything I know."

BTW, they stayed away from the rollouts last week because McNabb wasn't as mobile with his ankle and the Dallas defense had the linebackers poised to take care of it, but the Texans' defense isn't as flexible and McNabb is almost 100%. Watch for rollouts and misdirection all day. Just wear down that defense, baby.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | September 16, 2010 2:04 AM | Report abuse

The Skins better make hay while the sun shines because game 5 Cushing is back and he is one scary dude, clear or no clear. I guarantee if you bring that 4.6 RB off tackle stuff when he is back he will go Laron and get 20 tackles, mostly for a loss

Posted by: ElYeah | September 16, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse

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