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'Vanilla' defense still impresses

The Redskins switched to a 3-4 defense because coaches wanted to wreak more havor and cause more turnovers. In the debut of their new scheme, they did that pretty well against the Bills Friday night.

"We've been saying that from the jump. This is a whole different coaching staff, different attitude, different group of guys," said cornerback DeAngelo Hall. "We've been saying that from the get-go. There's something special going on around here. I think the world just witnessed a little bit of it [Friday]. But we still got a long way to go. Still got to make a lot more plays. Still got a lot more games to play."

It was a good night for the defensive starters. The group remained in the game until 8:17 remained in the second quarter. In less than 1 ½ quarters of work, they allowed the Bills three points and 69 yards of offense.

"Our confidence level is pretty good right now," said defensive end Phillip Daniels.

Starters weren't happy that Buffalo was able to move the ball on its opening possession, but they also say the Redskins weren't pulling all their tricks out of their hat either.

"We just showed a little bit of stuff. Very vanilla," said Hall. "But we're happy about the success we had."

One thing Coach Mike Shanahan would like to repeat a few more times: the night's turnover ratio. The Redskins had two interceptions and recovered a muffed punt, while they offense didn't turn the ball over once.

And what coaches especially like: an offense that capitalizes on turnovers, as the Redskins did Friday night.

On Buffalo's second possession, defensive end Adam Carriker burst into the backfield and chased after Edwards, who had to rush a pass to the right sideline. Hall stepped in front of receiver Lee Evans, picking off the pass and returning it 33 yards to the Bills' 12-yard line. Three plays later, Rex Grossman and the Redskins scored Washington's second touchdown of the night.

"Hopefully, as the year goes along, we'll continue to do that and give our offense more possessions," Daniels said.

Among the starters, London Fletcher looked comfortable in his new possession and fellow linebacker Brian Orakpo is surely happy to be again rushing the quarterback with regularity. Both safeties were active, though Kareem Moore drew a costly penalty early in the game.

And among the reserves, linebacker Perry Riley looked good, raising a ruckus in the backfield, cornerback Justin Tryon was credited wtih a pair of pass defenses and safety Lendy Holmes played a role in a team-high six tackle and came up with an interception in the game's waning moments.

By Rick Maese  |  August 15, 2010; 10:09 AM ET
Categories:  3-4 defense , DeAngelo Hall  
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Comments

Andre Carter looks terrible at OLB, he over rushed every time and the Bills kept going underneath.

Not sure if they told him to do that or not, but if he keeps playing like that I can definately see him getting cut.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | August 15, 2010 10:29 AM | Report abuse

Andre Carter looks terrible at OLB, he over rushed every time and the Bills kept going underneath.

Not sure if they told him to do that or not, but if he keeps playing like that I can definately see him getting cut.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | August 15, 2010 10:29 AM | Report abuse

firstie!

Posted by: jmeaicp | August 15, 2010 10:29 AM | Report abuse

firstie!

Posted by: jmeaicp | August 15, 2010 10:29 AM | Report abuse

Can't wait to see the Butter Pecan and Chubby Hubby Defense...

Posted by: WRBD | August 15, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

99 looked bad and needs to be moved back to end. i predict that will happen or he could be cut.

Posted by: ceara21 | August 15, 2010 10:46 AM | Report abuse

Just checking scores, the Iggles had to be at least a bit dismayed by their pass defense against an ordinary Jacksonville club. The Jags rushed for only 14 yards in the game but racked up 27 points in the 2nd and 3rd quarters, including 3 TDs on passes of 73, 30, and 53 yards to 3 different receivers. The Philly defense produced zero TOs. The offense looked all right outside the red zone but David Akers had to kick 5 FGs.

Posted by: Samson151 | August 15, 2010 10:59 AM | Report abuse


only a bunch of washington redtards fans could watch that game against buffalo and come away impressed. buffalo's starters manhandled washington's and donovan mcscabb looked like hot, buttered sh!t. redtards have a lot of work to do. i told you so.

