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LaRon Landry To Be Strong Safety In A Defense Without Strong Safeties

Posted by Matt Terl on April 18, 2010 – 6:25 pm

One of the most repeated questions of the offseason was answered today, with a resounding yes … and no.

The question seems simple: will LaRon Landry be moved to strong safety, where he can use his strength and hitting ability in close quarters, rather than spending time in coverage as a free safety?

On a basic level, the answer is yes: Landry told reporters today that he’d be “in the box a little bit more” this year, which also offers a reason for his increased bulk. (He claims to be shooting for an improbable-sounding 240 pounds, and is currently hovering around 230. “It ain’t never gonna stop,” Landry when asked about his muscle gain.)

But new defensive coordinator Jim Haslett raised an interesting point that clouds the waters a bit: there actually isn’t a strong safety in this defense as such.

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Kyle Shanahan Is Not Worried About The Offensive Line

Posted by Matt Terl on April 18, 2010 – 5:43 pm

It’s become a mantra among Redskins fans. The specifics change, but the sentiment remains constant: take an offensive tackle at 4. You have to address the O-line. Get some O-line help. The offensive line is what’s holding this team back.

It’s become such a common sentiment that there seems to be almost nobody contemplating the opposite point of view: what if the offensive line is actually — if not a full-on strength of the team — good enough to be successful in the NFL? The skeptics, if that’s what you want to call them, would say that the results speak for themselves: the Redskins gave up 46 sacks last year, tied for fourth-worst in the NFL and nearly four times as many as the league-leading Colts. It is hard to argue with numbers like those.

Well, one guy is willing to try, and it just so happens that he’s the team’s offensive coordinator. Kyle Shanahan’s post-mini-camp press briefing had a lot of interesting points to it. He discussed his philosophy (“You don’t know where the ball’s going; the defense tells you where the ball’s going”), his new quarterback (“a professional”), and the mini-camp as a whole (“I thought today was our best day”).

But it was his comments on the offensive line that stood out the most, and that most warrant complete transcription. Ryan O’Halloran of CSNWashington asked Kyle Shanahan how he felt about his offensive line, and the offensive coordinator sounded positively enthused. Read more »

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Mini-camp Day 3 In Photo Form

Posted by Matt Terl on April 18, 2010 – 4:10 pm

I’ll have plenty more on today’s final day of mini-camp later (and into tomorrow), and you can read Larry Weisman’s comprehensive wrap-up here. But, in the meantime, a few pictures from today’s on-field action.

Talking to the media today, head coach Mike Shanahan noted that there were “a number of those people that I was pleasantly surprised [by] and a couple out there that you were disappointed in. That’s usually the case.” He went on to discuss how it’s a “long process” and declined to provide names of the folks who impressed him, but I thought Malcom Kelly was someone who showed well during this minicamp. Read more »

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