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Orakpo finishes 4th in defensive rookie voting

Not only didn't Brian Orakpo win the NFL's defensive rookie of the year award, but it wasn't even close. In fact, Orakpo didn't even finish in the top-3.

Houston linebacker Brian Cushing won the honor today, awarded annually by the Associated Press. Buffalo safety Jairus Byrd was second and Green Bay linebacker Clay Matthews was third. Orakpo was fourth, the only other defensive player receiving votes.
The award is determined by a nationwide vote of media members.

Here's the vote breakdown: Cushing 39, Byrd 6, Matthews 3 and Orakpo 2.

Cushing finished fifth in the league with 134 tackles, and Byrd was tied for the league-lead with nine interceptions. Orakpo was tied for seventh in the league with 11 sacks, one more than Matthews.

The Washington defensive scheme had him usually lined up at linebacker, even though he's an effective pass rusher from the edge and played defensive end in college. It will be interesting to see whether a new head coach and defensive coordinator decide that Orakpo played out of position this season and opt to line him up as a defensive end more
often next season.

There might not be a single soul in Washington who will argue with the selection of Orakpo with the 13th pick in last spring's draft, though the top three finishers in the award voting were all picked after Orakpo. Cushing went 15 last spring, Byrd 42 and Matthews 26.

Orakpo will be starting in the Pro Bowl later this month in Miami as a linebacker for the NFC.

No Washington player has ever won the defensive rookie of the year award.

By Rick Maese  |  January 5, 2010; 11:17 AM ET
Categories:  Brian Orakpo  
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Comments

First to say Orakpo will have an awesome career, and unfortunately will remind us of VC for years to come.

Posted by: REXskins | January 5, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Cushing deserves it. Rak should have been second.

Posted by: Gweez | January 5, 2010 11:30 AM | Report abuse

I wonder who would win inside the octagon, Orakpo or Cushing?

Posted by: FedorEm | January 5, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

4th in voting is still good.

Don't care that the guys that finished ahead of him were drafted after him.

Skins wanted a pass rusher and they got the best one in the draft.

Posted by: PortisPocketsStr8 | January 5, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

And as it turns out, Skins DID need a linebacker ...

Posted by: dcsween | January 5, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

Doesn't Clay Matthews play for Greenbay?

Posted by: Devo2 | January 5, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

remember hamsters PAskinsfan believes JC will be a HOF

Posted by: BenchCampbell | January 5, 2010 11:21 AM | Report abuse

I never said anything remotely close to that and since we're just making stuff up now I think you should stop banging horses. Sure they don't complain about your back hair or your smell but it's just plain wrong.

Posted by: PAskinsfan17 | January 5, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

Re-posted for all you horse bangers out there.

Posted by: PAskinsfan17 | January 5, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

but its also true that ShLewis and Vinny have ties out of the SFO Walsh era.

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | January 5, 2010 11:28 AM |

And so does Shanny...who took the WCO to Oakland....

Posted by: 4thFloor | January 5, 2010 11:34 AM | Report abuse

I really hope the new DC does not play Rak at LB. Hopefully Jarmon recovers fully and was not a waste of this years 3rd round pick. I think Rak and Jarmon with Big Al and Golston/Montgomery, Carter can be effective for some time. Now its time to get some corners and safeties who can catch and cover and not take bad angles and bite on double moves :)

Posted by: FedorEm | January 5, 2010 11:35 AM | Report abuse

Orakpo will be an elite pass rusher for the Redskins for many years to come. No need to second guess the pick.

Posted by: dfbovey | January 5, 2010 11:36 AM | Report abuse

So, the Post says the Redskins picked wrong and should have picked Cushing.

We finally agree on something....

Posted by: 4thFloor | January 5, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Matthews plays for Green Bay. His dad played for Cleveland.

Posted by: Jason10 | January 5, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

On CBSSports Skins blog someone wrote the Skins should go to a 3-4 D. I have my own opinion but I would like to hear some thoughts from guys here as I respect more bloggers here than on any other Skins blog.

My thought is that if they hire Zimer, he has run both a 3-4 and a 4-3, so maybe in 2 years they can look into changing up.

I have always wanted to see a coach train his team to play both, basicly have your 2 backup DE's and a backup DT train to run a 3-4 style line.

But with the holes on offense, opening up more holes on this team this season is a bad idea.

It would take a longer time to go to a 3-4 D then to change to a more effective 4-3 D.

