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Focus On Defensive Turnovers Gaining Traction

Posted by Brian Tinsman on August 17, 2011 – 4:49 pm

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Today is the first day of practice in the regular season format, which, starting Sunday, will have limited availability to the media.  Here’s some thoughts on the final practice that’s fully open to the media:

  • Redskins players broke the huddle before practice by yelling, “Hard work!”
  • In preparation of the game in the raucous RCA Dome in Indianapolis, Redskins coaches had large speakers out on the field to pipe in fan noise.  The cheering was used during 11-on-11 and would run from the time the players broke the huddle until the snap of the football, to simulate lining up in a hostile environment.
  • Brian Orakpo had a nice one-handed catch during the daily linebacker interception drills.  The first time I saw the drill this year, both he and Ryan Kerrigan had difficulty identifying the ball in the air.  Both looked much more comfortable in coverage now.
  • As a matter of fact, Kerrigan split out in coverage on a tight end in 11-on-11 drills and and picked off a pass from Matt Gutierrez that would have led to a big return.  This wasn’t a cheap pick–he jumped about two feet off the ground to pull this one down.
  • Cornerbacks Kevin Barnes and DeAngelo Hall were also dialed in on coverage and picked off a pass each.  Hall caught his near the goal line and prevented a score.  Barnes caught his out in the flat and would have taken it to the house.
  • In 1-on-1 battles, offensive guard Chris Chester matched up well against defensive end Barry Cofield, trading back and forth in dominance.

Check out some footage of the linebackers working on their coverage skills:

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3 Responses to “Focus On Defensive Turnovers Gaining Traction”

  1. By Patrick on Aug 18, 2011 | Reply

    It would be nice to see the LBs pick some balls off this year. Over recent years I seem to remember many balls going off their facemasks and hands.

  2. By nicefellow31 on Aug 18, 2011 | Reply

    Hey Brian. Just wanted to point out that the Colts no longer play in the RCA Dome. It was imploded in 2008. Their current home is Lucas Oil Field.

  3. By Brian Tinsman on Aug 18, 2011 | Reply

    You are 100% correct, and I remembered this post as I drove past Lucas Oil Field this afternoon. Sharp eyes 🙂

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