Last year, Orakpo drew so much attention because he was the sole difference maker on that defensive front. With the additions of two proven guys in Stephen Bowen and Barry Cofield on the interior this year, the biggest question that remained was whether Kerrigan could successfully make the transition from having his hand in the dirt to standing up.
Kerringan has not only transitioned well, he's showing that he can ball, and he’s helping to take some of the pressure off of Orakpo.
As a former pass-rushing linebacker, it's a lonely feeling when an offense turns their whole blocking scheme toward you, knowing you are the only one who can pass rush. Fighting through two, three and sometimes even four blockers is not only difficult, it wears you down much quicker.
Now if these teams try and turn the blocking toward Orakpo, they run the risk of not having enough protection on the other side. Kerrigan's success in the first two games is sure to convince offensive coordinators around the league that they need to put just as much time and thought into how to deal with him as they do with Orakpo.
Kerrigan has been a pleasant surprise so far. That he can start so fast and pick up on the little nuances of a new position is amazing. It shows his football IQ. It took me much longer to get adjusted, and I was playing my natural position.
We could be seeing the start of a nice tradition of talented pass-rushing duos. Dare I say that the golden age may have begun in Washington for 3-4 linebackers?
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