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Palermo Seeks Balance for Defensive Line

Jason Taylor didn't fit in well with the Skins last season, in part, because he wasn't comfortable in the team's disciplined defense.

Taylor freelanced often during his long, successful first stint with Miami (he re-signed with the Dolphins in May), making big plays while following his instincts. Defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth also thrived going his own way at times during seven seasons with the Titans, and Skins coaches want him to be comfortable.

"I don't want to handcuff anybody," defensive line coach John Palermo said. "But yet, there are certain parts of our defense that you've got to be able to execute it and execute it, because the other 10 guys are doing what they're supposed to do. We've got to try to do that to the best of our abilities.

"But we've also got to try to just keep working him fundamentally, [and] try to make him understand the overall scheme of the defense. We also want to turn him loose and let him play. I also think there's certain things that we do that are tailored for that, so that we can free him up and let him turn it loose a little more often."

By Jason Reid  |  August 1, 2009; 7:30 AM ET
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Posted by: rich20ssu | August 1, 2009 7:33 AM | Report abuse

Great way to start a post and ruin a Saturday morning with these FIRST words: JASON TAYLOR.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | August 1, 2009 7:33 AM | Report abuse

Great way to start a post and ruin a Saturday morning with these FIRST words: JASON TAYLOR.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | August 1, 2009 7:33 AM | Report abuse

Hopefully we want be seeing these words later today: Brandon Loyd, Adam Archeleta.

Posted by: RedskinJim1 | August 1, 2009 7:59 AM | Report abuse

As it stands, the overall scheme of the defense is to plug the gaps and let the linebackers make the tackle. If that doesn't change, the money spent on Big Albert will be a complete waste. When will Danny Boy learn?? Hey Hey Hey.

Posted by: donsilvester | August 1, 2009 8:04 AM | Report abuse

If that doesn't change, the money spent on Big Albert will be a complete waste. When will Danny Boy learn?? Hey Hey Hey.

Posted by: donsilvester | August 1, 2009 8:04 AM

Aren't you confused here? The question is when will the coaches learn. Snyder gives them the best D lineman in the league and it's their responsibility, not his, to use him effectively.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | August 1, 2009 8:07 AM | Report abuse

Aren't you confused here? The question is when will the coaches learn. Snyder gives them the best D lineman in the league and it's their responsibility, not his, to use him effectively.

Posted by: talent_evaluator

Yup.

Posted by: RedCherokee | August 1, 2009 8:14 AM | Report abuse

Hope Blache saw that. lol

Posted by: RedCherokee | August 1, 2009 8:16 AM | Report abuse

Jason Taylor. Ouch!

1. Wasn't worth a 2nd round draft pick.
2. He was supposed to be a replacement for Phillip Daniels (or was it Daniel Phillips? ... hold on, let me get my penny out ... it was Phillip Daniels) but it was swapping out a run stopper and swapping in pass rusher.
3. He never fit in defensively. Was there a discussion about this amongst Blache and Cerrato? Did Taylor not get with the program? Who knows?
4. He was old, got injured and played only half a season, if that.

Posted by: LibertyValence | August 1, 2009 8:16 AM | Report abuse

Hey Mayor,

Next time you see Palermo please remind him what we really need is sacks, not balance. Let's seek some sacks this year.

Posted by: isnadd | August 1, 2009 8:17 AM | Report abuse

Jason Taylor was a gamble. Simply put. The Skins struck out when he refused to attend OTA's.

Posted by: RedCherokee | August 1, 2009 8:20 AM | Report abuse

Jason Taylor was a gamble. Simply put. The Skins struck out when he refused to attend OTA's.

Posted by: RedCherokee | August 1, 2009 8:20 AM |

It wasn't a very intelligent gamble and it was over before the season ended.

Posted by: LibertyValence | August 1, 2009 8:27 AM | Report abuse

"Let's seek some sacks this year."

In the battle between sacks, hurries, and pressures, we'll take more of the last two.

Sacks are nice, but hurries and pressures often become interceptions returned for big gains or touchdowns.


Posted by: MistaMoe | August 1, 2009 8:31 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: MistaMoe
In the battle between sacks, hurries, and pressures, we'll take more of the last two. Sacks are nice, but hurries and pressures often become interceptions returned for big gains or touchdowns.

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Are you serious? Sacks are far more definitive, end a play, lead to fumbles, loss of yardage. We'll take sacks.

Posted by: isnadd | August 1, 2009 8:38 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: MistaMoe
In the battle between sacks, hurries, and pressures, we'll take more of the last two. Sacks are nice, but hurries and pressures often become interceptions returned for big gains or touchdowns.

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Are you serious? Sacks are far more definitive, end a play, lead to fumbles, loss of yardage. We'll take sacks.

Posted by: isnadd

I'll take both.

Posted by: RedCherokee | August 1, 2009 8:40 AM | Report abuse

Nice lead with Jason Taylor.

Hey guys...what's the latest on Favre??

Posted by: p1funk | August 1, 2009 9:01 AM | Report abuse

I hate to be negative, but...

beep beep

Posted by: talent_evaluator | August 1, 2009 9:12 AM | Report abuse

The rush creates the pressure, but a sack is often the result of 1) good coverage in the secondary, or 2) a QB who holds the ball too long (maybe as a result of the first). Jason Campbell and Ben Roethlisberger get sacked more than other QBs not just because of their lines, but because they hold the ball longer -- Jason holds it because he's avoiding an INT, and Ben because he keeps thinking somebody is going to come open any second...

I bring this up because if your defense is lucky enough to face either one, your sack total could get a boost, whether you deserve it or not.

Another team that gave up a lot of sacks was New England. That was also the QB as well as a line that didn't pass block that well.

If you get consistent pressure, IMO that's the source of INTs. The DB gets the credit but the rush deserves it.

Posted by: Samson151 | August 1, 2009 9:20 AM | Report abuse

So, the Danny give the coaches one of the best D'linemen in the league and they're supposed to just let him do what he does? And the other ten guys are supposed to just stand around to cover him when he screws up?

This is the mistake that Snyder keeps making. Its not about getting the "best" players out there. Its about getting players whose strengths compliment each other then building a scheme around them. If you have a bunch of disparate pieces you'll have a bad team no matter how good one or two superstars are.

Posted by: elkiii_2008 | August 1, 2009 10:30 AM | Report abuse

@elkiii_2008 -- I think you're missing the point. The job is not to let players who want to freelance to freelance, but to get the most out of those players as well as those who are disciplined.

talent said that "it's their responsibility, not his, to use him effectively." The key is *effectively*.

At least Dale Lindsay is gone.

Posted by: WorstSeat | August 1, 2009 11:52 AM | Report abuse

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