Posted by: 10peterbilt | August 15, 2010 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: 10peterbilt | August 15, 2010 10:59 AM

The 'Girls are back! Just to remind you scum, none of us are taking much from this game. Our 1st team "O" was in for twenty plays and left after scoring a TD. Our first team "D" was in for less than two quarters. Our backups are the ones that scored four TDs. Our special teams scored one, which is difficult to do even against scrubs.

We aren't hyping this game at all moron.

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | August 15, 2010 11:13 AM | Report abuse

ITA.

'Skins soundly beat a team they should beat. If they looked bad against the Bills, that would be cause for concern. Staying medium.

Posted by: swowra | August 15, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

The Redskins had two interceptions and recovered a muffed punt, while they offense didn't turn the ball over once.


Nice writing Maese. Are you a former player?

Posted by: 1965skinsfan | August 15, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

hey peterlick,go find a cow girl website,go skins

Posted by: FOURWATTS | August 15, 2010 11:20 AM | Report abuse

And to remind our trollers out there, the Cowgirls first string offense has scored exactly 0 TDs in two preseason games.

So s*ck it, Cowgirl fans.

Posted by: hithere1 | August 15, 2010 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Andre Carter Definately looked bad at LB. His pass coverage was particularly miserable. The no trade clause in his contract may become a problem. If he doesn't turn it around real quick I can picture the redskins wanting to trade him. He's too small to play DE in the 3-4 scheme. If he can't adapt to LB, he doesn't have much value to us here. He has proven to be a quality 4-3 DE, and I could picture another team giving decent value in return. If he's not willing to accept a trade, we may see him as a nickle DE only.

Posted by: kaasmaster | August 15, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

The Redskins had two interceptions and recovered a muffed punt, while they offense didn't turn the ball over once.


Nice writing Maese. Are you a former player?

Posted by: 1965skinsfan | August 15, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Wade Phillips' previous head coaching job?

The Buffalo Bills.

Music City Miracle anyone? Playoff record after firing: 0-2.

Before that?

The Denver Broncos...fired and replaced by who else?

Mike Shanahan.

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | August 15, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

The Skins were a bit lucky not to have given up any turnovers. K. Williams' fumble bounced right back into his hands. Banks mishandled a punt, but was able to regain controll of the ball. Grossman threw a couple of passes that could easily have been intercepted. We were fortunate that the ball bounced our way for once. The turnover situation could have been a lot more even.

Posted by: kaasmaster | August 15, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

do you redtard idiots really think the cowboys are concerned with their offense? we know we can score. redtards offense should be among the worst in the league. again. donovan mcfagg was inaccurate as usual, throwing balls into the ground and being forced to use his legs to gain yards. mike vick lite. if he tries that stuff against the cowboys, he misses the rest of the season on injured reserve. book it. 9/12/10

Posted by: 10peterbilt | August 15, 2010 11:35 AM | Report abuse

Peterstroke, your coach is Wade Philips and your QB is Romo. Upon what do you hang your hope? The O line?

See ya Sunday night.

Posted by: edvar | August 15, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

I'm thinking that Moss, R. Williams, and Thomas will be our top three WR's. After that it's a lot more murky. Galloway and Wade are known quantities, but it would be nice for the Redskins future if they could be beat out by younger guys. Banks may make the squad purely on his return skills, and could be an occasional deep threat guy. With his size, though, I don't see him as an every down receiver. I need to see more from Armstrong and Austin before I'll be convinced. Kelly will only make the team if he is CLEARLY better than the other options. If the decision is even close, I think the Skins would choose the other guy over the oft-injured Kelly.

Posted by: kaasmaster | August 15, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Dunno, but I'm starting to think we may not see Thomas or Kelly on the final roster.
That'd be something to have 3 rookie WRs on the squad, wouldn't it? Armstrong, Austin, and Banks joining Moss and Galloway/Wade/Williams (pick one). That'd be a definite infusion of youth for the team.
JUST a thought, not a prediction, so don't start labeling me with colorful adjectives.
SOoooo glad it's football season again!

