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By Matt Kibbe
The short-term deal will assure long-term overspending
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Ryan Kerrigan
The Washington Redskins are getting into the holiday spirit with a special fundraiser during the Dallas game.
The first drive of his professional career, as a fill-in last Nov. 28 at FedEx Field against the Redskins, ended with an interception. His second was another interception thrown into double coverage. But the quarterback the Redskins saw then and the one they will see this weekend in Philadelphia no longer resemble each other.
It was the game of Darrel Young's life. The genial fullback doesn't get much attention. The Redskins have so many other options at the skill positions, after all. But on Sunday afternoon against the San Diego Chargers, Young made a difference in a 30-24 overtime victory at FedEx Field.
From special teams woes to containing Peyton Manning, the Redskins have plenty to address as they head into Sunday's game at Denver.
"[Romo] gets such an unjust bad rap. The dude is a hell of a football player," Washington linebacker Ryan Kerrigan said. "That's why he got paid so much money this offseason. He's really good. If people want to blame him for that interception on Sunday — he threw for 500 yards and five touchdowns. He made one bad throw and it cost them."
The Washington strong safety started his first regular season game in nearly 10 months Sunday and had to leave in the second quarter against the Green Bay Packers with a concussion.
The Redskins went to Lambeau Field holding fast to the image of the team they were at the end of last season, when they rallied to win the NFC East and reach the playoffs. That notion was shredded by the Green Bay Packers in a humbling 38-20 loss on Sunday afternoon.
If they are at all relieved at putting the high-tempo Eagles behind them for a conventional offensive attack, Washington's defenders may rethink that on Sunday afternoon.
In just two seasons, outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan has become entrenched with the Redskins. He's started every game. He's amassed 16 sacks, intercepted two passes, scored two touchdowns. It took him about no time to become a vital cog.
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.
Washington struggled to consistently put pressure on opposing quarterbacks last year, finishing tied for 23rd in the NFL last season with just 32 sacks. That was down from 41 in 2011.
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.
Redskins linebackers Ryan Kerrigan and London Fletcher were added to the NFC Pro Bowl roster Sunday after San Francisco's nine Pro Bowlers became ineligible for the NFL's annual all-star game.
When Rob Jackson picked off Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo and sealed the Washington Redskins' NFC East-clinching victory Sunday night, the linebacker didn't immediately grasp the magnitude of his accomplishment.
"[Green Bay] quit doing as much drop back [passing] and they just were three steps, getting rid of the ball," Kerrigan said about the Packers in Sunday's loss. "That [stinks] for a guy that's rushing the passer a lot."
"That's the worst thing about football, seeing guys go down, especially those head injuries," linebacker Ryan Kerrigan said. "Hopefully he can come back because he's a difference-maker out there."