Currently the holes in the Skins D are the following, we need: A new Starting CB to replace Rogers (if he goes), A starting FS (move LL back to SS), A Starting OLB (so oraKpO can go and be a DE more), A future starting MLB to replace LFB and a DT of the future. Thats 3 starters and 2 backups.

If we decide to change to a 3-4. we need all of that and a second starting MLB, one or two bigger DE's (they need to be closer to a small DT to play in a 3-4) and you would probably have to replace Rocky at OLB because I don't know if he is a good blitzing OLB.

So a change to a 3-4 thats potentially five to seven new starters and still the two backups that I mentioned earlier. With a lack of draft picks and a weird Free Agency approaching I am hesitant.

Posted by: alex35332 | January 5, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse


but its also true that ShLewis and Vinny have ties out of the SFO Walsh era.

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | January 5, 2010 11:28 AM |

And so does Shanny...who took the WCO to Oakland....

Posted by: 4thFloor | January 5, 2010 11:34 AM | Report abuse


True dat...

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | January 5, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

I thought Aaron Curry was the best LB of the bunch?? So much for the draft experts.

Posted by: AdamCr | January 5, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

So, the Post says the Redskins picked wrong and should have picked Cushing.

We finally agree on something....

Posted by: 4thFloor | January 5, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse
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Cushing was great this year, but Orakpo was the right pick.

Cushing isn't going to play DE, which is where Orakpo will end up when it is all said and done.

Posted by: shaunsherman12 | January 5, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

Pleasing thought: Vinny was in on the bring Shanny to DC plan/ operation all along (including getting ShLewis as consultant/Shanny spy) and never saw it coming that he was gonna get whacked along with Zorn.

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | January 5, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Cushing isn't going to play DE, which is where Orakpo will end up when it is all said and done.

Posted by: shaunsherman12 | January 5, 2010 11:42 AM

But we needed an OLB and that's how they billed OSackpo. Now everyone gets to reneg without being called out......

Posted by: 4thFloor | January 5, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Maese probably googled Clay Matthews to see were he played; not realizing that he bears his fathers name. How can someone become a beat writer for an NFL team if they don't even follow the NFL draft?

Posted by: ryannys | January 5, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Here's hoping we dive into UFAgency and get a SSLB, several available, and ORAKPO will not have to play another down at that position, barring injuries to others of course.

Posted by: glawrence007 | January 5, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Look at it this way... Osakpo can play DE or LB. Versatility beats the one dimensional Cushing, Matthews, or Maumaumaumauluga.

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | January 5, 2010 11:49 AM | Report abuse

"I thought Aaron Curry was the best LB of the bunch?? So much for the draft experts."


That's why I get all my draft info from this blog.

Posted by: MistaMoe | January 5, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Pleasing thought: Vinny was in on the bring Shanny to DC plan/ operation all along (including getting ShLewis as consultant/Shanny spy) and never saw it coming that he was gonna get whacked along with Zorn.

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | January 5, 2010 11:44 AM

I could possibly see that....And that's where Bruce Allen comes in......

Posted by: 4thFloor | January 5, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

If we decide to change to a 3-4. we need all of that and a second starting MLB, one or two bigger DE's (they need to be closer to a small DT to play in a 3-4) and you would probably have to replace Rocky at OLB because I don't know if he is a good blitzing OLB.

Posted by: alex35332 | January 5, 2010 11:39 AM


The issue would be depth for sure. Rocky could move inside, and a FA WLB could be found. Jarmon, $$worth, Lo Alexander could be the front 3. FA LB, Mac, Fletcher, Orakpo the 4 Lbs. However,there will be no depth this year for any of the starters.

Posted by: TWISI | January 5, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

the Orakpo pick would have been a no brainer for anyone that hangs around football, no need to give Vinnie any credit. The skill is in the later rounds that give you the depth and nice surprises. Heck, even Vinnie lucked out on a few of those. Casserly and Beathard did great at it, and on purpose. THAT, is what we need now.

Posted by: hotwirehenry | January 5, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

the Orakpo pick would have been a no brainer for anyone that hangs around football, no need to give Vinnie any credit. The skill is in the later rounds that give you the depth and nice surprises. Heck, even Vinnie lucked out on a few of those. Casserly and Beathard did great at it, and on purpose. THAT, is what we need now.

Posted by: hotwirehenry | January 5, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Speaking of oraKpO, Anyone here track where/how he got his sacks this season?

Did most of them come from him being in a OLB spot or a DE spot Right Left side, if from OLB what Gap did he go through?