Posted by: DC2AZ99 | August 15, 2010 11:49 AM | Report abuse

do you redtard idiots really think the cowboys are concerned with their offense?

Posted by: 10peterbilt | August 15, 2010 11:35 AM

Um...Dez Bryant is injured, and that could potentially bother him all season. Homo's back hurts from lying on the turf too much. Phillips isn't happy about the performances. The O-line looks shaky.

Are the Cowgirls worried about their offense? All signs point to "Yes!"

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | August 15, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

Why do you guys even pay attention to 10"petersucker?

Posted by: kaasmaster | August 15, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Ignore the Trolls!
Especially the cowballs-licker trolls.

Posted by: kaasmaster | August 15, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

hey kaasmistress,

we're all drawn to the truth. i speak it. you can't deny one thing i've said. buh-bye

Posted by: 10peterbilt | August 15, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

You know what's more pathetic than a Cowgirl fan? A Cowgirl fan in a 'Skins forum.

10"peterpuffer will be back.

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | August 15, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

The Skins were a bit lucky not to have given up any turnovers. K. Williams' fumble bounced right back into his hands. Banks mishandled a punt, but was able to regain controll of the ball. Grossman threw a couple of passes that could easily have been intercepted. We were fortunate that the ball bounced our way for once. The turnover situation could have been a lot more even.

Posted by: kaasmaster

Good point. Theisman mentioned how lucky the skins were on the night, however when players hustle and their team as a whole is playing well in a system that works, then the tough plays tend to go your way.

Posted by: monkeymayonaise | August 15, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

I can't wait to watch Tim Tebow tonight. He's gonna be successful at anything he does.

Tim Tebow like Jason Campbell is a guy you'd like your daughter to date.

Posted by: MimiAnsari | August 15, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Tim Tebow like Jason Campbell is a guy you'd like your daughter to date.

Posted by: MimiAnsari | August 15, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Unless your not a chirstian. Then you'd keep Tebow away from your daughter with a 10 foot poll and a shot gun.

Posted by: alex35332 | August 15, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

when players hustle and their team as a whole is playing well in a system that works, then the tough plays tend to go your way.

Posted by: monkeymayonaise | August 15, 2010 12:09 PM

Thats usually true. I'm just trying to make sure that the Kool-ade isn't TOO heavily spiked after the big win. After all, it is only preseason.

Posted by: kaasmaster | August 15, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Jason Campbell is a Christian too.

Posted by: MimiAnsari | August 15, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

It's because of their faith that makes them humble Gentlemen. Because they are humble gentlemen is the reason I would want them to date my daughter.

Posted by: MimiAnsari | August 15, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Jason Campbell is a Christian too.

Posted by: MimiAnsari | August 15, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

yes but he's not an a-hole about it.

Posted by: alex35332 | August 15, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse

The Skins were a bit lucky not to have given up any turnovers. K. Williams' fumble bounced right back into his hands. Banks mishandled a punt, but was able to regain controll of the ball. Grossman threw a couple of passes that could easily have been intercepted. We were fortunate that the ball bounced our way for once. The turnover situation could have been a lot more even.

Posted by: kaasmaster

Good point. Theisman mentioned how lucky the skins were on the night, however when players hustle and their team as a whole is playing well in a system that works, then the tough plays tend to go your way.

Posted by: monkeymayonaise | August 15, 2010 12:34 PM | Report abuse

10peterbilt only an a$$clown as yourself would come to a skins fan site and post a comment. The true definition of a loser!

Posted by: heatseeker690069 | August 15, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Good point. Theisman mentioned how lucky the skins were on the night, however when players hustle and their team as a whole is playing well in a system that works, then the tough plays tend to go your way.

Posted by: monkeymayonaise | August 15, 2010 12:34 PM | Report abuse

also a good point. Is it luck, or skill?

Posted by: alex35332 | August 15, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

Quit responding to the trolls! It's probably just beep-beep anyway.

