Upset by their inability to register a single sack against the New York Jets Sunday – the first time all season that they were shut out – Washington Redskins linebackers and defensive linemen met this week to ensure it doesn’t happen again.
“We’re all hungry,” said outside linebacker Brian Orakpo, who has six sacks this season. “We know what’s at stake. We know they were passing the ball and we weren’t able to finish plays. … Hopefully that won’t ever happen again.”
The Redskins entered last Sunday’s game averaging three sacks per outing and currently are fifth in the NFL. So Sunday’s blanking was upsetting to Orakpo and his teammates.
“We’re a prideful group and we know we have a lot of ability between the outside linebackers and defensive lineman,” said defensive end Stephen Bowen, who has recorded a career high 4.5 sacks this season. We know that should never happen, so we focused on never letting that happen again.”
Defensive coordinator Jim Haslett said the Jets deserve some credit for limiting Washington.
“Ones we had opportunities to get we missed and that’s probably the disappointing thing,” Haslett said. “But I thought the Jets did a good job of putting the quarterback in a position where they weren’t going to be in third-and-long. They weren’t going to drop back, seven-step drops. They weren’t going to take those drops where we could get there much.”
Still, the Redskins’ players say they have to do better this week, and they know where to focus to produce better results.
“We’ve just got to do a better job of execution. That’s what it comes down to,” Bowen said. “We should’ve done it last week, so we’ve really been focusing on the little details this week on how we can affect Brady.”
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