The Washington Times - November 11, 2013, 04:30PM

One recurring trend in blown leads to Denver, San Diego and Minnesota the last three weeks has been the lack of a consistent pass rush from the Redskins.

Some of that falls on Washington outside linebackers Ryan Kerrigan and Brian Orakpo. Orakpo has one sack over the last five games. Kerrigan has 1.5 sacks during that stretch. And while the pass rush goes way beyond just two players, that’s also a huge part of their role. Without pressure on opposing quarterbacks in the second half of games, holding onto leads becomes a more difficult proposition. The Redskins managed to do so just barely against San Diego, but lost to Denver and Minnesota. They led by double digits in each game.


“It hasn’t been there with the four-man rush, which is kind of disappointing for all of us up front, not just Brian and myself,” Kerrigan said. “I think we’ve had to rely too much on blitzes to get pressure and you don’t want to do that. You want to be able to get pressure with your down four.”

Last Thursday, the Vikings scored 20 points on their final four drives of the games. They converted five of their seven third downs in that stretch. That put far too much pressure on the offense and a 27-13 lead vanished.

“We couldn’t stop them when we absolutely needed to,” cornerback DeAngelo Hall said. “Late in that game they were just running the ball, we needed to get stops and they were just churning out first downs after first downs. You got to get off the field, you’ve got to give the ball back to your offense, give them a chance.”