The Washington Redskins did a lot of three- and four-man rushes against the Atlanta Falcons and did not experience a whole lot of success in getting to quarterback Matt Ryan. That trouble has been a trend all season.
On Thursday defensive coordinator Jim Haslett singled out defensive end Jarvis Jenkins and nose tackle Barry Cofield, saying they need to be better pass-rushers.
“I thought Jarvis is doing a really good job on the run. I thought he’s played exceptional against the run. We’ve just got to keep working at him. We need to get him a little more involved in the pass rush also,” Haslett said.
“I thought Barry played well. … He’s another one that we can maybe rely on a little bit more to get some more rush because he’s got a good knack of doing that and knocking balls down and doing things like that.”
The Redskins have just eight sacks in five games, tying them for 24th in the NFL. Haslett admitted that trying to double-cover Falcons receivers exposed the pass rush Sunday.
“We went to a lot more three-man rush; we did four-man rush a lot last week,” middle linebacker London Fletcher said. “That affects your pass rush because you’re asking three guys to try to beat five guys in protection and sometimes they were keeping seven guys in there protecting. That’s going be tough to get to the quarterback.”