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Five things Wrong with the Redskins Defense

5.  Need more talent at safety - The Redskins drafted some good prospects at safety in Bacarri Rambo and Phillip Thomas.  And while Rambo is improving, Thomas is out for the season due to injury.  Brandon Meriweather has seen his better days, and though Reed Doughty has filled in admirably as a starter, he’s better suited as a backup.

4.  Lack of Play makers on the Defensive Line -  Steven Bowen is a solid defensive end, but the Redskins need a play maker at that position.  Jarvis Jenkins is also solid, but he hasn’t lived up to the billing of a second round pick.  The Redskins outside linebackers Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan would be better served if someone on the D-line could help take the pressure of them, and command double teams.

3.  Lack of a space eating nose tackle - Barry Cofield has played well at times at the nose, but he’s better suited to be a defensive end.  The Redskins need a bigger space eating nose tackle that can attract double teams and clog up running lanes.  This would take the pressure off the ILB’s and also help the defense defend the run better.

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2.  London Fletcher is getting old - London Fletcher has been a great player in the NFL for many years, but it seems he may be coming to the end of his run.  Never before has Fletcher looked so old as he does now.  And it’s not really a criticism of Fletcher because he’s been good much longer than most players are even in the league.

However, it’s time for an upgrade at ILB.  As Fletcher can no longer cover ground like he used to, and he is constantly over matched by tight ends.  He has also become a liability against the run, as he can be seen missing tackles with regularity.

1.  Jim Haslett is behind the times - Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett’s defenses have never been very good in Washington, but for some reason head coach Mike Shanahan sticks with him.  But no matter what, it seems the Redskins are always behind the curve ball to the offense.

Even the mediocre Minnesota Vikings looked like a great offensive team against them putting up 34 points.  if the Redskins fail to make the playoffs, then Mike Shanahan may have to sacrifice Haslett in order to save himself.

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  • Adam Banig

    I’d also point out what horrible positions the offense and special teams has put the defense in this year.

    I mean, we held AD under 100 YDs, held ponder under 200. And we lost, how does that happen?

    Oh I know… Short fields!

    • Maurice Barksdale

      That’s a fair point Adam. But other than that, you can’t ask for much more out of the offense. I think they did more than enough to win. Over 400 yards, a 36 to 24 minute edge in time of possession, and no turnovers. At some point the defense has to make a play to get out of those situations, and they aren’t doing it. The Vikings were 6 for 10 on third down. Can’t win with a number like that.

      • Adam Banig

        3 points in the second half bro.

        3 points!

        The offense is Jekyll and Hyde. Every game they have a good half than a crap half.

        Yeah, when you look at the yards and points your like how’d we lose?

        Well look at the yards and points in the second half for the offense and you’ll have your answer.

        • Maurice Barksdale

          I agree, the offense could have played better in the second half. But you can’t expect the offense to dominate the entire game. At some point the defense needs to step up and pick up the slack. 34 points to the Vikings? Ridiculous.

          • Adam Banig

            Again though, those points came in the second half just like they did for the Broncos last week in the second half. The offense didn’t posses the ball, Rocca shanked another punt, all this gives Minnesota a short field.

            The D sold out on the run, that’s why the TE was open all game. They had 9 in the box a lot.

            I think if the offense does a better job sustaining drives in the second half, the team wins. If Paulsen catches the TD on the first drive after the Meriweather drive, we win because we kick the game winning FG on that final drive.

            Rg3 missed a few wide open Wrs in the second half again, which would have kept drives going and kept AD and the Vikings offense off the field. Sustaining those drives, also keeps the defense more fresh and means that the Vikings aren’t starting around the 50 yd line every drive.

          • Maurice Barksdale

            So between the offense and the defense, you think the offense had more to do with losing the game than the defense?

  • Adam Banig

    I think the offense and defense played great in the first half.

    I think they both sucked in the second half.

    Because of that, we lost.

    It was typical of the team. Only playing one good 1/2 of the game.

    They’ve done it all year but in the Oakland team when the Raiders were missing their starting Qb, OTs, And RB

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