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Topic - Jim Haslett
Despite some growing pains, particularly early, Redskins rookie defensive back David Amerson has settled in quite nicely.
During its last two games the Washington Redskins defense faced arguably the two best running backs in the NFL. Now comes another in Frank Gore.
The Washington Redskins were only whistled for four penalties in Sunday's crippling 24-16 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. But offensive lineman Trent Williams accused umpire Roy Ellison of cursing him late in the first half.
Special teams and the secondary are in question once again for Washington as the Bears roll into FedEx Field to take on the Redskins in Week 7.
Last Sunday, Fletcher left the field for a play on Detroit's second drive of the game and was off for three more plays on its third drive. That's not a move he would have made a few years ago. It's one that is necessary now.
The numbers are not pretty anywhere on the defensive side of the field for the Washington Redskins. That has been a consistent theme through the first two weeks of the season.
Defense isn't just a problem, but an Albert Haynesworth-size dumpster fire that will devour the remainder of the season in historically awful fashion if not corrected.
How do you prepare for something you have never seen? That was the conundrum all summer for the Washington Redskins coaching staff. The Philadelphia Eagles, their first opponent, hired University of Oregon coach Chip Kelly to rejuvenate the franchise after it thudded to earth with a 4-12 record last season.
Winning in the NFL is elusive. The league is structured to foster competitive balance and parity. In the NFL, what goes up eventually comes down. The ultimate goal, then, is staying power — maximizing potential, sustaining a high standard and keeping the window to success open for as long as possible.
The final NFL preseason game is often a time for established players to rest. Why risk injury with the real thing just days away? But one Washington Redskins veteran who will be on the field Thursday night against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is veteran safety Brandon Meriweather, who sustained a torn ACL in his right knee last Nov. 18.
During lunchtime Tuesday in the Washington Redskins locker room, a computer tablet lay on the floor, plugged into a nearby socket to get charged. It bore the team's logo and the No. 31, the jersey that belongs to safety Brandon Meriweather.
With the season-opener 17 days away, against Tapp's previous team, it is fair to say the transition is going well. Tapp has found being an outside linebacker in a 3-4 is very similar to being an end in a 4-3.
For the defense to make another step forward, Amerson and Rambo are going to have to play big parts. Maybe not Griffin/Morris-level parts, but not far from that.
When the Redskins beat Dallas on Dec. 30 to win the NFC East, many players dressed and filed out of the locker room as if it were any old victory. Not Orakpo. He shouted and cheered a title he was not on the field to help win.
The Redskins’ scintillating run to the NFC East title last season overshadowed memories of their 3-6 start. Were they really as good as the final record, or did a depleted team just get hot with the help of a few breaks?
"I think he's grown immeasurably from the first game," defensive coordinator Jim Haslett said. "He's going to get better and better. People forget he [turns 22 on Sunday]. He's still a youngster. The guy has great length, ball skills, good speed and he's competitive."
Haslett added: "The longer he's in this. …This first year was a great learning experience for him. Next year when he comes back you're going to see an even better player."