The Insider: Defense


Posted at 09:04 AM ET, 04/08/2014

Cofield expects Hatcher addition, new wrinkles to serve defense well

After hearing that and more from his coaches, and after getting the chance to talk to Hatcher, Cofield has high optimism about the kind of impact his new teammate will have.

By Mike Jones  |  09:04 AM ET, 04/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  barry cofield, Defense, defensive line, Jason Hatcher

Posted at 04:36 PM ET, 02/02/2014

DeAngelo Hall, Redskins have started talks on new multiyear contract

The veteran cornerback will be a free agent, but defensive coordinator Jim Haslett called re-signing him an offseason priority.

By Mike Jones  |  04:36 PM ET, 02/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeAngelo Hall, defensive backs, Free agents, Redskins defense, Redskins free agency

Posted at 06:25 PM ET, 01/22/2014

Haslett welcomes fresh start, stresses need to re-sign Orakpo and others

Defensive coordinator Jim Haslett expressed optimism about the direction of the franchise and its ability to quickly rebound.

By Mike Jones  |  06:25 PM ET, 01/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brian Orakpo, Defense, Free agents, Jim Haslett, Senior Bowl

Posted at 10:03 AM ET, 01/10/2014

Jay Gruden envisions the Redskins sticking with the 3-4 defense

Gruden on the defense: “This team is built for the 3-4. They’ve been a 3-4 for a while and I love the 3-4.”

By Mike Jones  |  10:03 AM ET, 01/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Defense, Jay Gruden; Jim Haslett; Redskins

Posted at 01:59 PM ET, 12/23/2013

Where to begin rebuilding Redskins: Defense, position by position

Mark Bullock takes a look at who from the defense should stay or be upgraded or replaced, regardless of if the Redskins run a 3-4, 4-3 or hybrid system.

By Mark Bullock  |  01:59 PM ET, 12/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bacarri Rambo, barry cofield, brandon jenkins, Brandon Meriweather, Brian Orakpo, Chris Baker, cornerbacks, Darryl Tapp, David Amerson, DeAngelo Hall, Defense, defensive line, EJ Biggers, inside linebackers, Jarvis Jenkins, Josh Wilson, Nick Barnett, outside linebackers, Perry Riley, Reed Doughty, Rob Jackson, Ryan Kerrigan, Safeties, Stephen Bowen, The Outsider, Week 17

Posted at 01:54 PM ET, 12/17/2013

Turnover woes have plagued Redskins

Team has committed 29 turnovers this season with two games left, already 15 more than all of last season.

By Mark Maske  |  01:54 PM ET, 12/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Defense, Offense, turnovers, Week 16

Posted at 11:31 AM ET, 12/07/2013

Redskins defense braces for Kansas City RB Jamaal Charles

Chiefs running back is third in the league in rushing yards.

By Mike Jones  |  11:31 AM ET, 12/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Defense, Kansas City Chiefs, Redskins vs. Chiefs, Week 14

Posted at 01:23 PM ET, 12/06/2013

Jim Haslett predicts Brian Orakpo, Ryan Kerrigan will reach 10 sacks each

Kerrigan currently has 6-1/2 and Orakpo has 8-1/2, with four games left.

By Mark Maske  |  01:23 PM ET, 12/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Redskins defense

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 12/05/2013

Barry Cofield wonders what next season’s Redskins defense will look like

Seven of the team’s current defensive starters are eligible for free agency in the offseason.

By Mark Maske  |  10:00 AM ET, 12/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  barry cofield, Defense, free agency, Week 14

Posted at 07:30 AM ET, 11/17/2013

Barry Cofield says he’ll be ‘shocked’ if Redskins don’t play better on defense against Eagles second time around

‘We were kind of the sacrificial lambs for the league for those first 30 minutes in that game,’ nose tackle says of season opener against Chip Kelly’s offense.

By Mark Maske  |  07:30 AM ET, 11/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  barry cofield, Defense, Redskins vs. Eagles, Week 11

Posted at 01:16 PM ET, 11/14/2013

Jim Haslett: ‘There’s a lot to learn’ from Redskins’ Week 1 loss to Eagles

The rematch comes Sunday in Philadelphia after the Eagles won on opening night at FedEx Field.

