Percy Harvin wasn't all Jim Haslett discussed Thursday afternoon. The defensive coordinator touched on a number of other subjects, ranging from the team's lackluster pass rush to Ryan Kerrigan.
--Without two-time Pro Bowl linebacker Brian Orakpo on the opposite side, Haslett said Kerrigan is attracting significantly more attention. Kerrigan has begun to adjust, Haslett added, but must continue to work at beating the double teams and chips.
“He just has to understand that right now he’s getting chipped, banged, hit,” Haslett said. “Last week we moved him to one side [and] they flipped it back to the other side. They were following him around. He’s just going to have to find ways to beat" it.
--Conventional wisdom suggests that the Redskins’ offense didn’t do enough to help the defense against the Falcons, but Haslett acknowledged that his unit shares some of the blame for being on the field for a whopping 81 snaps last week.
“We were on the field too much,” he said. “We did it to ourselves. First drive of the game, we didn’t get off on a third down. We should have had a stop, but they extended the drive another eight or nine plays. We have to get off the field in those situations.”
--One of the Redskins’ biggest deficiencies on defense has been the lack of a consistent pass rush. And although Haslett stopped short of calling out players by name, he did mention that Chris Wilson, Rob Jackson and Jarvis Jenkins must find their way into the backfield more often. Wilson and Jackson saw a spike in their playing time when Orakpo was lost for the season and Jenkins replaced Adam Carriker, who also is sidelined until 2013.
--Speaking of Jenkins, Haslett praised the second-year defensive lineman for his performance against the ground game. Jenkins has seven tackles in thee games. “He’s played exceptional against the run,” Haslett said.
By Jason Dobkin (@jasondobkin)
Stephen A. Smith mocked the Redskins on ESPN First Take on Monday after their loss to the Lions Sunday, continuing the back-and-forth between the team and the television personality.
He told the Redskins "bravo again" for losing the close game that apparently was enough to prove the point he made last week on the show that the Redskins had a loser's mentality and were "inept" and "nonexistent." Smith loudly took issue with Chris Baker's and Ricky-Jean Francois' declaration that the Redskins "run the East," saying they need to be focusing on the big picture.
Baker tweeted at him the next day, demanding respect, and Smith stuck to his guns the next day on First Take.
On Monday, Smith mocked Jay Gruden for defending his team at a press conference, where he said Smith was "out of line" for his comments and that he didn't know anything about who the Redskins were or the work they put in.
"And of course there’s the great Jay Gruden, because we know he’s great just by his name alone," Smith said. "Let’s be clear about that. We know that he’s great, [because he] takes time out of his busy schedule to comment about me."
"Who gives a damn about hard work?" he went on to say. "It's about results."
Baker held back from engaging with Smith on Twitter this time.
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While the Redskins are not yet out of the woods regarding Trent Williams’ knee injury, the news sounds better than Williams looked after the game on Sunday.
Jay Gruden confirmed an earlier report that an MRI revealed no structural damage to the left knee of the Pro Bowl left tackle. He went down near the end of the Redskins’ 20-17 loss to the Lions and he needed assistance to get back to the locker room. After talking to the press, he had a decided limp as he walked to the team bus.
“That’s [the MRI results] good news, but we have to still monitor him during the week and see how he does,” said Gruden.
Guard Brandon Scherff left the game briefly after suffering a sprained AC joint in his shoulder. “He’s sore,” said Gruden. “He’s a tough sucker, but he’s sore.”
Scherff will be monitored in practice as well.
Gruden also said that cornerback Bashaud Breeland is sore after suffering a sprained ankle. He missed two games with a right ankle injury earlier this season but Gruden said that his injury is to his left ankle.