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Darryl Tapp ‘Quickly Jumped’ At Redskins

Posted by Stephen Czarda on September 5, 2013 – 1:49 pm

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In a statement that doesn’t need any sort of letter grade added to it or a clarifying backstory, the Washington Redskins have one of the best linebacking corps in the National Football League.

While it might start at the top with the sage veteran in London Fletcher and returning Pro Bowler Brian Orakpo, it isn’t just the starting four linebackers that assemble such a talented group. As Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys know best with Rob Jackson, the burgundy and gold have talent across the board in the center of Jim Haslett’s 3-4 defensive scheme.

Jackson, Nick Barnett, Brandon Jenkins and Darryl Tapp form a quartet that sounds more like a starting four than backups, but that’s the kind of good problems the Redskins currently face.

For Tapp, Monday’s game serves more than just a Redskins debut for the eight-year veteran. It’s his first game against his employer of three years.

Tapp may not be seen on the airwaves very often, but there is no way you can miss him both on and off the field. While football is one of the most grueling activities one can put the human body through, Tapp is always sporting an infectious smile.

Linebacker coach Bob Slowik noticed this the first day they met.

“There’s a smile on his face all the time,” Slowik said with you guessed it—a smile. “He has a great attitude. There’s going to be adversity, and someone like him is going to keep fighting with a smile on his face.”

Slowik is actually Tapp’s first linebacker coach ever. No really he is. Before signing with the Redskins in March, Tapp spent his entire career in 3-4 schemes, digging his hands in the dirt as a defensive end. In Haslett’s scheme however, he’s converted to linebacker in a move that he committed to the second it was offered.

“I jumped on it fast. I didn’t even second guess it,” Tapp said before practice on Thursday. “For them to even call me and want me to come in was truly an honor, because I’ve always been a 4-3 defensive end and they wanted me to switch to outside linebacker [due] to the 3-4.

“So it’s something new. I heard the plan they had for me and loved it. I’ve always known they have an awesome coaching staff here [and] great players, so I just wanted to be a part of it. So I quickly jumped on the offer.”

Monday’s game offers the perfect litmus test for how well he’s transitioned to a more upright position. Regardless of who is coaching the Eagles or what formations they are going to line up in, Philadelphia has some of the fastest players in the NFL to their credit over the past few years.

“We’ll definitely see how it turns out. I’ve been getting coached up since day one and this is that time to go out there and show what you’ve learned. It’s going to be exciting and a lot of fun. The guys over there of course I still know, but I’m just happy to be a Redskin now and we are trying to get this win.”

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2 Responses to “Darryl Tapp ‘Quickly Jumped’ At Redskins”

  1. By Hero Sun on Sep 5, 2013 | Reply

    Im about to make a suggestion that’s probably going to get my crucified by my fellow Skins fans but here it goes:

    Our outside linebacker corp is the best and deepest in the league. This preseason Tapp was a huge surprise and was a terror. Last year Rob Jackson showed that he’s a player. And now we add Brandon Jenkins to go with Ryan Kerrigan and Brian Orakpo… NASTY! So ever since seeing how stacked we are at the position, and knowing that we are going to have to dish out a lot of money next year to resign our FA’s, and since we have restructured a bunch of other contracts to basically push part of their salaries over to next year and save cap room this year (basically putting us with limited cap space next year), here is what I’ve been thinking (please be kind): If Orakpo has the kind of season he’s capable of having he’s going to be in position to be one of the top paid OLB/DE in the league. Whoever has the number 1 draft spot next year will obviously have a bunch of holes to fill on their team. If we offer them Orakpo and our 2nd round pick for the first overall pick we could then use the #1 pick to get Clowney. Personally I think Clowney has potential to be better than Rak, but it’s a gamble since he’s unproven. What it does do is get you a younger player and save you a ton of cap space we could use to solidify other positions. Rak is one of my favorite players but I think this would be a great move for the team overall. Ok, what do you think? Let the screaming at me begin…

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