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Redskins likely will vary coverages against Packers, Rodgers

The Redskins performed well in executing defensive coordinator Jim Haslett's sound game plan in the 17-12 victory over Philadelphia.

Concerned with the Eagles' big-play ability, Haslett called a lot of cover-2 and instructed cornerbacks DeAngelo Hall and Carlos Rogers to jam speedy wide receivers DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin. Things couldn't have gone better for the Redskins.

The Green Bay Packers have arguably the game's best pure passer in Pro Bowl quarterback Aaron Rodgers and many receivers capable of stretching the field. The Redskins are expected to change up things on defense Sunday at FedEx Field, and the talented Packers present even more challenges than the Eagles.

"They're throwing the ball 50, 60 times [a game], so we got to shut their passing game down," Rogers said. "The alignment, like we did last week, gonna have to be a part of shutting down him [Rodgers] scrambling, stopping the run and we'll need more guys back in the secondary helping us out."

Wide receivers Donald Driver and Greg Jennings each have three touchdown receptions. Rising tight end Jermichael Finley is 11th in the league with 301 yards receiving, and wideout James Jones has a 30-yard touchdown reception.

"Last week, they [Philadelphia] had two guys who could stretch the field and really go down field, this week they got four," Rogers said. "We still can jam 'em, but not a double jam. Cover-2, he [Rodgers] can read that easily. We've got to mix in a lot more coverages."

By Jason Reid  | October 7, 2010; 9:30 AM ET
Categories:  Carlos Rogers, DeAngelo Hall  
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Comments

they can't run at all, rush 3 and drop 8 all day.....

Posted by: zjfr2 | October 7, 2010 9:37 AM | Report abuse

Getting caught up here this morning...

Beep-Beep = French Fry Chef?

Posted by: PlayAction | October 7, 2010 9:22 AM | Report abuse

I wouldn't totally limit him to just Fry Guy, he has so many more responsibilities at MickyDee's, such as:
- flipping fries
- mopping floor
- cleaning up barf/poop from the children's play area
- uncloggin toilet, they say there's nobody better with a plunger
- scraping gum/boogers from under the tables

The list goes on and on. He is the MVP over there, multi-purpose, jack of all trades. Think of him as the Lorenzo Alexander of McDonalds!

I'm SO lovin' it!!!

Posted by: monk811 | October 7, 2010 9:42 AM | Report abuse

Good point. So is he the NIT? (NERD in Training?)

Posted by: monk811 | October 7, 2010 9:21 AM

I don't think so...this NERD seems to specialize in the salary cap...we prob won't here from him much...the other NERD likes to cruch numbers on the probabilities of crap we don't care about...so he is a perfect fit for RI.

Posted by: PlayAction | October 7, 2010 9:27 AM | Report abuse

So he was just the Substitute NERD. Man, so many NERD classifications, gets confusing up in here. How did Oger ever do it?

Posted by: monk811 | October 7, 2010 9:44 AM | Report abuse

Suicide week 5 - Colts or Chargers?

Posted by: Rypien11 | October 7, 2010 9:45 AM | Report abuse

Won't matter how many db's are out there Rodgers will either throw the ball to Cr22's man since he knows it won't get picked or he'll just chuck it to where Reed Doughty is supposed to be.

Posted by: Predator48 | October 7, 2010 9:45 AM | Report abuse

Won't matter how many db's are out there Rodgers will either throw the ball to Cr22's man since he knows it won't get picked or he'll just chuck it to where Reed Doughty is supposed to be.

Posted by: Predator48 | October 7, 2010 9:45 AM | Report abuse

Don't know if you've noticed but barring an injury these days Doughty is a special teamer....but to your other point, if I was playing us I'd have a set audible that whoever CR22 is lined up against they have an automatic check to a go route and I'd lob it there on him 5 to 10 times a game, at worst it will be incomplete but you'll get at least one or two completions or PIs.

Posted by: zjfr2 | October 7, 2010 9:49 AM | Report abuse

they can't run at all, rush 3 and drop 8 all day.....

Posted by: zjfr2 | October 7, 2010 9:37 AM | Report abuse

The best defense will be a good offense that sustains drives and keeps their offense on the bench.

Posted by: PortisPocketsStr8 | October 7, 2010 9:51 AM | Report abuse

My money says Durdy30 takes at least one, mebbe two of those stretchers outta contention.

\picturing Jackson pulling up short.. hehe

Posted by: DikShuttle | October 7, 2010 9:53 AM | Report abuse

Rogers said. "We still can jam 'em, but not a double jam."

I don't want Rogers near any play that includes the word "double". It is bound to end in disaster.

Posted by: HokiesSkins | October 7, 2010 9:55 AM | Report abuse

So he was just the Substitute NERD.

Posted by: monk811 | October 7, 2010 9:44 AM

He was a Pinch NERD.

Wow monk...that MCD post was one of your nastiest ever...poop, boogers, barf, clogged toilets...it had it all!

Posted by: PlayAction | October 7, 2010 9:57 AM | Report abuse

Said it before and I'll say it again: the Redskins need to key on the tight end. He has become a receiving threat because he is not staying in to block. Blitzing from his side is how you disrupt the passing game. Keeping Landry on him down field will keep them from throwing to him.

The Packers have such an un-intimidating run game, the Redskins should consider staying in a nickel defense much of the game. I like a four man front, sending the defenders rushing on every play and rotating them frequently to keep everyone fresh. The Green Bay offensive line isn't all that, should wear down over time and the Redskins defenders should grab a few sacks in this one. When they get to Rodgers they have to tackle the ball as Rodgers will cough it up. They get to Rodgers enough and that tight end will be dropping back to pass protect and won't be a part of the passing game at all.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | October 7, 2010 9:58 AM | Report abuse

Unemployment claims drop for 4th time in 5 weeks


The Obama Haters will be on all day complaining that since he's been president, lazy people have decided to work.

And it's all his fault.

Posted by: MistaMoe | October 7, 2010 9:58 AM | Report abuse

The Obama Haters will be on all day complaining that since he's been president, lazy people have decided to work.

And it's all his fault.

Posted by: MistaMoe

LMAO! Post of the week

Posted by: jm220 | October 7, 2010 10:02 AM | Report abuse

Unemployment claims drop for 4th time in 5 weeks

The Obama Haters will be on all day complaining that since he's been president, lazy people have decided to work.

And it's all his fault.

Posted by: MistaMoe | October 7, 2010 9:58 AM
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You do realize that a reduction in the number of new unemployment claims is just an indicator that our rate of descent has slowed? The actual number of people unemployed has grown, but that number is not growing at the same rate based on these new statistics. The bottom line is the economy is still in the toilet and no one is hiring: they just stopped firing.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | October 7, 2010 10:05 AM | Report abuse

"On offense, since 2008 (The Aaron Rodgers era), the Packers have ranked third in the NFL in average points scored over that time at 27.4 points per game. This dynamic offensive unit is comprised completely of "home-grown" players, players the Packers have either drafted or signed as college free agents."

This is an astonishing fact, when you look at the hodgepodge way the Skins have been put together over the past 15 or 20 years.

And it supports my theory that there's no authentic need to keep bringing in other team's declining stars, particularly those who were the face of a NFC East rival franchise.

Posted by: Alan4 | October 7, 2010 10:06 AM | Report abuse

Put CR22 on Greg Jennings so he can bump him off the line and hope for no double moves.

Put Dhall on Driver so he can jump the route ensuring driver dosent catch the ball so he dosent have to not tackle him.

Posted by: Stu27 | October 7, 2010 10:07 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: RedSkinHead | October 7, 2010 10:05 AM |

It's like that stuff in calculus - the first derivative is still negative but the second derivative is approaching zero. Or something like that.

Posted by: Rypien11 | October 7, 2010 10:09 AM | Report abuse


they can't run at all, rush 3 and drop 8 all day.....

Posted by: zjfr2 | October 7, 2010 9:37 AM | Report abuse

I think Haslett dares them to run the ball hoping that by doing so will disrupt their passing rhythm.

If we can stop the run with only 6 defenders in the box, then we have a chance.

My unknown X factor, who defends J. Finely?

Posted by: Devo2 | October 7, 2010 10:11 AM | Report abuse

Unemployment claims drop for 4th time in 5 weeks


The Obama Haters will be on all day complaining that since he's been president, lazy people have decided to work.

And it's all his fault.