Posted by: alex35332 | January 5, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

Anyone nitpicking between Cushing/Matthews/orakpo now should be happy they're not in buffalo digesting that Aaron "mayhem" Maybin pick. You wanna talk about an ugly stat line...the kid has more "c'mon man" appearances than sacks.

Posted by: AdamCr | January 5, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/writers/don_banks/01/04/coaching/index.html

How funny would it be if this guy's right and Shanahan wants to wait until after this weekends Philly/Dallas game before committing to DC. If Shanahan did go to Dallas instead, Bruce Allen would have to do a bonafide coaching search.

Posted by: skinswest | January 5, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

Bowlen will be relieved of roughly half of his remaining financial burden, having to pay only about $7 million of the $14 million he owes Shanahan through 2011, the duration of his contract with the Broncos.--REDSKIN INSIDER


Hmmmm. Work for Dan Snyder or do nothing and collect $14 mil over the next two years. Tough call....

Posted by: TheCork | January 5, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

Look at it this way... Osakpo can play DE or LB. Versatility beats the one dimensional Cushing, Matthews, or Maumaumaumauluga.

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe

Yeah I'd HATE it if the skins had to make due with a guy like (DE ONLY) Reggie White or (LB only) Lawrence Taylor. Give me versatile any time.

Hey isn't Maumaumaumauluga that tiny fish Don Ho used to sing about?

Posted by: TheCork | January 5, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

So a change to a 3-4 thats potentially five to seven new starters and still the two backups that I mentioned earlier. With a lack of draft picks and a weird Free Agency approaching I am hesitant.


Posted by: alex35332 | January 5, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

I don't know, Phil Daniels is pretty big at 305. I think he can be a 3-4 DE. I think Carter and Rak can be the OLBs and Rocky and London in the middle. I think big Al can be the NT. Now the question I have is if Jarmon can put on 25 pounds and be the other DE.

Posted by: PAskinsfan17 | January 5, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Congrats Rak, great year. Cushing was deserving but so was 98.

Reposting...
Said it for months now- tender JC the highest RFA offer, if a team matches it you let him walk, pick up a 1st/3rd round picks (unlikely). If someone does match, take best available QB with their 1st rd pick, best available OL with their 3rd rounder. Either way, the #4 overall pick must be RUSSELL OKUNG.

p.s. if RO isn't there at #4, I'd actively seek to trade out of that spot. recall we don't have a 3rd rounder due to the Jarmon supplemental draft pick. any thoughts/news on his development to date? He didn't seem to play much this year, and wasn't really a factor when he did. If he pans out we could have a stud DE combo for many years

Posted by: Notorious_LMG | January 5, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

I don't know, Phil Daniels is pretty big at 305. I think he can be a 3-4 DE. I think Carter and Rak can be the OLBs and Rocky and London in the middle. I think big Al can be the NT. Now the question I have is if Jarmon can put on 25 pounds and be the other DE.

Posted by: PAskinsfan17

Our LB's aren't very good in soace and covering TE's or RB's out in the flats... Orakpo is better suited to play end IMO

Posted by: 1965skinsfan | January 5, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Look at it this way... Osakpo can play DE or LB. Versatility beats the one dimensional Cushing, Matthews, or Maumaumaumauluga.

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | January 5, 2010 11:49 AM


So, you haven't seen the other 3 at work, have you? And you have NEVER seen OSackpo checking a TE and getting scored on?

Posted by: 4thFloor | January 5, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse

The issue would be depth for sure. Rocky could move inside, and a FA WLB could be found. Jarmon, $$worth, Lo Alexander could be the front 3. FA LB, Mac, Fletcher, Orakpo the 4 Lbs. However,there will be no depth this year for any of the starters.

Posted by: TWISI | January 5, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Very true, without moneysworth we have no one capable of playing NT in a 3-4 so we could only run a 3-4 12 times a game every other week.

Posted by: PAskinsfan17 | January 5, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Twsi,
Thats why I wrote to wait a few seasons. I think it would be cool, you need to offer more than 1 set look to be a good D, IMHO. Gregg and Greg both used a 3-3-5 or Cobra from time to time.

Posted by: alex35332 | January 5, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

"But we needed an OLB and that's how they billed OSackpo. Now everyone gets to reneg without being called out......

Posted by: 4thFloor

For someone who calls out others for having an agenda, you wear yours like a comfortable sweater. By your own view of "da media" you should be hired immediately.

So, we needed BOTH a OLB and a DE and a LT etc etc....this idea that we need/needed only one position is ludicrous.

