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Landry is growing into role as free safety

Although free safety LaRon Landry often has been criticized for his performance this season, he has shown encouraging signs lately, especially in the Week 11 loss to the Dallas Cowboys.

In probably his best game of the season, Landry played extremely well in coverage and was credited with five tackles. Safeties coach Steve Jackson recently spoke with Landry about his approach to the position, and the coaching staff was pleased with Landry's outing against Dallas.

"We kind of talked to LaRon, and I thought Steve did a great job of getting LaRon to understand that he is a free safety," said secondary coach Jerry Gray, who speaks for the defense. "He has instincts and the natural ability to be a strong, aggressive guy. But as a free safety, you've got to be more calculated. You've got to be more risk-taking, but in the right time.

"You can't just waste a lot of bullets, and I thought he did a great job of not wasting plays like he did the week before [against the Denver Broncos]. I know guys want to play, but in your position as a free safety, you've got to be real disciplined. You can't jump everything you see, so it kind of takes the aggressiveness out of you. But when the ball is in the air, it's just as much yours as it is his."

Landry seems better suited to playing strong safety - the position at which he became an All-American in college and was selected sixth overall in the 2007 draft. But the reality is he's the best free safety on the roster. The Redskins believe they could have had the NFL's best safety tandem for a decade had Sean Taylor not died two years ago Friday, and I think they're right about that one.

By Jason Reid  |  November 26, 2009; 10:57 AM ET
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Comments

Yeah, but can this guy PLEASE stop with all the ridiculous posing? Make a tackle, break up a pass and get back to the huddle. He's done nothing to merit posing in this league, and if he had, he'd know it's unnecessary.
Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted by: Goldenfried | November 26, 2009 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Well said Golden!

Posted by: 1965skinsfan | November 26, 2009 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Happy Thanksgiving everybody. Gobble Gobble.

Posted by: edvar | November 26, 2009 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Happy Thanksgiving to all Hamsters across the country and the world!

Posted by: JohnDinHouston | November 26, 2009 11:41 AM | Report abuse

"Landry seems better suited to playing strong safety ...But the reality is he's the best free safety on the roster."


Yeah yeah yeah. He's also the best STRONG safety on the roster, and a waste of a draft pick, like so much other talent on this team.

Posted by: theduck | November 26, 2009 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Thats how you know people on RI is bitter. When they are complaining about a player posing. When defensive players break-up passes and make big hit to force incomletions they will pose, because it is a big thing liek ti is a big thing for the defensive line to get pressure and sacks, it is big for defensive backs to break passes up and do teh little things. Woudl you rather not make the plays and have him with his head down all the time or make the plays and showboat about it afterward.

Posted by: ATLredskin | November 26, 2009 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Once again a wasted draft pick??? Did you read the blog entry from J.Reid. Him and Sean Taylor was going to form the best safety duo in the league, Then the unfortunate happen and he had to adjust to FS. It wasn't until last week these defensive back coaches told Landry to stop playing FS like a SS and in that one week he have shown improvement. Another RI poster that is bitter...not suprised.

Posted by: ATLredskin | November 26, 2009 11:49 AM | Report abuse

Tough not to think of Sean Taylor and his family today.

Posted by: Cindy Boren | November 26, 2009 11:58 AM | Report abuse

I'd rather have him make a play on defense and get back to the huddle without looking like a jerk who's never made a play before.
Newsflash: Success and class are not mutually exclusive.
You ever heard of Alvin Walton? Nobody hit harder than him - and he laid out players a heck of a lot better than Roy Williams. He would make a play and he would go back to the huddle. With the rest of his successful, classy, winning teammates.
Get real, dude. And enjoy the stuffing.

Posted by: Goldenfried | November 26, 2009 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Yeah yeah yeah. He's also the best STRONG safety on the roster, and a waste of a draft pick, like so much other talent on this team.

Posted by: theduck

Only in Skinsville do we call say a player starting his 3rd year is a complete bust. He has shown flashes but definately needs to be consistent.

Some are critical of Fantasy Dan but yet, ask for the same player turnover that he has given us in the past.

Posted by: dcwun | November 26, 2009 12:18 PM | Report abuse

I think talking about LL dancing is very nit picky.... WIth so much on this team to complain about...LL is at the VERY bottom of what needs to replace.... I mean when u put a diamond in a big pile of dog SH$T....The diamond cant help but NOT shine!

Posted by: cocodc1 | November 26, 2009 12:21 PM | Report abuse


Thats how you know people on RI is bitter. When they are complaining about a player posing. When defensive players break-up passes and make big hit to force incomletions they will pose, because it is a big thing liek ti is a big thing for the defensive line to get pressure and sacks, it is big for defensive backs to break passes up and do teh little things. Woudl you rather not make the plays and have him with his head down all the time or make the plays and showboat about it afterward.


Posted by: ATLredskin


Yes ATL,

I "is" bitter.

Posted by: 1965skinsfan | November 26, 2009 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Coco,

I think the players today that prance and preen after doing what they are supposed to do is what turns off fans like me. I'm 44 and positive that many younger fans actually like that sort of display. I never will.

Posted by: 1965skinsfan | November 26, 2009 12:32 PM | Report abuse

LL needs to play SS. His talents are being wasted playing 30 yards off the line of scrimmage.

As for the all the jockulation. I'm not a fan, just like I'm not of all the bad angles, missed tackles, and cowardly play.

