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Seattle radio host says Redskins D is ‘old, tired, not fast’

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Continuing my one-day quest to provide silly things for Redskins fans to get marginally irritated about, let me present the remarks by Seattle radio person Dave “Softy” Mahler on his KJR show Thursday morning.

“The Redskins defense ain’t that good, all right?” Mahler said. “And this may be one of the worst defenses [Seattle has] faced all year long, especially on the road. The Redskins are like, what, 28th in the NFL in total defense? They’re old, they’re tired, they’re not fast. This is the perfect opportunity for the Seahawks to go out there on defense and just do what they’ve been doing. We’re not asking for anything extra, we’re not asking for anything less. Just go out there and continue the trend. And the offense, against that Redskins defense, should be just fine. So I do trust them on Sunday.”

“No Orakpo, for some reason now people think Josh Wilson is a good corner?” another host person said. “He’s just a guy. He’s just a guy.”

“Oh c’mon,” Mahler continued. “Listen, if there’s anybody who should know what Josh Wilson’s all about, it’s the 12th man. DeAngelo Hall is old and tired. Gimme a break. These guys are ripe for the picking on Sunday…

“Look, they may play Washington 10 times and win seven or eight of ’em. But it’s not about being a better team than Washington. They ARE a better team than Washington. Man for man, player for player, I think they are a better team.”

“I agree,” the other person said.

“I mean, some could argue that RGIII is a better quarterback than Russell Wilson,” Mahler said. “Some may argue that Alfred Morris is having a better year than Marshawn Lynch, but I’ll take the veteran come playoff time, okay? It’s not about being a better team than Washington. It’s about being a better team than them on Sunday. That’s all that matters.”

At some point in there, Softy referenced an interview he had previously done this week with former Seattle fullback Mack Strong. You can listen to that one here. I did. Strong said “there’s nobody on this [Redskins] defense, really, that I’m that concerned about,” “mocked Wilson as “a little bitty short guy,” said the Seahawks “can beat [DeAngelo Hall] one-on-one,” and predicted a double-digit win. 

“If they don’t have a lot of turnovers, honestly, I don’t think this game will be close,” Strong said. “I just think the way the Seahawks are playing, they’re just way too powerful, way too physical, playing at a much higher level, I feel like, than the Washington Redskins. Not to take anything away from them, they’re paying at home. But I just feel like you line their 53 up against our 53, I think we win by at least 10 points.”

Dan Steinberg writes about all things D.C. sports at the D.C. Sports Bog.



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