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Where did the sacks go?


Where did the sacks go?

As noted here earlier this week, the 2012 Redskins have allowed more passing yards through their first five games than they have in their history. Although the secondary carries much of the blame, they haven’t been getting much help in terms of pass rush.

The Redskins have only eight sacks through their first five games. Since they started keeping sacks as an official statistic in 1982, only seven editions of the Redskins have had fewer sacks than this one at this point in the season.

Ryan Kerrigan has 3.5 sacks, the only player on the team with more than one. Last year the defensive line contributed 18 sacks. Against the Falcons, Barry Cofield picked up the line’s first sack of the season.

Certainly the losses of Brian Orakpo (9 sacks last year) and Adam Carriker (5.5) to injury haven’t helped things. But their replacements haven’t performed at nearly a fraction of the levels of the players they are replacing. End Jarvis Jenkins has no sacks, linebacker Rob Jackson has none, and linebacker Chris Wilson has a half.

Wilson’s inability to get pressure is particularly puzzling. He is the one in there in nickel situations and he is one the team because of his supposed ability to get to the quarterback.

The pass rush problems are a big factor in the pass defense problems but consider that the 2005 team had only five sacks through the first give games but had allowed only 891 passing yards, a little more than half of what the current team has allowed.

In other words, it takes a total team effort to have a pass defense this leaky. Either the front or back end is going to have to step up and get it done.  

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Need to Know: Examining the roles of the Redskins' players over 30

Need to Know: Examining the roles of the Redskins' players over 30

Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, June 29, 28 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp in Richmond on July 27.


The Redskins last played a game 179 days ago; they will open the 2017 season against the Eagles at FedEx Field in 73 days.

Days until:

—Franchise tag contract deadline (7/17) 18
—Preseason opener @ Ravens (8/10) 42
—Roster cut to 53 (9/2) 65

Examining the roles of oldest players on the Redskins

The Redskins have six players on their roster who will be 30 or older when the season starts on September 10. What roles will these players have on the team? Let’s take a look:

S DeAngelo Hall, 33 as of Week 1—He will turn 34 in November, making him the senior member of the team—if he is still around. It’s likely that the 14-year veteran will be around to be a reserve safety and steady, experienced presence in the secondary. But the Redskins have plenty of younger (and cheaper) talent at safety so it’s not a slam dunk that he will be there to celebrate that 34th birthday.

TE Vernon Davis, 33—Given the injury prone nature of starting tight end Jordan Reed, Davis will have a key role as the backup. Even when Reed is in the lineup, Davis will play a significant number of snaps as a second tight end. The Redskins are banking on him being one of those rare athletes who can be effective into his mid-thirties.

S Will Blackmon, 32—Like Hall, Blackmon converted from cornerback to safety last year. But unlike his teammate, Blackmon stayed healthy all year. It was a difficult transition at times but overall his play was solid. His roster insurance may come from his ability to fill in at nickel corner if injuries strike.

OT Ty Nsekhe, 31—He also will celebrate a birthday during the season as he turns 32 on October 27. His age is of zero concern, considering that he is a reserve and he didn’t play an NFL snap before joining the Redskins in 2015.

QB Colt McCoy, 31—As of now, there isn’t much concern over McCoy’s age either, considering that if all goes according to plan he won’t play a snap this season. However, he could be a very important 32-year-old in 2018 if Kirk Cousins goes elsewhere as a free agent next March.

DL Ziggy Hood, 30—After starting 14 games last year, Hood should have more of a rotational role, coming off of the bench to keep the line fresh. That’s a role that is better suited to where he is in his career.  

Turning 30 before the end of the season: G Shawn Lauvao, CB Josh Norman, LS Nick Sundberg.

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page Facebook.com/TandlerCSN and follow him on Twitter @Rich_TandlerCSN.

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. is trying to make landlines cool again with this Redskins phone

Dale Earnhardt Jr. is trying to make landlines cool again with this Redskins phone

There was once a time in America — before cell phones became everyone's fifth limb — where people would rely on these things called landlines, which had these things called cords, which plugged into these things called walls, and they'd call each other at home. This was back during VCRs and when humans would play outside. It was a strange period.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. apparently yearns for that long-lost era, however, because the NASCAR driver just bought himself a new house phone. But this ain't your run-of-the-mill, "I bought it at the electronics store in the nearest shopping center" house phone.

No, he found himself something much better. Check this beauty out:


From now on if you call my house I'll be answering with my helmet phone. #ebaygold

A post shared by Dale Earnhardt Jr. (@dalejr) on

That's right — Earnhardt Jr., who reps the Redskins as hard as any famous person, actually took the time to go on eBay and purchase that gorgeous relic. Dare we say he made a (waits for the crowd to get quiet) good call?