The Redskins won’t just be going after the quarterback this year. They will be going after the football.
“If you sack the quarterback, that’s just a tackle for a loss,” said outside linebackers coach Brian Baker on Wednesday. “But if you can take a sack and now strip the quarterback where you’re causing a turnover, man that is an impact play. So that’s what we’re working on all the time, we’re working on impact plays.”
The Redskins sacked and stripped the quarterback and then recovered the fumble three times last year. All of the strips were executed by Ryan Kerrigan, who got the Raiders’ Matt Flynn, the Broncos’ Peyton Manning and the Falcons’ Matt Ryan to cough up the ball.
Baker wants the Redskins to get more. Stripping the quarterback is not something that the Redskins have worked on a lot in the past. That has changed.
“Since I’ve been out there, there has not been one time that we worked solely on wrapping up a quarterback,” said Baker. “We really put a lot of emphasis on strips because I think that’s what wins games.”
You only need to look to the Super Bowl champion Seahawks to see how the sack and strip play helps to win games. They had eight such plays in 2014 including three in the playoffs.