The Washington Redskins go to New Orleans with a reshuffled secondary to face Saints quarterback Drew Brees in Sunday’s season opener.
It doesn’t exactly appear to be a favorable season-opening matchup for the Redskins. Brees set a NFL season record for passing yards a year ago. But cornerback DeAngelo Hall said Friday he’s confident the Redskins can succeed.
“I feel extremely confident that we can execute the game plan and come out with a win,” Hall said. “Ultimately that’s what we want to do. We’re not coming into this game saying we’re going to hold these guys to 100 yards, 200 yards or anything like that. We just want to score more points than them. That’s the bottom line. No matter how we get to that point, that has to be the mindset of this football team.”
The Redskins will play without safety Brandon Meriweather, who’s sidelined for two to four weeks after re-injuring his left knee during Monday’s practice. Backup safety Tanard Jackson is serving a suspension of at least a year for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. DeJon Gomes seems likely to start at safety alongside Madieu Williams.
“It’s going to be tough not having Brandon,” Hall said. “It’s going to be tough not having [Jackson] out there. But the next guy has to step up and make that play.”
Hall said he has plenty of respect for Brees.
“He makes every throw,” Hall said. “He’s so smart. He’s seen pretty much everything you can throw at him. Drew is on that same level as Peyton [Manning], Tom [Brady], Aaron Rodgers. You can group all those guys in a bucket and kind of pick one of them.”
But Hall still maintained that the Redskins can make things work on defense Sunday.
“We’ve got to win the game,” Hall said. “That’s what we’re going down there for. We’re not going down there to try to stop Drew Brees or shut down their offense or do anything like that. