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Redskins' Defense Prepares to Step Up Again

Frustrated about their undisciplined performance in a 19-14 loss to the lowly Detroit Lions in Week 3, the Redskins got back to basics on defense. Coaches and players ratcheted up their efforts and refocused on the details of their work, and the results, for the most part, have been positive for Washington. In the last two games, opponents have averaged 238.5 total net yards against the Redskins.

Washington defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 16-13, and lost to the Carolina Panthers, 20-17, but the defense was not the problem. With major injuries along the offensive line and a deteriorating running game, it seems the Redskins' defense again must carry the offense Sunday against the Chiefs.

"We feel good that our guys, the last couple of weeks, we've played pretty good together," said secondary coach Jerry Gray, who addressed the media after practice at Redskins Park in the second week of his new role as the spokesman for the defense.

"We understand what we have and what we're trying to accomplish on the football field. And the thing we've got to do is, we've got to keep putting those games together. Two is not good enough if you want to be a really, really good defense."

The Redskins were opportunistic on defense the last two games. They pressured quarterbacks consistently, forced and recovered fumbles and intercepted passes. Producing turnovers is the sign the Redskins' defense is back on track after being momentarily derailed, Gray said.

"You're getting turnovers, you're getting deep into other people's territory, you're getting sacks on a consistent basis," Gray said. "And then the coverage and the pressure is going hand-in-hand. You're not saying, 'Well, we were almost there.' Now, we're actually getting there, and we've got good coverage. Those are things that you see. When you're actually on the same page, you see coverage and pressure there at the same time."

KC Injury Update

Kent Babb (@kb_kcstar) tweets: Chiefs LT Branden Albert (ankle) was walking laps around practice field, wearing walking boot. Doesn't look good for Sunday.

From the Bog

Dan Steinberg tuned in to listen to Jon Gruden on the radio this morning and he discussed those Redskins and Louisville rumors. ... The Bog also has Tre' Johnson's take on the team.

By Jason Reid  |  October 15, 2009; 2:40 PM ET
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Comments

This will be a 13-10 slobberknocker... whoever sucks less wins.

Posted by: Rypien11 | October 15, 2009 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Breaking News:

6-year-old floats away in home made flying saucer in Colorado, soars over 7,000 feet...

Posted by: 4-12 | October 15, 2009 2:57 PM | Report abuse

I might boot if they can't get around Alpert's replacement and sack that Brady wannabe!

Posted by: ElYeah | October 15, 2009 3:03 PM | Report abuse

What??? Putting a franchise tag on a player means he must be offered a one-year contract for an amount no less than the average of the top five salaries at the player's position as of a date in April of the current (or previous according to type of franchise) year. Do you have any idea what it would cost the Skins to pay Campbell.. a guy they don't want... the average of the top five salaries at QB??? No one will offer a first rounder so they would be stuck paying Campbell a boat load of money.. and I thought you wanted to sign good OLmen.. where would that money come from if it's all going to Campbell??


Posted by: sovine08 | October 15, 2009 2:51 PM | Report abuse

If there's no cap in 2010 then what does it matter? He's only around for 1 year. If you sign a decent vet you're stuck with him for multiple years and many of them after the cap comes back.

Posted by: PAskinsfan17 | October 15, 2009 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Lets play all the young Guys after this loss KC is playing with a lot of confidence since taking dallas to overtime.. I can see it now score at halftime 10-7 kc on top and then jigsaw(ZORN) comes out at halftime and runs a tightend reverse "that will reall ctach the Chiefs off guard what a DONKEY

Posted by: chinngy23 | October 15, 2009 3:06 PM | Report abuse

beep beep

Posted by: dcsween | October 15, 2009 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Now we have to run TE screens to Fred Giggles and slants (pick 6 waiting to happen). Our offense can and will only consist of screens and slants and dives. Which may be better for Jason Fumbell.

Posted by: BrooklynSkins | October 15, 2009 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Dan Snyder needs to make two statements.

1) I am not a Scientologist
2) I support Jim Zorn

He can't/will not say either.

Snyder is a concessions marketer. He makes his money on corn syrup, crap beer and crappy food. Don't to go Fedex and fork over money for it.

Posted by: BrooklynSkins | October 15, 2009 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Who in hell's name appointed Deangelo Hall spokesman for this team? He is part of the cancer that Snyder has created - a huge dollar player who has not shown any coverage skills at all but several times has been in the right place to make an interception. He cannot tackle a slow QB like Delhomme but he opens his yap as though he is a team leader. Give me break. He is nothing and should not be heard from.

Posted by: getitritegov | October 15, 2009 5:52 PM | Report abuse

OK, the defense has limited opponents to an average of 238.5 yrds. This against one team that had 68 yrds the entire game the previous week. So what do you think happens when Philly, Dallas, and New York come to town? Let alone Atlanta, New Orleans, and San Diego all teams that can put up a lot of points in a hurry. At least they don't have to go to Denver. Albert may end up slowed from carrying the oxygen tank on his back.

Posted by: elkiii_2008 | October 15, 2009 11:59 PM | Report abuse

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