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Zorn: Punters Will Visit Tomorrow

Posted by Matt Terl on October 5, 2009 – 2:32 pm


Two quick notes from Coach Zorn’s press conference, for those of you who don’t want to watch the entire thing above. Read more »

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Jeremy Jarmon Getting Involved

Posted by Matt Terl on October 5, 2009 – 11:27 am

Brian Orakpo
wasn’t the only defensive rookie who made an impact yesterday. Jeremy Jarmon — the third-round supplemental draft pick — also made a crucial play, stripping the ball from Tampa running back Clifton Smith to seal the game for the Redskins.

And by “seal the game,” what I mean is “get off the field in the most crucial situation imaginable” — that is, EXACTLY the kind of play that the Redskins defense has been criticized for not making. Jarmon helps make those plays not only because he’s talented, although he seems to be, and not only because he’s young, although that’s inarguable, but because he’s able to come into the game and provide fresh legs.

“Last week Jeremy got 17 plays and we felt like he had a great effort when we got him involved,” head coach Jim Zorn said yesterday. “One of the things that make it easy for Jeremy coming in was everyone else putting in their downs allows Jeremy to come in fresh and ready to go. That’s going to help us as we go further along in the season.” Read more »

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Monday, October 5: Brian Orakpo Knows How To Handle The Media, Opposing Quarterback

Posted by Matt Terl on October 5, 2009 – 9:20 am

Brian Orakpo
rang up his second sack of the season yesterday, also his second in the last two games. (UPDATE, courtesy of the nice folks in the media relations department: the last Redskins rookie with a sack in consecutive games was Andre Collins, who did it three straight times in 1990.)

It wasn’t a meaningless, garbage-time sack, either; Orakpo got to Bucs rookie quarterback Josh Johnson on a crucial third down at the end of the first half, with Tampa Bay just in the Redskins red zone.

“I made an inside move, you know,” Orakpo said. “Just speed speed speed, countered with my left arm, made an inside move and the quarterback was right there on my left.”

When I asked Orakpo about his sack last week, the first of his NFL career, he was bluntly indifferent. The team had lost, and his sack wasn’t making him feel any better. And when I spoke to his fiancee at the breast cancer event last Tuesday, she mentioned in passing that he had reacted the same way away from the microphones.

But surely after a win it would be different, right?

Not exactly.
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