By Mark Maske  |  01:16 PM ET, 11/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brandon Meriweather, Defense, Jim Haslett, NFC East, Redskins vs. Eagles, video, Week 1, Week 11

Posted at 05:05 AM ET, 11/12/2013

Why the fourth-down pass to Santana Moss against the Vikings was a good call

A corner route -- not a fade -- to Santana Moss against this particular goal-line coverage was solid, even though it didn’t work late against the Vikings.

By Mark Bullock  |  05:05 AM ET, 11/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Defense, offensive philosophy, Redskins vs. Vikings, Santana Moss, The Outsider, Week 10

Posted at 09:01 AM ET, 10/24/2013

Redskins defenders: ‘Everyone’s going to be stressed, but everybody has to step up’

Redskins’ defensive coaches and players admit that despite all their hard work, they likely will still enter the game against Denver at a disadvantage.

By Mike Jones  |  09:01 AM ET, 10/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Defense, Josh Wilson, Redskins vs. Broncos, Reed Doughty

Posted at 08:01 AM ET, 10/22/2013

Redskins could be extremely shorthanded at safety against Broncos

Brandon Meriweather was suspended Monday and Reed Doughty suffered a concussion in the Chicago game Sunday.

By Mark Maske  |  08:01 AM ET, 10/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brandon Meriweather, Injuries, Redskins defense, Reed Doughty, Safeties, suspensions

Posted at 07:31 AM ET, 10/19/2013

Jarvis Jenkins, Rob Jackson ready to play more Sunday if needed

Duo debuted for Redskins in Dallas after being suspended for season’s first four games.

By Mark Maske  |  07:31 AM ET, 10/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Redskins defense

Posted at 10:02 AM ET, 10/17/2013

Defensive players pleased with progress

The defense is being credited with having its best game of the season in Sunday night’s loss at Dallas.

By Mark Maske  |  10:02 AM ET, 10/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  barry cofield, Defense, Jim Haslett, Secondary

Posted at 03:05 PM ET, 10/10/2013

Redskins preparing for Dallas's new-look defensive front

Because their divisional rivals twice a year, the Washington Redskins have good familiarity with the Dallas Cowboys' personnel, and that knowledge helps boost confidence. But this year, Washington's offensive players are preparing for changes along Dallas' defensive front.

By Mike Jones  |  03:05 PM ET, 10/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dallas Cowboys, pass rush, Redskins vs. Cowboys, run defense

Posted at 11:18 AM ET, 10/10/2013

The Outsider: Reviewing the Redskins' blitzes against Tony Romo and the Cowboys

Washington employed a handful of blitzes to force the Dallas quarterback to rush throws the last time the teams met. The Outsider takes a closer look at them.

By Mark Bullock  |  11:18 AM ET, 10/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  blitz packages, Defense, Jim Haslett, Redskins vs. Cowboys, The Outsider

Posted at 11:14 AM ET, 10/09/2013

Redskins defense braces for Romo after quarterback's 500-yard game

The improvisational skills of the Dallas quarterback could be particularly problematic.

By Mark Maske  |  11:14 AM ET, 10/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  barry cofield, Defense, Josh Wilson, Redskins vs. Cowboys, Tony Romo

Posted at 07:01 AM ET, 10/09/2013

What’s wrong with the NFC East?

What’s behind the records of 2-3 or worse for all four division teams? How about bad defense?

By Keith McMillan  |  07:01 AM ET, 10/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dallas Cowboys, Defense, New York Giants, NFC East, Opening kick, Philadelphia Eagles

Posted at 09:40 AM ET, 10/08/2013

The Outsider: How Redskins' moves in the secondary improved the run defense

The Outsider takes a look at how Washington's changes in the secondary impacted the run defense, which was not good for two games, but got better against the Lions and Raiders.

By Mark Bullock  |  09:40 AM ET, 10/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  run defense, Safeties, Secondary, The Outsider

Posted at 03:32 PM ET, 09/25/2013

Redskins defenders see Raiders as a challenge for run defense

Although encouraged by the improvement, the Redskins believe that the true measuring stick for growth will come this week when the team faces the Oakland Raiders, who rank third in the NFL, averaging 148.7 rushing yards a game.

By Mike Jones  |  03:32 PM ET, 09/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  barry cofield, Oakland Raiders, Redskins vs. Raiders, run defense

Posted at 01:23 PM ET, 09/25/2013

Bacarri Rambo takes demotion in stride

Baccari Rambo was taken out of the starting lineup, but says he’ll let the coaches coach, and work on improving.