Yes he played his best game in 2 years last week but let us not forget the previous 9. How could you so easliy forget that he chose to dive at Michael Turner's ankles instead laying the wood.

RIP ST21

Posted by: Diesel44 | November 26, 2009 12:45 PM | Report abuse

Sean Taylor and Ryan Clark would have been the best tandem ever. Not Fruitcake Flake sh1tty30. Just wait until we see another bruising RB... he will whiff again.

Posted by: bhoang888 | November 26, 2009 1:02 PM | Report abuse

To 1965skinsfan

True... But more than likely if u replaced him.. the next person would do the same thing.. We are getting older.. The players are getting younger.. Its just a fact we have to live with.. And hope there great players also...;)

Posted by: cocodc1 | November 26, 2009 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Sean Taylor and Ryan Clark would have been the best tandem ever. Not Fruitcake Flake sh1tty30. Just wait until we see another bruising RB... he will whiff again.

Posted by: bhoang888

You can't possibly be serious about this. Ryan Clark whiffed on as many as LL does now. The one that clearly stands out is the OT loss to San Diego a few years back. You have to remember his half hearted attempt to tackled Tomlinson.

Posted by: dcwun | November 26, 2009 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Laron has one good game and here come the articles about how good he is. Laron has been a bust of a high draft pick so far. Dude dances around and talks trash after making a simple tackle. The season started in September...I guess somebody should have told Laron that.

Posted by: sjp879 | November 26, 2009 1:42 PM | Report abuse

rip 21.
happy tday.

Posted by: BMACattack | November 26, 2009 4:35 PM | Report abuse

You can't possibly be serious about this. Ryan Clark whiffed on as many as LL does now. The one that clearly stands out is the OT loss to San Diego a few years back. You have to remember his half hearted attempt to tackled Tomlinson.

Posted by: dcwun | November 26, 2009 1:35 PM

Did you have money on that game or something? How do you remember a play like that on a specific player when LT has made almost the whole nfl defense look stupid. Try to remember LT was the BEST RB in the game not too long ago.

As far as Clark vs. Landry, I'd take Ryan any day over that flake. I tend to like team players that travel light and not tote too much "baggage" like some dudes on this squad.

Posted by: bhoang888 | November 26, 2009 5:58 PM | Report abuse

The problem with LL is that he plays for a team that is always improvising, playing players out of position because they spend too much money on a select few starters to have NFL quality depth. Then, when the inevitable happens and someone goes down, we end up WASTING the talents of the guy who has to play in a way he isn't accustomed to. How many sacks would BO have if he wasn't getting burned in space by tight ends and running backs because he's playing LB instead of DE? Why don't we have a starting quality LB instead of wasting his talents? Same deal with LL. Its Vinny and Danny...Danny wants the stars and tries to get by with what he has in other areas and Vinny doesn't have the balls to tell him no because where else is he gonna get the same kinda gig? THATS THE PROBLEM WITH THIS TEAM - ACROSS THE BOARD

Posted by: scottmando | November 26, 2009 7:49 PM | Report abuse

I never said he was a bust, I said he was a wasted draft pick. Nothing like playing a player out of position and not up to his God-given potential in order to waste his talents, and therefore waste the pick. As a free safety LL comes nowhere close to elite, to Ed Reed or even a Brian Dawkins. How many interceptions has LL had? Two.

TWO!!!!!!!!!

Which is the same number of sacks he has had. Which is two more than any of us on this blog. Or my grandmother.

TWO.

Wasted pick. Don't argue with me on this one. The debate isn't even fair.

Posted by: theduck | November 26, 2009 10:34 PM | Report abuse

Before I forget, I understand "the plan" included ST21 (RIP). But now we have to adjust, and the best we can come up with is to play LL out of position? That makes as much sense as playing Orakpo out of position, but I digress.

Posted by: theduck | November 26, 2009 10:37 PM | Report abuse

i don't have a problem with landry dancing and posing...as long as he actually made a play that counts. i'd to see him play with more discipline. he tries to hard to be a playmaker instead of a "makeplayer". when you're 30 yards away from the play and you decide to take yourself out of position really drives me crazy. i'd also like to have him play better than roy williams. everyone praised williams for his jarring his but you'll notice he usually laid the wood to smaller players. when it came to bigger ball carriers, he played rather timid. a few years back on thanksgiving when dallas played miami, williams didn't want any piece of ricky williams. he went right for the shoe strings. ever since landry got trucked by jacobs, he hasn't been the same. i say, if you wanna be the team assassin, you'd better hit every opponent the same way no matter how big they are. many of you guys were right though...the coaches have him playing out of position. he's much better suited as a run stopping safety than playing in coverage. with a bit more maturity and guidance, i think he'll turn into the type of safety other teams will learn to fear. i sure wish those a-ss-holes didn't murder sean taylor. they've got to be the most hated people in skins history.

Posted by: charronegro1971 | November 26, 2009 10:49 PM | Report abuse

can't stop thinking about how this team would be different today if shaun hadn't met with a sad, untimely death. He was on track to becoming the new definition of what a redskin is. A lot to overcome, very sad to remember all this today, especially in the midst of such a difficult season. Here's to what could have been and to better days for those of us who lived through the previous run of not-so-good seasons that turned into 3 Lombardi's and a lot of great memories. Much work ahead and we, redskins nation deserve to get to that point again. HTTR and RIP 21. Happy TG to all!

Posted by: skinsfan8KaboveMSL | November 27, 2009 11:23 PM | Report abuse

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