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    • DATE: December 3, 2013
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    • DATE: December 3, 2013
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    • DATE: December 3, 2013
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    Redskins Nation is a half-hour show devoted to giving fans unfiltered access to the day's events at Redskins Park. Hosted by Larry Michael, the show features Redskins players, coaches and sit-down interviews with team officials. (Show re-airs at 11:30 p.m/7:30 a.m. daily)

    • DATE: December 3, 2013
    • TIME:  5:30 PM 
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    Redskins Nation is a half-hour show devoted to giving fans unfiltered access to the day's events at Redskins Park. Hosted by Larry Michael, the show features Redskins players, coaches and sit-down interviews with team officials. (Show re-airs at 11:30 p.m/7:30 a.m. daily)

    • DATE: December 3, 2013
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    • DATE: December 3, 2013
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    • DATE: December 3, 2013
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Redskins Found A Formula For Success

Posted by Chris Herting on January 18, 2013 – 12:42 pm

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Last weekend during the NFC Divisional Playoff Round, football fans across the nation witnessed the San Francisco 49ers and second-year quarterback Colin Kaepernick run all over the Green Bay Packers. In the process, Kaepernick set the single-game record for rushing yards by a QB (181 yards).

That, you know.

Now here’s the twist. A lot of those yards came out of the reviled/revered Pistol formation. Couple that with an opportunistic defense and a plus-1 turnover margin and the Packers became a stepping stone on the 49ers’ route to the NFC Championship Game in Atlanta.

You may ask, ‘Who cares? It’s not the Redskins,’ and you’re right. But the Redskins’ may have the same formula for success that the 49ers have used to get to two consecutive NFC Championships.

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Balmer Seeking Perfection For Defense

Posted by Andrew Walker on May 31, 2012 – 2:11 pm

The tutelage of Washington Redskins’ defensive line coach Jacob Burney has stuck with defensive end Kentwan Balmer.

Balmer said he feels Burney’s never-ending pursuit of perfection will take the Redskins’ defense to new heights in 2012.

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Redskins’ Captain Is Back, #Resigned59

Posted by Brian Tinsman on April 16, 2012 – 2:31 pm

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The Redskins have done a lot to address defensive roster needs, but it is the return of London Fletcher that brings a sense of finality to the offseason process on defense.

Fletcher announced the news on Friday afternoon, giving his fans good reason to enjoy their weekends.  He even paid homage to the #Resign59 Twitter campaign that was embraced by fans and teammates alike:

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Takeaways Being Taken Away On Defense

Posted by Brian Tinsman on October 25, 2011 – 2:28 pm

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Since the dawn of the Jim Haslett era in Washington, takeaways have been a concerted effort for the Redskins defense.  Haslett has built his team around players with a nose for the football, and playmakers throughout the secondary.

Through 16 games last year, the Redskins had 25 takeaways on defense.  Through six game this year, the Redskins have eight, which leaves them tied for 19th in the league.  This puts them on pace for 21 this season.

Cornerback DeAngelo Hall, who had six of the team’s 14 interceptions last year, has been limited to one interception this year.  He discussed how game-planning a quarterback plays into being able to make plays in the secondary:

“I think, from a scheme stand point, we’ve tried to do the things that are gonna help us win games,” he explained.  “And consequently, it did hurt us in terms of trying to get turnovers.  We had to put guys arount Cam Newton, we had to put guys around Michael Vick.”

By playing more defenders closer to the line of scrimmage, it took them out of the equation to force turnovers, especially in the secondary.

“We feel like we’ve been trying to get in the best defense that we can, to win the game,” he said.  “But you have to be put in a position to make those plays.  We’ve been facing some guys and some quarterbacks over the last couple of weeks that have hand-cuffed us in that area of the game-plan a little bit, as far as being able to sit in some zones and pick some things off.    We are trying to get turnovers, but at the same time, we can’t sit in our coverages and allow the quarterback to run all over the field.”

After back-to-back games against two of the game’s best scrambling quarterbacks, Hall expressed his anticipation of facing a Bills quarterback that plays in the pocket.

“[Ryan] Fitzpatrick isn’t a scrambling type of guy, so hopefully we can scheme something around trying to get some turnovers,” he said.

Check out the rest of Hall’s thoughts, below: Read more »


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Dialing Up Confusion On Defense

Posted by Brian Tinsman on October 14, 2011 – 1:27 pm

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After each game, coaches have an opportunity to review plays with the league offices, in order to get an explanation for a call.  Since the league began enforcing stricter interpretations of player safety rules, this process has become critical for teams and players to learn the proper way to hit.