Posted by: monkeymayonaise | August 15, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Jason Campbell is a Christian too.

Posted by: MimiAnsari | August 15, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

yes but he's not an a-hole about it.

Posted by: alex35332 | August 15, 2010 12:30 PM

Can you explain what that means please?

Posted by: MimiAnsari | August 15, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Andre Carter Definately looked bad at LB.... If he's not willing to accept a trade, we may see him as a nickle DE only.

Posted by: kaasmaster | August 15, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

But he'd still get a lot of playing time as a nickel DE plus he's an older dude now so it might be in everyone's interest to play him there anyway...

Posted by: Pepper5 | August 15, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Can you explain what that means please?

Posted by: MimiAnsari | August 15, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

If you don't get it, you don't get it. But the whole, biblical scriptures on your eye paint = a-hole.

Posted by: alex35332 | August 15, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Here is what I saw.. Nice adjustment in the D after the first series.. too much overpursuit in the beginning without anyone staying at home on the weak side. I say Perry Riley making plays all over the field but apparently out of position in some of his pass coverage responsibilities. The same for Lendy Holmes but they should get better with time. Chris Draft looked bad on coverage but he may not get the reps to improve. If Big Al wants to play DE rather than nose, he needs to improve his contain... he looked pathetic on that spin to the outside as the runner went by him.. a complete whiff. I thought that Justin Tryon showed some improvement covering the slot receiver. Kudos to Carriker for making the interception play happen.. he showed me a burst..

Posted by: iseyij | August 15, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Jason Campbell is a Christian too.

Posted by: MimiAnsari | August 15, 2010 12:24 PM

MimiAnsari = Chia_Pet = Rotfrau = bleepbleep = Risa_L = one strange ranger

Posted by: beep-beep | August 15, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Tebow has the right to display his faith.

There is a difference between showing your faith and telling people to do what you believe.

Tebow has never told anybody how to live..

How do you feel about people with religious tattoos?

Posted by: MimiAnsari | August 15, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

There is a new thread.

Posted by: MimiAnsari | August 15, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Jason Campbell is a Christian too.

Posted by: MimiAnsari | August 15, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

yes but he's not an a-hole about it.

Posted by: alex35332 | August 15, 2010 12:30 PM

Can you explain what that means please?

Posted by: MimiAnsari | August 15, 2010 12:49 PM

Ugh, let's avoid this toll road guys and gals. It never turns out pretty and we are actually to the part of the year where there is actual football to discuss. Save this for the offseason.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | August 15, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

How do you feel about people with religious tattoos?

Posted by: MimiAnsari | August 15, 2010 1:10 PM

How do you feel about flamebaiters? How do you feel about sock puppets? How do you feel about mental health? Optional?

Posted by: beep-beep | August 15, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse


How do you feel about people with religious tattoos?

Posted by: MimiAnsari | August 15, 2010 1:10 PM

MimiAnsari = Chia_Pet = Rotfrau = bleepbleep = Risa_L = debaitor = one strange ranger

How do you feel about flamebaiters? How do you feel about sock puppets? How do you feel about mental health? Optional?

Posted by: beep-beep | August 15, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

FOURWATTS, where you at? Are you there?

Posted by: vexed50verizonnet | August 15, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

All the Cowgirls fans saying we shouldn't get excited at all and "don't put any stock into it, it's just preseason" would be the same people saying we are going to suck had we looked awful against the bills..

Reading 10peterbilt's post, he seems like a scared little girl to me. HAHAHA. if you really don't care about how we performed, then why are you even on here? Only if you're worried about us, would you come on here and try to instill fear in us. Ain't happening. At least our starters have SCORED A TD in the preseason. You've had 2 games already and that loser tony homo still hasn't thrown a TD. And you can't even score on the RAIDERS... THE RAIDERS. Don't worry about us, worry about your own stupid team. Can't wait for the Cowgirls to choke once again. They always are the most-hyped team every season then they fall on their faces. It's hilarious.

Posted by: rachel216 | August 15, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

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