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Orakpo, defense learn from Cowboys' game

The Green Bay Packers had five sacks and pressured quarterback Tony Romo throughout their 17-7 victory last week over the Dallas Cowboys.

Redskins defensive end Andre Carter has eight sacks, rookie defensive end/strong-side linebacker Brian Orakpo has seven and Cowboys starting right tackle Marc Colombo is sidelined for the remainder of the season because of a broken left fibula. Romo has been sacked 22 times overall, third-year tackle Doug Free will make his first career start Sunday against the Redskins at Cowboys Stadium and Washington's improved pass rush has provided reason for optimism in a battle of NFC East rivals, players said.

"We feel like our pass rush has been definitely a strength for us this season, especially lately," middle linebacker London Fletcher said. "Andre and Brian have been able to create a lot of pressure on the quarterback and also been able to get some sacks. The back end, when we cover well and make the quarterback hold on to the ball, as opposed to having the opportunity to just get the ball out his hand, they're able to get there.
Obviously, that's something we want to be able to do."

Carter already has doubled his sack total from last season. Orakpo has been a force as an edge rusher while also splitting time at linebacker. Orakpo got his first NFL sack in Week 3 against the Detroit Lions.

In his last two games, Orakpo has been credited with 3.5 sacks. "Just reading my keys, studying and just basically getting after it," Orakpo said of his increased productivity recently. "Obviously, it took me a while to start getting sacks at the beginning of the season, but now once you get one they start coming in bunches, as the phrase says. I'm just trying to keep improving every week."

Orako often could face Free in one-on-one matchups Sunday. Free only has appeared in 10 games in his career - one before this season. "Oh, yeah? Wow," Orakpo said of Free's limited experience. "It's going to be fun, though.

"You got a guy that gets to come in and block us. We've been doing a good job putting pressure all year. We're going to try to continue that this week."

The Redskins, and Orakpo in particular, paid close attention to the tape of the Cowboys-Packers game. Orakpo was encouraged by the strong performance of Packers rookie strong-side linebacker Clay Matthews, who had a sack and was in the Cowboys' backfield often.

"Oh, yeah, that one particular film we watched," he said. "Green Bay gave 'em a lot of different looks. I seen another rookie of mine, Clay Matthews, really getting after it as well, and we've just got to keep 'em on their toes."

By Jason Reid  |  November 19, 2009; 1:41 PM ET
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Sometimes, da blog reeks of stupid sports fans.

Today is one of those days.

Tony Homo.

fargin' hilarious...

Posted by: Chia_Pet | November 19, 2009 1:55 PM | Report abuse

chia, we get it, you've made your point...

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | November 19, 2009 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Orakpo and Haynesworth take turns stomping Tony Homo.

Posted by: VegasJim | November 19, 2009 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Adam Schein on Orakpo vs Oher

7. Washington should've picked Michael Oher over Brian Orakpo.

Even with all of the injuries up front and Oher's brilliant play on the Ravens offensive line, this is a bust.

Orakpo was a steal for Washington and I still can't believe he fell to 13 in the draft. Orakpo dominated Denver's sturdy offensive line last Sunday. The defensive end/linebacker (or simply just call him "the weapon") has 7 sacks in his rookie season. Just like when he starred in college at Texas, Orakpo has the knack for the big play, while being a very consistent tackler. In talking to Orakpo on Tuesday, he sounded like a 10-year veteran, tuning out the negativity in Washington, solely focused on winning and the latest challenge of beating the Cowboys.

Now, Oher is a star. He's very much in consideration for Offensive Rookie of the Year. Buffalo should've picked him. Detroit, with their second first-round pick, too. We discussed Oakland, Cleveland, San Diego and others at the time of the draft. But you cannot fault Washington. They got a winner at the college level who, as a result, is wise beyond his years as a pro.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | November 19, 2009 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Damn it Haze, you said light in your loafers - are you trying to start something?

Posted by: JohnDinHouston | November 19, 2009 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Sure, his name is asking for it.

Just like in "Meet The Parents," where Ben Stiller's name is Gaylord Focker, and they laugh at him being 'Gay Focker.'

I don't recall anyone getting their panties in a bunch over THAT, and this is no different.

Posted by: MrRedskin21 | November 19, 2009 1:54 PM

---------

One difference:

It's a comedic play on words.

Offensive? Yes.

Funny? I don't think so, but whateves, some folks might think that's craaaaaaazy funny.

You all are just stoooooooooooopid.

Posted by: Chia_Pet | November 19, 2009 2:03 PM | Report abuse

zcezcest1

"Now, Oher is a star. He's very much in consideration for Offensive Rookie of the Year."


I'm past who or what was not drafted this past spring.

I will say that Orakpo will be a star--and Defensive Rookie of the Year as his sack totals increase.

And whereas I was more for drafting Oher, I'm glad we got Rak--we'll get a tackle in the draft or free agency.

Or both.

Posted by: MistaMoe | November 19, 2009 2:04 PM | Report abuse

by all means don't lower yourself to this level....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | November 19, 2009 2:04 PM | Report abuse

repost

If the OT are gone, and the skins can't trade back, I'd rather Spiller than a rookie QB.

