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Brian Orakpo Notable Quotables

Brian Orakpo Notable Quotables

Here's the transcript of Brian Orakpo's conference call with the Washington media types.

On how excited he is to be a Washington Redskin:

"I am very excited.  The Washington Redskins are a great, great program.  I am just so excited to get down there and get started."

 

On why he believes the Washington Redskins are a perfect fit for him:

"I just felt it.  When I met with all the other teams, the Washington Redskins had the best vibes.  The coaching staff, the owner, the team, everything is just so great.  I told them I would be very excited to have the opportunity to play for them."

 

On how surprised he was to still be on the board at No. 13:

"To be honest with you, I wasn't even thinking about it too much.  I'm just kind of different.  I really wasn't worried about how I went.  I just wanted to have the opportunity to be drafted and finally know where I go."

 

On if there was another team he thought would take him besides the Washington Redskins:

"I thought of a lot of teams that would be a possibility, but you never know.  I just had my head on straight and was optimistic throughout the whole process."

 

On how confident he is that he can help the defense right away:

"First, it comes with a lot of hard work and that is what I know I am going to have to do and bring to the table.  Earn that respect from my teammates and come in and learn that I'm ready to work.  So, I'm pretty confident.  I have high expectations for myself each and every time I step out onto the field, so we'll see when I get down there."

 

On how excited he is to play with Albert Haynesworth:

"I am ecstatic.  Having one of the best defensive tackles in the game right now will make my job a lot easier, I'll tell you that much.  That is what you need, that force up the middle, so it will be great."

 

On holding up against the run:

"It is a huge accomplishment to the NFC East.  They have great running backs and a great running program, so you have to stop the run.  I am ready to learn from great coaches and Coach [John] Palermo and ready to get after it and stop the run when we need to and then pin your ears back and go."

 

On what he thinks he does well as a pass rusher:

"Just that fire and intensity that I bring as far as getting after the quarterback, doing whatever it takes.  I don't really have a favorite move or anything. I just go, try to do the best I can and putting pressure."

 

On if his knee injuries are a concern moving forward:

"Not at all.  When I got over these knee injuries, it was just an unfortunate situation.  What I do best is I try my best to get back and be 100 percent and don't even worry about it.  I am 100 percent right now.  I am healthy.  I am ready to go at the start of the season."

 

On his first impression of the Redskins organization:

"I think it is an organization with great tradition, great pride in the game of football.  I am just so ecstatic about being a part of this program.  Like I said, even before any of the picks, Washington would be a perfect pick for me if I'm still around.  My wish came true and here I am, ready to get started."

 

On where he thinks he will have to improve the most this season:

"Obviously, everybody is not perfect.  One thing I know is don't think pass too much.  I have to be able to stop the run obviously with the position that we are in.  That is something that I know I have to work on.  I know I can, just don't pull the trigger trying to get after the quarterback too much.  I have to settle down and play the run first."

 

On if he thinks he will play linebacker in packages:

"Exactly.  It is all about the packages that I can bring to the table.  Like I said, I talked with Coach Kirk Olivadotti, the linebacker coach, he really likes me, sees me as a SAM backer first and second and then it's time to get after it, third and long or whatever the situation is.  Get down in the stance and rush the pass and do what I do best.  That's the thing about me, I bring a lot of versatility to the table."

 

On if he has talked to any of his new teammates yet:

"I haven't talked to any of my teammates.  I've just been on the media circuit right now.  Hopefully I'll get through and turn my phone on and get started."

 

On if he knows anybody on the team already:

"Obviously Derrick Dockery, former Longhorn, is down there.  They signed Mike Williams who is from Texas.  I know a couple guys and I am just ready to get to know some more guys and make some good friendships with my teammates."

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The Final Countdown: Eli Manning goes deep for the Redskins 7th worst play of the year

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As should be expected when a team goes 8-7-1, there were plenty of good moments and a lot of frustrating times during the Redskins’ 2016 season. Over the next couple of weeks, Redskins Insiders Rich Tandler and JP Finlay will take detailed looks at the 10 best plays of 2016 and, to present a more complete picture of the season, the 10 worst.