By Mike Jones  |  01:23 PM ET, 09/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Baccari Rambo, Defense, Rookies, Safeties

Posted at 11:36 AM ET, 09/24/2013

Redskins have been creative on defense, without success so far

The starting secondary against the Lions featured three cornerbacks and only one safety.

By Mark Maske  |  11:36 AM ET, 09/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  0-3, cornerbacks, Defense, Jim Haslett, Josh Wilson, Safeties, Secondary

Posted at 03:02 PM ET, 09/23/2013

Barry Cofield says defense ‘isn’t playing well enough to win right now’

The Redskins have allowed the most yards in a season’s first three games by an NFL team since 1966, according to Elias.

By Mark Maske  |  03:02 PM ET, 09/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  0-3, barry cofield, Defense, Jim Haslett

Posted at 09:10 AM ET, 09/23/2013

Five observations from the Redskins’ loss to the Lions

The Redskins show improvement in a number of areas, but can’t find a way to overcome shortcomings in yet another loss this season.

By Mike Jones  |  09:10 AM ET, 09/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  0-3, Defense, Injuries, observations, Redskins vs. Lions, Robert Griffin III, special teams

Posted at 10:32 AM ET, 09/20/2013

Josh Wilson: Yards don’t matter, wins do

‘If we give up 1,000 yards and we’re 2-0 ... who cares?’ cornerback says.

By Mark Maske  |  10:32 AM ET, 09/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2013 season, Defense, Josh Wilson, Redskins vs. Lions, Week 3

Posted at 08:16 AM ET, 09/20/2013

Fletcher addressed teammates this week

Linebacker urged each Redskins player to focus on doing his own job and performing his own assignments, according to a player who heard the speech Wednesday.

By Mark Maske  |  08:16 AM ET, 09/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brian Orakpo, Defense, Josh Wilson, leadership, London Fletcher

Posted at 02:31 PM ET, 09/19/2013

Orakpo and Kerrigan playing well, Haslett says

Outside-linebacker duo totaled three sacks last Sunday in Green Bay.

By Mark Maske  |  02:31 PM ET, 09/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brian Orakpo, Defense, Jim Haslett, Ryan Kerrigan

Posted at 01:48 PM ET, 09/19/2013

Haslett accepts blame, expresses confidence in players

The coordinator says the Redskins have enough talent, and if they can stop the run, they can fix the defensive issues.

By Mike Jones  |  01:48 PM ET, 09/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Defense, Jim Haslett, Redskins vs. Lions, Week 3

Posted at 01:01 PM ET, 09/19/2013

Redskins two yards shy of record for yards allowed in two weeks of the season

The 1,023 yards that the Washington Redskins defense has allowed through two weeks stand just two yards shy of the NFL record for yards given up through two games.

By Mike Jones  |  01:01 PM ET, 09/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2013 season, Defense

Posted at 09:17 AM ET, 09/19/2013

Calvin Johnson, Lions expect to exploit weaknesses in Redskins’ secondary

Calvin Johnson and the Lions believe they will have plenty of opportunities for big plays against the Redskins.

By Mike Jones  |  09:17 AM ET, 09/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Defense, Detroit Lions, Redskins vs. Lions

Posted at 09:30 AM ET, 09/16/2013

Five observations from the Redskins’ 38-20 loss to the Packers

The Washington Redskins have now dropped to 0-2 after another baffling performance that saw them struggle to do anything right in the first half and then have to claw their way back to respectability in the second half.

By Mike Jones  |  09:30 AM ET, 09/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Defense, observations, read option, Redskins vs. Packers, Robert Griffin III, zone read

Posted at 04:06 PM ET, 09/12/2013

Packers’ McCarthy, Redskins’ Haslett meet again

When Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett coaches his unit against the offense of the Packers offense, he will match wits with Green Bay head coach and play caller Mike McCarthy.

By Mike Jones  |  04:06 PM ET, 09/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Defense, Jim Haslett, Redskins vs. Packers, Week 2

Posted at 01:47 PM ET, 09/12/2013

Redskins hope familiarity with 3-4 defense helps against Packers

As they aim to bounce back from Monday night’s disappointing showing against the Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins offensive players believe that familiarity could help them as prepare to attack the Green Bay Packers defense.