They "billed" him as a OLB b/c the management were RETARTED! You can't hold that against the player.

Dude is beast, slot him in at DE groom Jarmon and keep Daniels one more year to play all over the line and run-stopper.

Posted by: chrislarry | January 5, 2010 12:02 PM | Report abuse

If we decide to change to a 3-4. we need all of that and a second starting MLB, one or two bigger DE's (they need to be closer to a small DT to play in a 3-4) and you would probably have to replace Rocky at OLB because I don't know if he is a good blitzing OLB.

Posted by: alex35332 | January 5, 2010 11:39 AM


The issue would be depth for sure. Rocky could move inside, and a FA WLB could be found. Jarmon, $$worth, Lo Alexander could be the front 3. FA LB, Mac, Fletcher, Orakpo the 4 Lbs. However,there will be no depth this year for any of the starters.

Posted by: TWISI |


NOT favoring it guys, but if the team wanted to go 3-4 they could draft that kid from Alabama, Cody for NT, move Haynesworth to DE with Jarmon/Daniels/etc. on the other side Inside backers would be Mac and Fletcher, outside backers would be Carter and Orakpo, one or both of which would move to DE on passing downs.

Trouble with that is neither is good in coverage.

They'd have some guys they could trade for mid round picks and use all those to rebeef the OLine, along with a quality FA or two..

Posted by: TheCork | January 5, 2010 12:02 PM | Report abuse

This would be a big get for any staff..hint, hint.

Bobby April is a coaching free agent
Posted by Gregg Rosenthal on January 5, 2010 11:48 AM ET
No matter what semantic games the Buffalo Bills are playing with their fired coaching staff, special teams coach Bobby April is no longer on the staff.

April has exercised a clause in his contract that makes him a "free agent" Tuesday, according ESPN's John Clayton.

Long one of the best special teams coaches in football, April doesn't figure to be a free agent for long. April is a rare difference maker at his coaching position, and doesn't cost an owner much relatively to upgrade a team's chances for winning.

The 56-year-old has also coached with the Steelers, Falcons, Saints and Rams.

Posted by: TWISI | January 5, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

any thoughts/news on his development to date? He didn't seem to play much this year, and wasn't really a factor when he did. If he pans out we could have a stud DE combo for many years
Posted by: Notorious_LMG | January 5, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

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jarmon was ahead of schedule and looks to be a good pick. He wasn't expected to contribute this yr but forced his way on the field. He also forced a fumble to seal the Tampa game. He's also said to be very smart and a humble classy guy which also helps in the locker room. I'm happy he's with us.

Posted by: AdamCr | January 5, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Common misconception is that Denver won those two Super Bowls because of Elway. They didn't. He was a contributor, not the key. The main reasons they won the Super Bowl: that running game, and a very underrated defense.

The problem with a Shanahan running attack is the reliance on cut blocks. That translates in terms of personnel to smaller, quicker, more athletic linemen -- Mark Schlereth, for instance. Casey Rabach might fit.

Posted by: Samson151 | January 5, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Thats because Orakpo was shut out for sacks the last quarter of the season. If he had broken the freak's record, he would have been a shoo in!

Posted by: Sports_Guru | January 5, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: alex35332 | January 5, 2010 11:39 AM

Alex, IMO we're better suited for a 3-4 than a 4-3 right now. I agree we have questions at corner opposite Hall if Rogers goes and we definitely need a FS but that is the case no matter what system you decide to run. But if we switched to a 3-4 we could start a line of Alexander, Fat Albert at the push the pocket NT, and either Gholston or Jarmon at the other end. You could rotate in Monte for Albert when he needs a blow, or slide Gholston inside occassionally and get Jarmon and/or Jackson in there at end. Rocky Mac would slide inside starting next to Fletcher at MLB with Gatewood and Blades as the backups. On the outside as rush ends in the Merriman, Ware, Spencer, Harrison mold you have Carter and Orackpo with Wilson backing them up. IMO that's a better fit than having two undersized ends in Carter and Orakpo. To me freeing up Albert to just be a NT and let him push the pocket straight into the QB's face and allow Rak and Carter to rush the edges sounds nasty.

Posted by: zjfr2 | January 5, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

jeeezuz lighten up 4th. People trying to slam the Orakpo pick and i kicked in a throw away line.

And The Dork: I don't recall Reggie White or The Original LT being available in last spring's draft. Probably because they were either a) dead or b) in rehab.

