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.
Ryan Kerrigan, Jordan Reed and Brandon Scherff will skip next week's Pro Bowl in Orlando a team spokesman confirmed to CSN. All three players dealt with injuries late in the season, most notably Reed, and playing in the exhibition game is not in the cards. Trent Williams, however, is still slated to play in the game.
Reed suffered a separated shoulder on Thanksgiving playing against the Dallas Cowboys. For the rest of the season, Reed played through significant pain and his production dipped.
Kerrigan played much of the season with an injured elbow and hurt his finger in the final game against the Giants. Scherff played with ankle pain and was listed on the injury report much of the season's final four games.
For Reed and Scherff, this year marked their first Pro Bowl. The recognition was deserved for both players, and shows that the guard and tight end are gaining national spotlight for their play.
Kerrigan played in the Pro Bowl following the 2012 season. He finished this year with 11 sacks, 2.5 short os his career high 13.5 in 2014.
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When longtime Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo lost his starting job to rookie Dak Prescott, there was general consensus that Prescott won the job fair and square when Romo got injured.
Romo himself said as much. But there are still people around the NFL who feel Dallas didn't do right by their 10-year starter.
As Romo was leaving the field after the Cowboys lost to the Packers in the playoffs, Pepper Burruss, Green Bay's director of sports medicine, approached him. A microphone picked up Burruss saying what sounds like, "You deserve better."
Take a listen.
It's possible Burruss could have meant something else, like Romo deserved better injury luck. Maybe.
Also keep in mind that Romo may have been leaving the field as a Cowboy for the final time of his career. What a note to leave on...
The 36-year-old has said he still wants an opportunity to start in the NFL. That won't happen in Dallas, so it's likely he'll move on to another team this offseason.
According to Adam Schefter on ESPN Radio, the Cowboys may be willing to trade Romo to the team of his choice.
Speculation has linked him to the Broncos, Bears, Jets and Texans.
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