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Haynesworth Likes Line's Potential

Defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth and I were talking recently about the Redskins' defensive line and he thinks it could be the league's most formidable. That line is expected to be on display for the first time when Haynesworth plays Saturday against the Steelers.

"We've got a lot of talent and we've got depth, which is what you need," Haynesworth said. "Just look at Phil Daniels. He's the biggest end I've ever seen. We didn't have ends his size in Tennessee, and we've just got a lot of guys who can make plays. It definitely could be the best line I've ever played on."

The unit was productive last season as part of a defense that finished No. 4 overall, but lacked an intimidating presence. The Redskins lured Haynesworth from the Titans and drafted defensive end/strong-side linebacker Brian Orakpo, who has impressed from his first day of camp.

"Albert is like having the Jolly Green Giant in there and Orakpo brings that speed on the outside. As a quarterback, you don't like seeing one of those guys there and we have two of 'em," quarterback Jason Campbell said. "Having those guys will make a big difference for our defense and our team."

The Redskins also re-signed end/tackle Phillip Daniels, who suffered a season-ending knee injury on the opening day of camp last season. Haynesworth, Cornelius Griffin, Anthony Montgomery and Kedric Golston form a deep rotation at tackle. Andre Carter, Daniels, Orakpo and rookie Jeremy Jarmon are expected to provide consistent pressure from the edge, and the Redskins plan to use Lorenzo Alexander in the end-tackle roll Demetric Evans played so well last season.

"I'm glad they're on our team," Coach Jim Zorn said. "They stay fresh and the guys really care about playing. They're learning a lot from [defensive line coach] John Palermo, and [defensive coordinator] Greg Blache has been a defensive line coach. They've got great eyes and comments and encouragement - probably tough encouragement as well.

"They have all that and they're improving as we go along. I'm really excited about how hard they work. They know they're in a rotation, so they can let it all out knowing they're going to be rotated in a way that keeps them all fresh."

By Jason Reid  |  August 18, 2009; 5:50 AM ET
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First :)

Posted by: RedCherokee | August 18, 2009 6:01 AM | Report abuse

I was indeed referring to the Hurricane, a reddish beverage for which Pat O'Brien's is known. Looks kinda like Kool-Aid.
Beep beep and good morning.

Posted by: CindyBoren | August 18, 2009 5:59 AM

Yeah, but you've never actually tasted one of them have you, Ms. Boren?

Posted by: talent_evaluator | August 18, 2009 6:06 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: RedCherokee | August 18, 2009 6:12 AM | Report abuse

Haynesworth is definitely going to be interesting to see. We haven't had that caliber of player since Dave Butz. No kidding. Dan "Big Daddy" Wilkinson comes close. Never forgot his 88 yard TD romp.

Posted by: RedCherokee | August 18, 2009 6:32 AM | Report abuse

Dan "Big Daddy" Wilkinson comes close. Never forgot his 88 yard TD romp.

Posted by: RedCherokee | August 18, 2009 6:32 AM

That was a great play. Hopefully Haynesworth pulls off a gem like that this year.

I just hope the D-line is as disruptive as advertised...this team has a track record of talking much bigger than it plays.

Posted by: brownwood26 | August 18, 2009 6:40 AM | Report abuse

Eh, it's still the preseason but this sounds exciting!

Posted by: charley42 | August 18, 2009 7:14 AM | Report abuse

Tears formed in the corner of Daniels's eyes as the words of Greg O'Quin 'N Joyful Noize played in his headset. The strongest man on the roster -- able to squat 722 pounds in one of those must-click YouTubes -- let it go.

The most I ever went was 510 pounds. I can’t even imagine another 212 pounds and being able to squat that.

Posted by: jm220 | August 18, 2009 7:22 AM | Report abuse

Wow...just a couple months at NFLN and JLC is already getting scooped by the analysts:

"Bombshell alert" issued as to the Broncos
Posted by Mike Florio on August 17, 2009 9:20 PM ET
Jamie Dukes of NFL Network has dropped a hint, Twitter style, that big news might soon be emerging from Broncos' camp.

Specifically, Dukes says there's a "BOMBSHELL ALERT COMING OUT OF DENVER."

Dukes later offered this clue: "No one died if that's what you're worried about but i just don't know what they are thinking."

He also says that "Jason LaCanfora is working the story and will be posting it on his blog late tonight."

Our guess is that the Broncos are either trading Brandon Marshall or taking some sort of action against him based on the perception that he's in some way embellishing an injury that has kept him out of action for most of camp.

It's also possible that they are signing Brett Favre.

We haven't asked Jay Glazer to make a prediction on that one.


The only thing about which we're reasonably certain at this point is that La Canfora had better get his ass in gear, because thanks to Dukes the fox hunt is on.

Posted by: brownwood26 | August 18, 2009 7:22 AM | Report abuse

brownie--Jasno posted that the Broncos had apologized to Marshall for dissing him. How was he "scooped"?

As between the Broncos' FO and the Redskins, I'd choose the Redskins. Not that I have a choice, but the Broncos are a huge mess.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | August 18, 2009 7:29 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: TWISI | August 18, 2009 8:13 AM | Report abuse

Maybe the redskins can trade some of these Dline guys for Oline guys of they can workout with Bugel.I mean if he such a guru why cant they take Golston and put him along the Oline somewhere? Thats my idea.

Posted by: firemetalrat | August 18, 2009 8:43 AM | Report abuse

jm220 i am assuming you must have either been a college ball player and a big one at that or a power lifter of some sort
as an avid weightlifter i can say a 510 lb squat in the bucket full range of motion is very very very hard....... so i would like to hear more about this super human strength you have so I dont have to call BS.....

Posted by: cosmiccatnip1 | August 18, 2009 9:41 AM | Report abuse

maybe they didnt see the giants line the last preseason game..... i hope skins like can atleast be like that...

Posted by: cocodc1 | August 18, 2009 9:43 AM | Report abuse

no mention of renaldo wynn... ouch...

Posted by: jimmy_the_crickett | August 18, 2009 9:59 AM | Report abuse

Notable omission of Renaldo Wynn makes me wonder if the drafting of Jarmon in the supplemental draft means his roster spot is at risk. The Skins likely won't keep more than 4 true ends and Daniels, Carter, Orakpo, and Jarmon are givens (Jarmon since we used our No. 3 next year to select him in the supplemental draft).

If you count Orakpo as a LB (which may be the case), that would mean Alexander and Wynn are competing for the final spot on the line. It's a nice problem to have, but I can't see the Skins keeping Wynn over a versatile young guy like Alexander.

Posted by: wizfan89 | August 18, 2009 10:15 AM | Report abuse

Previously posted.

Skins Fans!
I see dead people, I see dead offenses, I see evil, I see organized mayhem, I see body bag games.
Let me be the first to apologize to McNabb, Romo, and Eli.
Sorry for your aching back, your broken leg, your swollen arm and your broken jaw.
Mr Orakpo, Sir Haynesworth, Comrade Griffin, Senior Daniels, Chief Rocky, Sergent Carter
and "His Royal Knight" Sir London;
Let it be written: the Burgundy looks like blood on your opponents quarterbacks, and the gold?
Let it shine in the end zone for yet another defensive touch down celebration!


Posted by: abxinc | August 18, 2009 10:17 AM | Report abuse

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