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | January 5, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully, the Skins make a run at this guy:

Bobby April is a coaching free agent
Posted by Gregg Rosenthal on January 5, 2010 11:48 AM ET
No matter what semantic games the Buffalo Bills are playing with their fired coaching staff, special teams coach Bobby April is no longer on the staff.

April has exercised a clause in his contract that makes him a "free agent" Tuesday, according ESPN's John Clayton.

Long one of the best special teams coaches in football, April doesn't figure to be a free agent for long. April is a rare difference maker at his coaching position, and doesn't cost an owner much relatively to upgrade a team's chances for winning.

The 56-year-old has also coached with the Steelers, Falcons, Saints and Rams.

Posted by: brownwood26 | January 5, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Twsi,
Thats why I wrote to wait a few seasons. I think it would be cool, you need to offer more than 1 set look to be a good D, IMHO.

Gregg and Greg both used a 3-3-5 or Cobra, they both used that Cover 2-bear looking thing and a 4-3. You need to have multiple "base" schemes.

Posted by: alex35332 | January 5, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

.. and if Orakpo had been a full time Defensive End, he would have been rookie of the year.

Thankfully Greg Blache is getting canned, he tried to single handedly destroy Orakpo's carreer, just as he did to LaVar Arrington's!

Posted by: Sports_Guru | January 5, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

does anyone have any news about where things stand ,It seems like it is taking a very long time for something that was supposed to a slam dunk ?

Posted by: joevick | January 5, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

I think the funny thing is VelosORAKPO going to PBwl as an LB, instead of at End where he excelled. whateves.

And if Shanny is really waiting for the Cowpatties gig to pan out - I don't want him here. The whole point of being the Skins coarch is to despise the rest of the division.

The Danny should know this, too.

Posted by: DikShuttle | January 5, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

does anyone have any news about where things stand ,It seems like it is taking a very long time for something that was supposed to a slam dunk ?

Posted by: joevick | January 5, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Could be very hard to work out a contract. Snyder is a lawyer and this ain't shanny's first rodeo. I'm sure Shanny wants 5 years guarenteed and Snydey to take a trip to STFU town. I doubt Snyder wnats to let that happen.

Posted by: PAskinsfan17 | January 5, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

TWISI,

We've NEEDED a 'Teams coarch for many years now.

Posted by: DikShuttle | January 5, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Cushing definitely deserved ROY. Matthews should have been 2nd--granted, I don't know much about Byrd.

Posted by: Original_etrod | January 5, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Has Albert ever played NT? Its a very different game plan. I don't think Carter has the speed to play a tweener anymore. I stand by my statement that if we were to make the change we would need 5-7 new starters on D and backups who know the scheme, which is why I would hold up on it. Changing guys to new positions does not guarantee success.

Don't get me wrong I love a 3-4, when I play games like Madden I design teams to fit a system using a 3-4 and 4-6 , its very effective video game wise no clue if that would work in the NFL.

So much of being a capable backup in both 43 and 34 systems is knowing the scheme itself, and expecting a bunch of 43 guys to change in a season is a big risk.

Posted by: alex35332 | January 5, 2010 12:16 PM | Report abuse

"Phil Daniels is pretty big at 305"

Phil Daniels is old.

Let Jarmon earn his money.

Otherwise, he's a wasted pick.

And we got a roster and history of those.

Posted by: MistaMoe | January 5, 2010 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Thankfully Greg Blache is getting canned, he tried to single handedly destroy Orakpo's carreer, just as he did to LaVar Arrington's!

Posted by: Sports_Guru | January 5, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse
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I'm all for Greg blache retiring, but didn't Lavar play LB while blache was coaching the DLine?? Explain to me how it's his fault Lavar underachieved??

Posted by: AdamCr | January 5, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

The previous two #4 picks by the 'Skins...

Michael Westbrook
Desmond Howard

Posted by: swowra | January 5, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Schefter tweets:

# Talks went well enough last night that Mike Shanahan summoned his agent, Sandy Montag, to Washington to negotiate his contract. 12 minutes ago

# Sandy Montag arrived in Washington a short time ago and is scheduled to meet this afternoon with Redskins GM Bruce Allen. 11 minutes ago

Posted by: swowra | January 5, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

"...does anyone have any news about where things stand ,It seems like it is taking a very long time for something that was supposed to a slam dunk?"


They'll get it all done.

They're just waiting for the Zorn, Cerrato, Rooney Rule dust to settle.

Or: Shanny's just watched the Redskins v. Chiefs game tape and wants out of the deal.