No. 7 worst play of 2016

Giants at Redskins, Week 17

4:02 left in Q4, Giants ball 1st and 10 at their own 31, game tied 10-10

Eli Manning pass deep left to Tavarres King pushed ob at WAS 25 for 44 yards (Will Blackmon).

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Tandler: It looked like the Redskins were on the verge of saving their season. They were down 10-0 in the third quarter but they battled back to tie it up in the late going. But after lulling the Redskins defense to sleep with running plays and short passes, Manning launched one deep down the left sideline. King, who had one reception for six yards on the season coming into the game, had a step on cornerback Greg Toler and he hauled in the pass for 44 yards. Four plays later Robbie Gould kicked a 40-yard field goal to give the Giants the lead.

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Finlay: In a terrible game that led to many more questions than answers for the Redskins, this play was just a huge, huge disappointment. Washington fought back to tie up a game that they had largely been outplayed in, particulrly in the first half. Remember, the Giants had nothing to play for while for the 'Skins, a win would put them in the playoffs. The New York offense was laregly nonexistent in the second half of this game, as it became obvious Eli Manning did not want to get hit. And still, the embattled Redskins defense gave up a long pass play to a dude that had contrbuted basically nothing all season. 

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Report: One team Redskins need to watch out for when it comes to Kirk Cousins this offseason

Report: One team Redskins need to watch out for when it comes to Kirk Cousins this offseason

Mike Shanahan likes Kirk Cousins, both as a person and as a quarterback. The former Redskins coach has made no secret about that. Luckilly for the 'Skins, especially with Cousins staring at free agency, Mike Shanahan is no longer coaching in the NFL.

His son Kyle, however, seems highly likely to take over as San Francisco 49ers head coach. And soon.

Kyle Shanahan currently serves as the offensive coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons, and once their playoff run ends, most expect Shanahan to be named Niners head coach. 

Why should Washington fans care? Allow ESPN's Adam Schefter to explain:

Kyle Shanahan is set to become the San Francisco 49ers' head coach after Atlanta's season ends. San Francisco needs a quarterback as much as any other team in the league. If Cousins is available, the 49ers would pursue him as hard as they've pursued Shanahan.

Even if Washington tags Cousins, San Francisco could attempt to pry him loose in a trade with a package that could include this year's No. 2 overall draft pick. And if Washington doesn't want to deal now, it could have issues later.

This news should not be a shock to Skins fans, but it should be taken seriously. Remember, Kyle Shanahan was part of the Washington organization when Cousins was drafted and the duo worked together in 2012 and 2013. Most quarterbacks would love to run Shanahan's No. 1 ranked offense from Atlanta, and the guess here says Cousins would probably jump at the opportunity. 

Still, much must be worked out.

While some in the Washington front office might have questions about what the long-term value should be in a Cousins contract, the team still has some control. They can place the franchise tag on Cousins this season, like they did last season, and work until mid-summer on a multi-year deal. Or Cousins can again play on a franchise tag in 2017, like he did in 2016 and passed for nearly 5,000 yards.

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What makes Schefter's report the most interesting is the mention of the No. 2 overall pick. Observing the Redskins in 2016, it became obvious the team needs more impact players on defense, and with the second overall pick combined with their own 17th pick and eight more after that, that could deliver an immediate boost. 

Whatever boost a package of draft picks might bring in will be hard pressed to match the production of Cousins. Finding a starting quarterback in the NFL is exceptionally hard, and while Cousins has shown flashes of a special player, he has certainly confirmed he is a capable player in two seasons at the helm of Jay Gruden's offense.

Scot McCloughan and the Redskins brain trust have a few more weeks before free agency, and with it, the deadline to again place the franchise tag on Cousins. It's nearly impossible to see a scenario where Cousins hits the open market this season, but if the No. 2 overall pick comes into play, other scenarios start to seem more possible. 

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