- The Washington Times - Saturday, January 5, 2013

There are plenty of questions about Seattle Seahawks cornerbacks Brandon Browner and Richard Sherman.

Browner is coming off a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing drugs policy, and Sherman won his appeal so he wouldn’t have to miss time.

But one thing the Washington Redskins and all opponents know about them.

“They’re really tall,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said. “I just think you can say it again because they’re really tall. They’re really long.”

Seattle’s cornerbacks present of the biggest challenges for the Redskins on Sunday in their NFC wild card game against the Seahawks, from Robert Griffin III to his receivers.

“They’re very good at jamming guys. They’re very physical. They try to beat you up all the way down the field,” offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said. “They compete in the run and the pass game. They have a lot of confidence in them.”

It’s justified. Browner, at 6-foot-4 and 221 pounds, and Sherman at 6-3 and 195, are part of a potent secondary and the top scoring defense in the NFL.

“Both guys have a real knack for the position as well. They’re not just tall guys out there playing. They both have a style and they’re different, but they have a style that allows them to be aggressive and a factor on players they play against,” Carroll said. “They both ball-hawk and can catch the football well. They both run real well. We’ve just been fortunate. We lucked out that we found both those guys in the same lifetime and they can play together.”

The Redskins may have lucked out by playing the Seahawks last season. But the receivers, other than Santana Moss, are different this time around.

Pierre Garcon and Joshua Morgan are starting now, and Leonard Hankerson has an increased role. Those guys aren’t concerned about going up against Browner and Sherman.

“We’re not worried about them guys. We’re worried about us going out there and being on the same page, us doing what we got to do, us making plays,” Hankerson said. “I don’t think it do because you’re doing the same thing you would do against any other cornerback. Win against your [isolation], breaking him off, getting open, running routes and catching the football. I don’t see it being different or an advantage for us or an advantage for them.”

The Redskins‘ receivers recognize the size they’re dealing with in Seattle’s secondary, and tight end Niles Paul was quick to praise safeties Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas, both of whom he played against in college.
But there is one advantage Washington has.

“We do got a lot of speed,” Garcon said. “Hopefully, we can put it on tape on Sunday.”

From what Redskins players and coaches have seen on tape of the Seahawks, Browner and Sherman aren’t just big.

“They’re just aggressive,” Paul said. “They’re one of the more aggressive secondaries in the league and they make plays. They come up in your face and they hit you.”

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