Posted by: MistaMoe | October 7, 2010 9:58 AM |

So if lazy people are deciding to work does that mean we'll have a bunch of new posters?

Posted by: scampbell1975 | October 7, 2010 10:15 AM | Report abuse

You do realize that a reduction in the number of new unemployment claims is just an indicator that our rate of descent has slowed? The actual number of people unemployed has grown, but that number is not growing at the same rate based on these new statistics. The bottom line is the economy is still in the toilet and no one is hiring: they just stopped firing.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | October 7, 2010 10:05 AM |

Hey, don't let facts get in the way of the Obama lover's delusions. Besides, it's not his fault.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | October 7, 2010 10:17 AM | Report abuse

If we don't put any pressure on Rogers he's going to have a field day. We have seemed to have some difficulty generating pressure even with our thousands of blitzes. Gonna have to keep that guy off the field. Just like the week after.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | October 7, 2010 10:20 AM | Report abuse


Hey, don't let facts get in the way of the Obama lover's delusions. Besides, it's not his fault.

of course not, it's bush's fault, until another republican president takes office.

Posted by: hessone | October 7, 2010 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Hey, don't let facts get in the way of the Obama lover's delusions. Besides, it's not his fault.

Posted by: scampbell1975 |

Yeah we don't want facts get in the way of of showing that more jobs was lost under bush and the mess we are in is due to his two wars. one of which he lied about. no he didn't lie there really was wmd

Posted by: jm220 | October 7, 2010 10:22 AM | Report abuse

You do realize that a reduction in the number of new unemployment claims is just an indicator that our rate of descent has slowed? The actual number of people unemployed has grown, but that number is not growing at the same rate based on these new statistics. The bottom line is the economy is still in the toilet and no one is hiring: they just stopped firing.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | October 7, 2010 10:05 AM |

Hey, don't let facts get in the way of the Obama lover's delusions. Besides, it's not his fault.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | October 7, 2010 10:17 AM
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I would really like to believe that the economy is bouncing back, but most of what I see says we are still flatlining.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | October 7, 2010 10:24 AM | Report abuse

Like the movie said no religion no politics!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Flounder21 | October 7, 2010 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Anywho, over/under on holds on Orakpo? I say 3. Any takers?

Posted by: scampbell1975 | October 7, 2010 10:26 AM | Report abuse

Didn't ya'll get the memo? Obama has nothing to do with what's happening now, it's all Bush.


Here are some rules of thumb for ya:

If it's bad, it's Clinton/Bush's fault. (Bush apologists blamed Clinton for stuff well into Bush's second term).

If it's good, it's Clinton/Reagan's doing. (Clinton haters think the great economy under Clinton was all Reagan's doing).

When the next president takes office, we can begin crediting/blaming Obama.

Posted by: Alan4 | October 7, 2010 10:27 AM | Report abuse

Hey, don't let facts get in the way of the Obama lover's delusions. Besides, it's not his fault.

of course not, it's bush's fault, until another republican president takes office.

Posted by: hessone | October 7, 2010 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Isn't this what all Presidents/Politicians do? or is that lost on you?

Posted by: PortisPocketsStr8 | October 7, 2010 10:30 AM | Report abuse

Anywho, over/under on holds on Orakpo? I say 3. Any takers?

Posted by: scampbell1975 | October 7, 2010 10:26 AM

Do you mean the number of penalties he draws, or the number of times he gets held? Orakpo is the most held Redskin since Charles Mann.

Posted by: MColeman51 | October 7, 2010 10:31 AM | Report abuse

So he was just the Substitute NERD.

Posted by: monk811 | October 7, 2010 9:44 AM

He was a Pinch NERD.

Wow monk...that MCD post was one of your nastiest ever...poop, boogers, barf, clogged toilets...it had it all!

Posted by: PlayAction | October 7, 2010 9:57 AM | Report abuse

You know what they say, nice guys finish last, and get walked on! Just don't feel like taking anyone's sh*t anymore. All these holyer-than-thou people in here, feel like they are better than the rest of us. They are all NERDS!!!

Posted by: monk811 | October 7, 2010 10:32 AM | Report abuse

Anywho, over/under on holds on Orakpo? I say 3. Any takers?

