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Haynesworth’s arrival has also affected Griffin’s off-field work. Griffin previously played both right and left defensive tackle, which meant studying the entire offensive line. Now he can concentrate his preparation on the opponent’s right side.
“It’s different, and I kind of like it,” he said. “I can focus on that one side - my preparation is more focused, and I can zone in on what I need to do.”
While in his last public comments - after the Giants game - Haynesworth said the defensive line is still jelling, Griffin has a grasp on what Haynesworth is doing and when he’s doing it.
“If he rushes the A gap [between guard and center], I know he’ll be there and I won’t follow behind - I’m going to wrap around,” Griffin said. “If I’m in the B gap [between guard and tackle], I know [Phillip Daniels] will come around me. We’ll play at a faster pace.”
The Redskins rank 10th in yards allowed and seventh in points but a dismal 27th on third down. With Griffin up to speed and Haynesworth working his way into shape (he played 79 percent of the snaps vs. St. Louis), look for the defensive line to be more productive.
“I think we’ll get better as the season goes along, and I think we can be a dominant force inside,” Griffin said. “But we still have work to do with each other at full speed.”
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