By Mike Jones  |  01:47 PM ET, 09/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  3-4 defense, Defense, Green Bay Packers, offensive philosophy, Redskins vs. Packers, Week 2

Posted at 12:31 PM ET, 09/12/2013

Kedric Golston says Redskins’ tackling must improve

According to defensive lineman, Redskins’ miscues--not the Eagles’ offensive system--were the issue Monday night.

By Mark Maske  |  12:31 PM ET, 09/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Defense, Kedric Golston, Redskins vs. Eagles, tackling, Week 2

Posted at 05:41 PM ET, 09/10/2013

Redskins’ defense was properly prepared for Eagles, Shanahan says

Eagles ran only one play on offense that the Redskins hadn’t seen previously, coach says.

By Mark Maske  |  05:41 PM ET, 09/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Defense, Philadelphia Eagles, Redskins vs. Eagles, Week 1

Posted at 01:30 PM ET, 09/10/2013

Meriweather’s absence again an issue for struggling secondary

Safety has played one of team’s 17 regular season games since being signed.

By Mark Maske  |  01:30 PM ET, 09/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brandon Meriweather, cornerbacks, Injuries, pass defense, Safeties

Posted at 01:40 PM ET, 09/04/2013

Eagles’ offensive tempo doesn’t worry Redskins’ Hall

DeAngelo Hall says conditioning won't be a problem, and neither will the Eagles' tempo in the opening game of the season.

By Mike Jones  |  01:40 PM ET, 09/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeAngelo Hall, Defense, offensive philosophy, Philadelphia Eagles, Redskins vs. Eagles, Week 1

Posted at 09:02 AM ET, 09/04/2013

Five areas to monitor as the Redskins prepare for the Eagles

The Redskins get back to work today and continue to install their plan for Monday night’s date with the Eagles.

By Mike Jones  |  09:02 AM ET, 09/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  barry cofield, Brandon Meriweather, Defense, Philadelphia Eagles, Redskins vs. Eagles, Redskins-Eagles, Robert Griffin III, Week 1

Posted at 08:33 AM ET, 08/28/2013

Haslett taking advantage of improved pass-rusher depth

Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett last Saturday unveiled another wrinkle in his pass-rushing packages when he went with six linebackers in some third-down situations to take advantage of a dearth of talent at that position.

By Mike Jones  |  08:33 AM ET, 08/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  brandon jenkins, Darryl Tapp, Defense, Jim Haslett, Linebackers, outside linebackers, pass rush, Ryan Kerrigan

Posted at 09:02 AM ET, 08/23/2013

Jim Haslett will try view from above again for Redskins-Bills preseason game on Saturday

Defensive coordinator plans to coach against Bills from the coaches' booth in the press box, then make a decision later about whether to stay there or return to the sideline for regular season games.

By Mark Maske  |  09:02 AM ET, 08/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Defense, Jim Haslett, preseason

Posted at 09:45 AM ET, 08/21/2013

Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett experimenting with view from the box

For the first time in his coaching career, Haslett was not on the sideline for a game during Monday night's preseason game between the Redskins and Pittsburgh Steelers.

By Mike Jones  |  09:45 AM ET, 08/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Defense, Jim Haslett

Posted at 08:03 AM ET, 08/18/2013

Jim Haslett hopeful Redskins' defense can withstand early-season test of its depth

Backup linebacker Keenan Robinson is hurt, while defensive end Jarvis Jenkins and reserve linebacker Rob Jackson are suspended from the first four games of the season.

By Mark Maske  |  08:03 AM ET, 08/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Defense, Jim Haslett, Redskins defense

Posted at 02:02 PM ET, 08/15/2013

Haslett says Redskins have 'looked at endless film on Oregon' to ready for Chip Kelly's offense

Eagles' up-tempo offensive approach presents challenge for season opener.

By Mark Maske  |  02:02 PM ET, 08/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Defense, defensive philosophy, Jim Haslett, Redskins vs. Eagles, Week 1

Posted at 08:19 AM ET, 08/09/2013

Redskins vs. Titans: Five observations from Washington's preseason opener

Bacarri Rambo takes his lumps, Kirk Cousins looks sharp, and more from the 22-21 exhibition victory in Nashville.

By Mike Jones  |  08:19 AM ET, 08/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bacarri Rambo, Defense, Kirk Cousins, observations, preseason, Robert Griffin III, Running backs, Tennessee Titans

Posted at 09:32 AM ET, 08/05/2013

Redskins' first depth chart of the preseason reveals no surprises

The Washington Redskins have released their first official depth chart in advance of their preseason opener in Nashville on Thursday.

