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In Their Defense, Redskins Seeking a More Complete Effort

Redskins rookie Brian Orakpo, above, believes he and Albert Haynesworth add
Redskins rookie Brian Orakpo, above, believes he and Albert Haynesworth add "fuel to the fire" on defense. (By John Mcdonnell -- The Washington Post)
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By Tracee Hamilton
Wednesday, September 9, 2009

The Washington Redskins' defense was ranked fourth overall in the NFL last season. Which really means very little. Defensive ratings aren't based on some complicated formula. They're based on yards allowed. That's certainly one yardstick for measuring a defense's performance, but it shouldn't be the only one.

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Here are some other statistical yardsticks:

-- Sacks: The Redskins had 24 last season, tied for 28th in the 32-team league.

-- Interceptions: The Redskins picked off 13 passes, tied for 17th in the league. They returned those interceptions a total of 114 yards, 27th in the league.

-- Fumbles: The Redskins forced 11, recovering five.

-- Points scored: None. The Redskins failed to score a defensive touchdown last season. No fumbles scooped up and run back for touchdowns. No interceptions picked off and returned. No safeties.

-- Turnover differential: Zero.

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