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Loss of Taylor Changes Redskins' Approach

Jason Reid writes:

With Pro Bowl left end Jason Taylor sidelined indefinitely while recovering from emergency surgery to relieve compartment syndrome in his left leg, the Dallas Cowboys are expected to focus on right end Andre Carter. It would be surprising if Dallas did not double-team Carter and have running backs and tight ends help against him in pass protection.

Versatile defensive lineman Demetric Evans will start in place of Taylor, and defensive coordinator Greg Blache also plans to rely on Erasmus James and Chris Wilson in a rotation at left end. But without Taylor in the lineup, Carter is considered the Redskins' top edge rusher, and the Cowboys figure to make things as difficult as possible for him.

"Of course, when it comes to losing a starter, you'll never replace a starter like Jason," Carter said. "And it could be a while. It's something serious, so we don't know.

"But through my career, when you play against an opponent who is a nonstarter, those are the guys you have to watch out for because they play twice as hard."

Carter, who has one sack, led the Redskins with 10½ last season. When the Redskins acquired Taylor from Miami in late July, Coach Jim Zorn and Blache said they envisioned Carter and Taylor forming one of the NFL's top edge-rushing tandems.

But Taylor, who also has one sack, has been slowed because of the sprained right knee he suffered Aug. 23 in a preseason game against the Carolina Panthers. In last Sunday's 24-17 victory over the Arizona Cardinals, Taylor was kicked in the left calf, which led to him undergoing a career-saving procedure to drain blood from his leg.

Taylor could be out "a couple of months," he said, prompting Blache to shuffle things along the defensive line. The loss of Taylor - who has started in 133 consecutive regular-season games and has not missed a game since 1999 - prompted Blache to promote Evans, but Evans also lines up inside next to defensive tackle Lorenzo Alexander in nickel situations.

Concerned about Evans wearing down, Blache hopes Wilson, a third-down rush specialist, and James, still recovering from major knee problems, help to provide a boost. And interior lineman Cornelius Griffin and Kedric Golston, who provided a good push in the middle against the Cardinals, must contribute similarly against the Cowboys' massive offensive line, the Redskins said.

"It's going to be like a D Line by committee," Alexander said. "Chris Wilson, myself, Erasmus, Griffin, it's just been a lot of guys rotating in and out, depending on the situation. We're going to have to rotate a lot to keep people fresh to get after" Dallas quarterback Tony Romo.

Evans appeared in 20 games for the Cowboys in the 2001 and 2002 seasons, and he could have a big role against his former team. "We lost a good player in Jason, but at the same time, this is Demetric Evans's time to shine," Carter said. "He's been a key guy for us whenever he's in there.

"Maybe not on a consistent basis as a starter, but he makes a play for us when he's in there. Now, it's time for him to be in there on a consistent basis, be a starter and prove to not only himself, but to the organization as well as the NFL, 'Hey, this is who I am.' This is his coming out. We'll be fine."

By Cindy Boren  |  September 26, 2008; 1:48 PM ET
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Let's go Skins!

Posted by: NickelsLuvsSkins | September 26, 2008 1:56 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: MadDog21 | September 26, 2008 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Reposted from previous thread:

Formally "Shaun".... does this mean we can actaully talk write about some football for a change?

It's Dallas week, and all I have read is politics, religion, and pro/anti JLC rants.


I think Dallas wins this one, but I see the Redskins keeping it close. If the Skins continue to play like they have (or take it up a notch), I think they can/will beat Philly in Philly the following week.

Regarding Philly: it's amazing to me the amount of love that team has received so far this year in the media. Don't they pay attention to trends? The Eagles almost ALWAYS start strong - when McNabb is healthy and Westbrook is on the field - but they end with a whimper because you can't blitz 24/7 and be consistent on D, and they fall WAY off when McNabb inevitably gets hurt. Shoot, the guy is ALREADY hurt, and Westbrook is banged up in addition. Next, here comes the underthrown balls by McNabb, and the D giving up big plays...all the way to an 7-9 to 9-7 record.

Posted by: shaunsherman12 | September 26, 2008 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: shaunsherman12 | September 26, 2008 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Posts seem to be a bit slower after the Reg thing?

Oh well, F-Dallas


Posted by: Devo2 | September 26, 2008 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Skins 70 Dallas 3

Posted by: alex35332 | September 26, 2008 2:09 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: alex35332 | September 26, 2008 2:11 PM | Report abuse

I think we have just as good a chance winning against D this week as we do against philly next, maybe even both. Wish we were getting iglets this week and the girls next but whatev. Dallas will be won in the trenches as it always is and I feel that that is a strenght of our team, we are doing the things we need to to minimze the impact of teams running game, were getting to the QB and on thing i love that we brought from the preseason is the nack for tipping balls at the line. We have gotten turnovers and killed drives by getting those mitts up there, hope we continue to do so. Slow the run lay out TO early play smart, bench doughty and let Homo self impolde like he always does under pressure.

Posted by: Stu27 | September 26, 2008 2:12 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: donj1963 | September 26, 2008 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Andre Carter has me fired up now, boyyyyyyyyyy!

Posted by: WaPoLiveFan16 | September 26, 2008 2:58 PM | Report abuse

not enough horses to win dallas (with JT out and others nursing injuries), but I agree that we will win in Philly

Posted by: reggiebranch | September 26, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Redskins !!!! come out to play yay !!
Lets gets started on your excuses for losing to the Cowboys :

1. Jason Taylor was out, if he had been there WE WOULD HAVE WON.
2. We just were not ready for the travel, if we had only gone to bed early!
3. Its so hot there, were not used to that heat.
4. They got lucky ! we will win next time !
5. The referees cheated did you see all the bad calls against us, ITS A CONSPIRACY !!
6. The turf was to hard, I think there is concrete under there ?
7. Little Dani Snyder made Jerry Jones mad ! if he had just kept his big mouth shut, and not made them mad ! we would have won !
8. We were not ready ! our coaches did not prepare us Psychologically for the beating we knew we were going to get !
9. Barbara Steisand was in the stands rooting for the Skins, you know she is dating Jason Campbell, its her fault !
10. Its Zorns fault, if we had Joe Gibbs in there WE WOULD HAVE WON !!

Posted by: aceventura100 | September 26, 2008 4:27 PM | Report abuse

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