By Mike Jones  |  09:32 AM ET, 08/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Defense, Depth Chart, Offense, preseason, special teams, Training camp

Posted at 12:02 PM ET, 08/02/2013

Redskins have 12 defensive players with expiring contracts

The 2013 campaign also carries great significance for the future of a number of defensive players. Twelve defensive players six of them starters are entering the final years of their contracts.

By Mike Jones  |  12:02 PM ET, 08/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2013 season outlook, Brandon Meriweather, Brian Orakpo, contracts, DeAngelo Hall, Defense, free agency, Perry Riley

Posted at 09:43 AM ET, 07/31/2013

How much will the defensive losses hurt the Redskins?

Will the defense will be more susceptible to the run or the pass with the early injuries and suspension? And further, is this the best four-week period to be missing players?

By Keith McMillan  |  09:43 AM ET, 07/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Defense, Injuries, Training camp, video

Posted at 12:03 PM ET, 06/12/2013

Haslett sings praises of three rookie defensive backs

The Redskins defensive coordinator says David Amerson, Phillip Thomas and Baccari Rambo are developing, and with "more time on the grass" will contribute, and possibly start.

By Mike Jones  |  12:03 PM ET, 06/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  cornerbacks, Defense, Jim Haslett, minicamp, Rookies, Safeties, Secondary

Posted at 07:53 AM ET, 06/07/2013

'We feel like we should be a top-10 defense'

With the return of Brian Orakpo (pictured), Brandon Meriweather and Adam Carriker, Redskins defense expects to be a stout unit in 2013.

By Mark Maske  |  07:53 AM ET, 06/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Defense, expectations, Injuries, OTAs, pass rush, Redskins defense, Secondary

Posted at 04:44 PM ET, 03/28/2013

Redskins sign former Eagle DE Darryl Tapp

Seven-year veteran probably will be switched to outside linebacker

By Mike Jones  |  04:44 PM ET, 03/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Darryl Tapp, Redskins, Redskins defense, Redskins' free agents

Posted at 04:22 PM ET, 03/01/2013

Safety Tanard Jackson remains under contract to Redskins

Suspended safety's one-year deal rolls over into the 2013 season, but he still must be reinstated by the NFL to be eligible to play.

By Mark Maske  |  04:22 PM ET, 03/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Redskins defense, Redskins Roster, Tanard Jackson

Posted at 12:36 PM ET, 01/14/2013

Redskins season review: The defense

The unit was expected to be the team's strength, but struggled badly over the first half of the season before showing improvement after the bye.

By Mike Jones  |  12:36 PM ET, 01/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Redskins, Redskins defense, Redskins review

Posted at 11:43 AM ET, 12/24/2012

Redskins extend multiple-turnover, multiple-sack streak to three games

The Washington Redskins' defense continued to force turnovers and sack quarterbacks Sunday.

By Mike Jones  |  11:43 AM ET, 12/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Redskins defense, Redskins-Eagles

Posted at 02:11 PM ET, 11/15/2012

Jim Haslett hopes one-on-one meetings with defensive backs sparks improvement

Searching for a cure to his struggling defense, Washington Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett and his assistants met with members of the secondary one-on-one during the bye week and discussed their shortcomings to date.

By Mike Jones  |  02:11 PM ET, 11/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Defense, Jim Haslett, Redskins defense

Posted at 02:49 PM ET, 11/09/2012

Redskins work out defensive backs, linebackers

The Washington Redskins worked out three defensive backs and two linebackers, but didnt immediately sign any of them.

By Mike Jones  |  02:49 PM ET, 11/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Redskins defense

Posted at 12:04 PM ET, 11/05/2012

Darrell Green, Charles Mann: Poor technique to blame for Redskins defensive struggles

As they watch their former team struggle through yet another campaign, Redskins greats Darrell Green and Charles Mann believe that they have pinpointed the root of the problems particularly on defense.

By Mike Jones  |  12:04 PM ET, 11/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Charles Mann, Darrell Green, Defense

Posted at 04:53 PM ET, 11/01/2012

Shanahan: Time for Redskins’ veterans to ‘step up or shut up’

Coach says, 'This is where normally football teams are taken over by their veterans.'