“I don’t know what it is, I really don’t. I don’t know what’s legal and what’s not legal,” admitted Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett.  “I tell our guys to take your shot and try to keep your head up and do it right. Wrap your arms and don’t drive them to the ground. I don’t know what else you can say.”

Haslett had an interesting theory for cutting down on situations where defenders get flagged: make offenses more responsible.

“To me, I’d fine the quarterback for a bad throw,” he offered.  “Half the time on those crossing routes, the corners get called for contact when you hit.  It’s all subjective.”

With all of that being said, Haslett doesn’t begrudge the logic behind player safety, and wants his own players to be safe.  But that doesn’t make it any less frustrating to coach proper technique.

“Obviously, the league has done a great job in trying to help players’ safety,” he said.  “I just tell the guys to keep your head up, wrap your arms around and run through them. I don’t know what else you can say to be honest with you.”

Check out his full press conference below: Read more »


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‘Ker-Rakpo’ Key To Redskins Success

Posted by Brian Tinsman on October 5, 2011 – 12:48 pm

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It’s not fair to judge an NFL draft class before it matures, but early indications point to a check mark on first rounder Ryan Kerrigan.

Maaaybe a check-plus.

Kerrigan has played lights-out football so far, twice being nominated for the NFL Rookie of the Week award, and already taking home honors for NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month for September.  On the season, he has 19 tackles, 2.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, an interception, and a touchdown.

As a frame of reference:

  • That’s more tackles than DeMarcus Ware.
  • Thats more sacks than Ndamukong Suh.
  • That’s more forced fumbles than Jared Allen.
  • That’s more interceptions than Troy Polamalu.
  • And that’s more touchdowns than Tashard Choice and Larry Johnson combined.

Pair that with NFC Defensive Player of the Week Brian Orakpo, and you’ve got a dynamite combination, says Peter King of NBC Sports: Read more »


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Red Zone D Preserves Redskins Win

Posted by Brian Tinsman on October 3, 2011 – 6:27 pm

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Now that the first quarter of the season is over, it’s time to look back over the first four weeks and look for the greatest improvement across the three units.  We’ll start today with defense.

Through the first two games of the season, the Redskins allowed 60 percent of opposing red zone drives to convert for touchdowns.  But since the team took its show on the road, the Redskins have allowed only one red zone touchdown, and have improved to fifth in the NFL in red zone defense (36 percent touchdowns).

Sunday showed another stellar performance, against three second half red zone opportunities for the Rams.  The first test did not come until the beginning of the fourth quarter, when Rex Grossman threw an interception to Rams cornerback Justin King.  King returned the ball to the Washington 31-yard line, putting the Rams immediately into field goal range.  A run, pass, and penalty later, the Rams had first and goal at the Redskins 3-yard line.

An offense with four downs to get three yards typically has the advantage over the defense. But the Redskins didn’t panic or fold. Read more »


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Cool Atogwe Complements Fiery Landry

Posted by Brian Tinsman on September 7, 2011 – 6:56 pm

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The Redskins defense is recreating the X-Men, with Pyro and Ice Man patrolling the secondary.

Oshiomogho “Ice Man” Atogwe described himself and fellow safety LaRon “Pyro” Landy as opposites out on the gridiron, but good complements in terms of style.

I’m more cool, you know soo cool, mild-mannered, and he’s a high-strung, get-after-it kind of guy,” he said with a laugh.  “But there’s a definite natural balance given our personalities and I think our playing styles have a natural balance as well.”

Landry is fiery-Louisiana-hot, and Atogwe is a Canadian-West-Coast-cool.

Landry’s intensity has been his calling card since joining the Redskins in 2007.  He described his practice strategy in the locker room this morning. Read more »


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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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Dialing Up The Blitz

Posted by Brian Tinsman on August 15, 2011 – 12:38 pm

Turnovers on defense are primarily created by pressure.  Whether the pressure reaches the quarterback and forces a fumble, or a hasty pass is picked off down the field, turnovers happen when the blitz is dialed.

Today, defensive line coach Jacob Burney worked specifically with linemen, safeties, and cornerbacks on how to blitz effectively, get to the quarterback, and strip the ball.  Linebackers (not shown) were working on the same drill with linebacker’s coach Lou Spanos.

First up are the big boys on the defensive line:

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