Posted by: MistaMoe | January 5, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

It's all good Cl.....We can rewrite history or let it be....I'd choose to let it be....OLB was the biggest out of the 3 issues....

We had and still have a glaring issue at SAM.

The good news is the Phillip Daniels told OSackpo that he use to weigh as much as him coming into the LEague.

Posted by: 4thFloor | January 5, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Schefter tweets:

# Talks went well enough last night that Mike Shanahan summoned his agent, Sandy Montag, to Washington to negotiate his contract. 12 minutes ago

# Sandy Montag arrived in Washington a short time ago and is scheduled to meet this afternoon with Redskins GM Bruce Allen. 11 minutes ago

Posted by: swowra | January 5, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Now I finally see a reason for Twitter. Good info bro. I still hate Twitter. Lets get this deal done and lets score 24+ a game now.

Posted by: FedorEm | January 5, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

If we would have scored 24 points per this year, we only lose 5 games. 11-5 sounds good to me. Lets score some damn points next year.

Posted by: FedorEm | January 5, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Beep Beep

Posted by: Sports_Guru | January 5, 2010 12:26 PM | Report abuse

lets score 34+ a game now

fixed it for ya.....

I think with the right 'nudge' this offense can be very good...

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | January 5, 2010 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Snyder is not a lawyer.

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | January 5, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Pass rushing DEs are harder to find than outside linebackers.

Cushing and Matthews are good players but are not in the same class as Orakpo in terms of playmaking ability.

When the next DC puts Orakpo at DE and he finally gets to play his natural position you will see a guy with 14-15 sacks and a number of forced fumbles.

The fact Brian could play out of position and still make the pro bowl as a rookie is amazing and something that neither Cushing or Matthews had to do, as both played their college positions as rookies.

Posted by: leopard09 | January 5, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Orakpo is not a linebacker. He is not agile enough at his size to be one. However Orakpo is an amazing DE. He is plenty large enough to be one and because of his great agility for his size, he will be in the opponents backfield all day.

Please, please, please coaches ... stop trying to make Orakpo a linebacker. Let him put on a few pounds and create havoc on the line, not have teams send players out where ever he lines up to take him away from the ball.

Posted by: theAnswerIs42 | January 5, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

A 3-4 move would be a little easier of a transition than we think. Your 3 d-lineman could be Golston,Haynesworth,FA(Like Ray McBean from Denver or Dwan Edwards form Baltimore),4 LB's Orakpo,LFB,Rocky,FA or maybe Andre Carter.Secondary remains the same with the exceptions of posibly loosing CR22 and adding a real FS. Anybody know if big Terrance Cody from Alabama is entering the draft this year?? that dude makes Haynesworth look small..they call him Mt.Cody, he's 6'6 367 pds!!!

Posted by: robbkels | January 5, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

A 3-4 move would be a little easier of a transition than we think. Your 3 d-lineman could be Golston,Haynesworth,FA(Like Ray McBean from Denver or Dwan Edwards form Baltimore),4 LB's Orakpo,LFB,Rocky,FA or maybe Andre Carter.Secondary remains the same with the exceptions of posibly loosing CR22 and adding a real FS. Anybody know if big Terrance Cody from Alabama is entering the draft this year?? that dude makes Haynesworth look small..they call him Mt.Cody, he's 6'6 367 pds!!!

Posted by: robbkels | January 5, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

BS...The kid played 2 different positions and still kicked butt and came up 4th??

Posted by: kahlua87 | January 5, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

I will be the soul in DC to say it. He should have been Michael Oher and we should have a future franchise LT locked in for the next 9 years. Orakpo is a nice player but we are kidding ourselves into thinking he's an every down DE. He gets mushed on run plays. He can rush the passer like it's no one's business which is a great skill but we have to hide him on 1st and 2nd down. He can't really cover as a LB or deal with blockers in the run game.

I would have rather drafted Marcus Washington's replacement 3 years ago when WM showed the first signs of having 80 year old man hips and gotten my franchise LT in place this year. We'd have been better off improving our dreadful offense than chasing sack totals. Was our D better this year with Haynesworth and Orakpo? I submit that it was not.

Posted by: ArtMonkToTheSticks | January 5, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Lemme get this straight, Cushing's best stat line is 5th overall in tackles and Jairus Byrd ends up tied for the LEAGUE LEAD in Int's as a rookie and comes in second with only 6 first place votes?!?!?...Thats a load of BullS*** in my mind!

Posted by: Maddenguru24 | January 5, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

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