By Mark Maske  |  04:53 PM ET, 11/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Defense

Posted at 10:47 AM ET, 10/30/2012

Mike Shanahan: Redskins could be 5-3 if not for injuries on defense

For a second straight year, the Redskins are 3-5 at the halfway point of the season.

By Mike Jones  |  10:47 AM ET, 10/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Jim Haslett, Mike Shanahan, Redskins defense, Washington Redskins

Posted at 03:38 PM ET, 10/18/2012

Lorenzo Alexander welcomes expanded role on defense

Redskins' special teams captain acknowledges that more snaps on defense mean his punt and kickoff responsibilities must be curtailed.

By Mark Maske  |  03:38 PM ET, 10/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Lorenzo Alexander, Redskins defense

Posted at 02:16 PM ET, 10/18/2012

Jim Haslett dislikes ‘bend but don’t break’ description of defense

The Redskins allowed the Vikings 421 yards but was tough in the red zone

By Mike Jones  |  02:16 PM ET, 10/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Jim Haslett, Redskins defense, Washington Redskins

Posted at 03:06 PM ET, 10/11/2012

Jim Haslett continues experimenting as defense tries to overcome injuries

Defensive coordinator searches for answers to problems the Redskins didn't expect.

By Mike Jones  |  03:06 PM ET, 10/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Defense, Jim Haslett, Washington Redskins

Posted at 03:31 PM ET, 10/04/2012

Redskins say pass rush could be key against Falcons, Ryan

The defense has a modest seven sacks in the season's first four games.

By Mark Maske  |  03:31 PM ET, 10/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Defense, Redskins pass rush, Redskins-Falcons, Ryan Kerrigan, Washington Redskins

Posted at 09:01 AM ET, 09/28/2012

Redskins aim to remain stout against the run

While the Washington Redskins’ defense has struggled against the pass this season, one area that the unit has excelled at is stopping the run.

By Mike Jones  |  09:01 AM ET, 09/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  defensive line, Redskins defense, Redskins-Buccaneers

Posted at 01:42 PM ET, 09/27/2012

Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett takes the blame for Bengals’ Wildcat TD pass

Redskins' defense wasn't properly aligned on the play.

By Mike Jones  |  01:42 PM ET, 09/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Jim Haslett, Redeskins defense, Redskins defense, Washington Redskins

Posted at 12:23 PM ET, 09/27/2012

Ronde Barber: London Fletcher’s 227 consecutive games streak most impressive

Fletcher and Barber share longest active streak, but Fletcher has done it as a linebacker

By Mike Jones  |  12:23 PM ET, 09/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  London Fletcher, Redskins defense, Washington Redskins

Posted at 11:46 AM ET, 09/27/2012

Redskins’ pass defense is the worst in the NFL

Washington yields the most yards per passing attempt of any team. That stat is the most reliable predictor of any in football

By Brian Burke  |  11:46 AM ET, 09/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brian Burek, Brian Burke, Redskins defense, Redskins pass defense, Washington Redskins

Posted at 07:28 PM ET, 09/20/2012

Ryan Kerrigan picks up an additional sack

Additional sack credited to Redskins linebacker after a review of Sunday's game against St. Louis.

By Mike Jones  |  07:28 PM ET, 09/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Redskikns defense, Redskins defense, Ryan Kerrigan

Posted at 03:01 PM ET, 09/13/2012

DeAngelo Hall still adjusting to playing nickelback

Redskins coaches say Sunday against New Orleans was DeAngelo Hall’s best game as a member of Washington’s secondary.

By Mike Jones  |  03:01 PM ET, 09/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeAngelo Hall, Defense, defensive backs, Redskins defense

Posted at 11:57 AM ET, 09/13/2012

Sam Bradford wary of Redskins’ defense

Rams QB impressed with Washington front seven and banged up secondary

By Mike Jones  |  11:57 AM ET, 09/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Defense, game matchups, Redskins defense, Redskins-Rams

Posted at 03:17 PM ET, 09/12/2012

DeJon Gomes savors first career interception, gets grief for not scoring TD

Short summary of story

By Steve Yanda  |  03:17 PM ET, 09/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brandon Meriweather, DeJon Gomes, Drew Brees, Redskins, Redskins defense

Posted at 03:05 PM ET, 09/11/2012

Redskins’ secondary got job done against Drew Brees, Saints

The Redskins' defensive backfield held New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees to less than a 50 percent completion rate Sunday.