Posted by: scampbell1975 | October 7, 2010 10:26

he will get held more than that but i say only 2 get called. i also say big al will cause at least 2 holding calls

Posted by: jm220 | October 7, 2010 10:32 AM | Report abuse

Anywho, over/under on holds on Orakpo? I say 3. Any takers?

Posted by: scampbell1975 | October 7, 2010 10:26

I'll take the over on that, their tackles are old and rugged. I'll say 4. Clifton will be nicknamed "Alex Barron" by the end of the game. Book It!

Posted by: monk811 | October 7, 2010 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Unemployment claims drop for 4th time in 5 weeks


The Obama Haters will be on all day complaining that since he's been president, lazy people have decided to work.

And it's all his fault.

Posted by: MistaMoe | October 7, 2010 9:58 AM | Report abuse
__________

I won't complain that he's forced lazy people to work, I'll just complain that he's a horrible president who's well on his way to causing significant damage to this country for generations to come.

Posted by: skinsfan713 | October 7, 2010 10:37 AM | Report abuse

Obama/Bush:

Meh. They both stink/stunk, respectively.

It's such a s cluster f on Capitol Hill, it isn't even worth discussing.

What we really need to think about are score predictions!

I was dead wrong regarding last week in picking the Eagles...I'll go,

Redskins 23
Packers 20

..since they are at home, and maybe can keep the mojo from the win.

..but who knows with this club.

Posted by: shaunsherman12 | October 7, 2010 10:39 AM | Report abuse

"Anywho, over/under on holds on Orakpo? I say 3. Any takers?"


This question might be an easy one given that this is a redskin blog.

And so, pick tthe best young 'backer from the 2009 draft:

a. Brian Cushing

b. Clay Matthews, jr.

c. Brian Orakpo

Moe rolls with Brian Matthews, jr.

That way, it get the best of three guys.

Posted by: MistaMoe | October 7, 2010 10:42 AM | Report abuse

skinsfan713:
re "causing significant damage to this country for generations to come."

Good lord son that's already been done- We'll be digging out of George Bush's mess for the next 40 years.

Posted by: richard_cranium | October 7, 2010 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Anywho, over/under on holds on Orakpo? I say 3. Any takers?

Posted by: scampbell1975 | October 7, 2010 10:26 AM

Do you mean the number of penalties he draws, or the number of times he gets held? Orakpo is the most held Redskin since Charles Mann.

Posted by: MColeman51 | October 7, 2010 10:31 AM

I mean how many times he causes a holding penalty on the other team. We could argue how many holds but it'll be difficult to count non calls.

It'll be interesting to see how many Clay Matthews generates...especially if Trent isn't in there.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | October 7, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

I'll go with 2 holding calls because of Orakpo.

Funny how we finally have a premier pass rusher, and other teams just hold him constantly.

Is this what are O line through all of its struggles should have been doing all this time? Just hold the suckers every play, and suck up a few holding calls in exchange for sacks? Seems to me we got a few holding calls, AND gave up a bunch of sacks in recent years....

Posted by: shaunsherman12 | October 7, 2010 11:13 AM | Report abuse

The Redskins cannot allow Rodgers to just sit in the pocket like they did Kolb in the 2nd half they must generate pressure and blitz from time to time without showing what they are doing

Posted by: BeatDontStop | October 7, 2010 11:36 AM | Report abuse

Rogers is in the bottom 10% of all NFL corners. He hasn't been able to hold balls throw into his hands for years and plays 15 yards off receivers to try and minimize the number of times he is beaten long. Also, just watch how amny times he stands around and looks at his teammates making and finishing off tackles. You NEVER see him as swarming to the pile like any good corner would do.
If they could get a 7th round pick for him the Skins should feel blessed!

Posted by: pd2710 | October 7, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse


I won't complain that he's forced lazy people to work, I'll just complain that he's a horrible president who's well on his way to causing significant damage to this country for generations to come.

Posted by: skinsfan713 | October 7, 2010 10:37 AM |


Hear ya load and clear

Posted by: hessone | October 7, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

I know it's obvious to some degree, but will SOMEBODY (Redskins staff, agent, friend, etc.) PLEASE stop Rogers from constantly laying out their upcoming game's cover strategies. The guy's rarely shows any common sense with the press and just spews what he's just heard in his practice meetings.

Posted by: ModDem | October 7, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

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