Posted by: TWISI | November 19, 2009 1:09 PM

Depending on who's available they'll have needs at OLB, CB, FS, OG and C as well. I don't know how good Spiller is but he's listed at 195 lbs. That's kinda small for a RB behind a crappy OL.

Posted by: skinswest | November 19, 2009 1:56 PM

Posted by: skinswest | November 19, 2009 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2009 - 3:29 p.m. ET
Sporting News draft expert Russ Lande and his team of former NFL scouts produce their 2010 mock draft, with the order based on current records (*-underclassman):

...

8. Redskins: C.J. Spiller, RB, Clemson
RB Clinton Portis is approaching the 30-year-old wall, and Ladell Betts is best suited to be a backup. Spiller, with his running and receiving skills, could revitalize QB Jason Campbell's career.

Posted by: ga8085 | November 19, 2009 12:54 PM |

First some numnutz from ESPN produces a ridiculous puff piece on Camp and now this shti. "revitalize his career"? What career? What was previous vital that is now going to be revital? The dud ain't even going to be on the team next year for Chrissakes.

Posted by: MrPink | November 19, 2009 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Fedorem, take Fargas. Leads the team in carries in 2009; averages 4.1 ypc over career and was a player at USC. And he's Huggy Bear's son.

Posted by: Realness1 | November 19, 2009 2:05 PM | Report abuse

well, that just seals the deal; gotta have Huggy Bear's son!

Posted by: JohnDinHouston | November 19, 2009 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Trent Williams

book it.

Posted by: Curzon417 | November 19, 2009 2:08 PM | Report abuse

mista -- I agree. Round 1 is where you take best available in a position of great need. We needed both OL and a pash rusher. I was fine with the call to pick Orakpo.

Turns out, Oher was also a good call.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | November 19, 2009 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Chia,

I see your point, but true progress would be when everyone can speak their mind, and the words used have no power because those they are used against don't let them stick.

Asking everyone to zip their traps so as not to be offensive is only a short term solution that kicks the long term problem down the road, and is akin to cleaning your room by sweeping the mess under the bed. Just because people aren't saying it, doesn't mean they don't believe it. Better to have it all out there for discussion so we can deal with our demons, than silence all speech, however bigoted, on the subject.

Posted by: shaunsherman12 | November 19, 2009 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Repost

Posted by: shaunsherman12 | November 19, 2009 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Damn it Haze, you said light in your loafers - are you trying to start something?
Posted by: JohnDinHouston | November 19, 2009 2:02 PM

Hey, I ain’t tryin to start nuthin…….It’s not like I said Romo likes Pumpkin milkshakes or anything.

Although he probably does.

Posted by: dlhaze1 | November 19, 2009 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Don

Posted by: DikShuttle | November 19, 2009 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Turns out, Oher was also a good call.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | November 19, 2009 2:08 PM |

Plus there is a movie coming out of his life story. Don't know of any Orakpo flick.

Posted by: MrPink | November 19, 2009 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Rickles

Posted by: DikShuttle | November 19, 2009 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Orakpo is a straight up beast.

Posted by: Salinas1 | November 19, 2009 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Can't argue with that, sherman.

I'm not asking anybody to zip it, just pointing out bigotry, feeble mindedness, and folks mistaking "funny" for ingrained, institutionalized intolerance when and where I see it, even when they can't see it in themselves.

Hey, and I'm not perfect either.

Nuff said.

HTTR.

Posted by: Chia_Pet | November 19, 2009 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Build a line before even getting a running back.

I say they need to come out of the first day of the draft with 2 linemen!

Posted by: alex35332 | November 19, 2009 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Trent Williams

book it.

Posted by: Curzon417 | November 19, 2009 2:08 PM |

Why not Treat Williams?

Posted by: MrPink | November 19, 2009 2:14 PM | Report abuse

The sacks that Grean Bay got were mostly due to an aggressive blitz package, and Blatche seems to be allergic to the blitz.

Posted by: yampaco | November 19, 2009 2:16 PM | Report abuse

The sacks that Grean Bay got were mostly due to an aggressive blitz package, and Blatche seems to be allergic to the blitz.

Posted by: yampaco | November 19, 2009 2:16 PM | Report abuse

because we have tom cruise...

Posted by: Curzon417 | November 19, 2009 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Sure Gay Focker is "a comedic play on words." So is Tomy Romo/Tony Homo.

The fact that YOU may not find one or both funny doesn't change that fact.

Lighten up, Francis.

Posted by: MrRedskin21 | November 19, 2009 2:17 PM | Report abuse

I say they need to come out of the first day of the draft with 2 linemen!

Posted by: alex35332 | November 19, 2009 2:13 PM

First, we need to see what happens in free agency.

Posted by: League-Source | November 19, 2009 2:18 PM | Report abuse

I say they need to come out of the first day of the draft with 2 linemen!

Posted by: alex35332 | November 19, 2009 2:13 PM

The first day in this draft is only round 1

Posted by: TWISI | November 19, 2009 2:18 PM | Report abuse

sometimes it pays to be lucky instead of good. mark colombo, the cowboys RT, broke his leg last week vs Green Bay. flozell adams, the LT, looks old and slow because he is old and slow.

If events had played out in a slightly different sequence, the cowboys probably sign Levi Jones instead of us. Jones would be their best OT at this point, instead of our best OT.

Neither Cerrato or jerruh deserve any praise for letting Levi Jones go unclaimed so long with their repsective OLs.

Fortunately, Jones is here, not there.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | November 19, 2009 2:19 PM | Report abuse

The problem isn't the insult or the joke. It's how the audience takes it. If you think it isn't funny, it isn't. If you see the humor, it is.

Gilbert Godfried following up his ill-timed 9/11 joke w/ the Aristocrats... funny? Maybe yes, maybe no - but it is valid humor. So much so that the phrase "too soon" uttered in the audience is now a standard tag line to admittedly ill-timed jokes.

Why is it ok for Kathy Griffith to flame fag jokes all day long to an adoring gay audience? Because they think it's funny.

If you're offended by someone's attempt at humor, by all means, complain. It's your prerogative. But to call out everyone who buys the humor is just incorrect....

Do I get offended when "stuff white people like" stereotypes me? No. I laugh. 'Cause it's funny.

Posted by: DikShuttle | November 19, 2009 2:20 PM | Report abuse

beep peeps

Posted by: Curzon417 | November 19, 2009 2:22 PM | Report abuse

from the scouts or mistamoe?

8. Redskins: C.J. Spiller, RB, Clemson

Spiller, with his running and receiving skills, could revitalize QB Jason Campbell's career.


I'm glad to see the ESPN footballheads are cribbing my posts.

I hope they follow through on this one: FIRE CHRIS BERMAN!!!

Posted by: MistaMoe | November 19, 2009 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Hey, and I'm not perfect either.

Posted by: Chia_Pet | November 19, 2009 2:13 PM |

You a dipsticker. Mebbe even a drillbit. Heh, heh.

Posted by: MrPink | November 19, 2009 2:25 PM | Report abuse

blip, blip

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | November 19, 2009 2:25 PM | Report abuse

F the Cowchokes!

Posted by: VegasJim | November 19, 2009 2:30 PM | Report abuse

I say they need to come out of the first day of the draft with 2 linemen!

Posted by: alex35332 | November 19, 2009 2:13 PM


I agree that we need linemen but squandering draft pick value is not the correct course of action either. I mean if you are picking 8th overall and the next tackle on the board is projected to go in the second why not fill another need and get that tackle in the second? There is a huge dropoff in talent this year and a bunch of third tier tackles.

I'd take Russell Okung top 5.

Brian Bulaga, Bruce Campbell top 15.

Everyone else can wait until the second round.

Kristofer O'Dowd
Charles Brown
Trent Williams
Anthony Davis
Ciron Black

Heck in the 4th round I'd take Selvish Capers, Zane Beadles, Matt Tennant, or Adam Ulatoski.

Posted by: PAskinsfan17 | November 19, 2009 2:31 PM | Report abuse

There's no movie about Orakpo because it would be unbelievable how awesome he is and people would think it's all fake.

Posted by: Keiser | November 19, 2009 2:33 PM | Report abuse

mista -- I agree. Round 1 is where you take best available in a position of great need. We needed both OL and a pash rusher. I was fine with the call to pick Orakpo.

Turns out, Oher was also a good call.

Posted by: zcezcest1

A "push" to be sure, both are very fine pros. But you KNOW Snyder is grinding his teeth over lost jersey sales that wpi;d have come from the free pub associated with Oher in "The Blidn Side."

Posted by: TheCork | November 19, 2009 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Hey guys, it's the middle of Dal Ass week. and your discussing next years draft, you can do that any day up until next April. Just gets a little redundant, we all know that we need help on the Oline. But it will be a long time until we even know what pick it will be. Vinny will probably mess that up anyway.

Posted by: VegasJim | November 19, 2009 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Someone turn on spam guard for Chia_Pet.
Your point was made long, long ago.

Posted by: hessone | November 19, 2009 4:12 PM | Report abuse

sometimes it pays to be lucky instead of good. mark colombo, the cowboys RT, broke his leg last week vs Green Bay. flozell adams, the LT, looks old and slow because he is old and slow.

If events had played out in a slightly different sequence, the cowboys probably sign Levi Jones instead of us. Jones would be their best OT at this point, instead of our best OT.

Neither Cerrato or jerruh deserve any praise for letting Levi Jones go unclaimed so long with their repsective OLs.

Fortunately, Jones is here, not there.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | November 19, 2009 2:19 PM


Are you serious with this post? What was Levi Jones on the market for so long if he was such a hot commodity? True, Dallas is thin at OL, but they can always swing Leonard Davis out to tackle and throw Montrae Holland in a guard if the game is too much for Doug Free to handle. Jerry isn't gonna sign a guy just to sign a guy...

Posted by: arizona4 | November 19, 2009 5:06 PM | Report abuse

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