By Mark Maske  |  03:05 PM ET, 09/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Redskins defense, Redskins secondary, Washington Redskins

Posted at 05:10 PM ET, 09/10/2012

Safety Jordan Bernstine lost for season; Redskins add free agent Jordan Pugh

Rookie seventh-round draft pick tore three ligaments in his right knee.

By Mike Jones  |  05:10 PM ET, 09/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Redskins defense, Redskins injuries, Redskins roster moves

Posted at 03:43 PM ET, 09/06/2012

Saints defensive player to watch: DT Sedrick Ellis

The 6-foot-1, 307-pound Ellis isn’t the biggest or most overpowering defensive tackle, but uses his quickness off the line to cause problems for opponents.

By Mike Jones  |  03:43 PM ET, 09/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  game matchups, New Orleans Saints, Redskins-Saints, Saints defense, Washington Redskins

Posted at 03:25 PM ET, 09/06/2012

Jim Haslett is comfortable with the Redskins’ secondary

Defensive coordinator says the key to the game will be limiting the explosive offense's production

By Mike Jones  |  03:25 PM ET, 09/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Defense, game matchups, Redskins defense, Washington Redskins

Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 09/06/2012

DeJon Gomes gets first-team work as Redskins scramble for backup plan at strong safety

The injury woes that have plagued the Redskins and their safeties the last two seasons seem to have continued as Mike Shanahan announced that the team will open the year with Brandon Meriweather sidelined for two to four weeks with a sprained MCL and PCL.

By Mike Jones  |  10:30 AM ET, 09/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Defense, injury updates, Redskins defense, Safeties

Posted at 04:18 PM ET, 09/05/2012

Brandon Meriweather out two to four weeks with new knee injury

Backup DeJon Gomes sees most of the time with the first team in practice Wednesday

By Mike Jones  |  04:18 PM ET, 09/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brandon Meriweather, Redskins defense, Washington Redskins

Posted at 03:25 PM ET, 09/05/2012

Saints offensive player to watch: QB Drew Brees

One of the elite quarterbacks in the NFL, he has few flaws in his game.

By Mike Jones  |  03:25 PM ET, 09/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brian Orakpo, Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints, Redskins defense, Redskins-Saints, Ryan Kerrigan, Washington Redskins

Posted at 12:25 PM ET, 09/05/2012

Practice bubble noise helps as Redskins prepare for Saints

The Redskins' practice bubble allows them to simulate the noise they will experience in the Superdome Sunday against the New Orleans Saints.

By Mike Jones  |  12:25 PM ET, 09/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Defense, Redskins Park, Redskins practice bubble

Posted at 09:08 PM ET, 09/03/2012

Crezdon Butler set to play catch-up with Redskins

Cornerback, once again healthy, has played in similar defensive schemes.

By Mike Jones  |  09:08 PM ET, 09/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Defense; defensive backs; cornerbacks; Crezdon Butler, Redskins defense, Redskins roster moves

Posted at 08:54 PM ET, 09/03/2012

Reed Doughty is preparing to start if needed

Uncertainty over knee injury of starter Brandon Meriweather leaves backup's status up in the air.

By Mark Maske  |  08:54 PM ET, 09/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Redskins defense, Redskins safeties, Reed Doughty

Posted at 06:04 PM ET, 09/03/2012

Orakpo: ‘I’m back’

Linebacker says his preseason shoulder injury is healing and he intends to be in the Redskins' lineup for Sunday's opener at New Orleans.

By Mark Maske  |  06:04 PM ET, 09/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brian Orakpo; Orakpo injury; Redskins defense; Redskins injuries, Redskins injuries

Posted at 05:06 PM ET, 09/01/2012

Redskins add CB Crezdon Butler to round out 53-man roster

The Washington Redskins have filled their final roster spot, claiming cornerback Crezdon Butler off of the waiver wire, bringing their number of players at his position to five.

By Mike Jones  |  05:06 PM ET, 09/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Redskins; redskins roster updates; Redskins defense; defensive backs; roster moves; defense

Posted at 05:05 PM ET, 08/31/2012

Redskins safety Tanard Jackson suspended indefinitely for violating NFL substance abuse policy

Jackson, who had been competing for a backup safety position, violated the NFL’s substance abuse policy for a third time, according to two people with knowledge of the situation.

By Mike Jones and Mark Maske  |  05:05 PM ET, 08/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Redskins defense; Tanard Jackson; Redskins safeties, Redskins roster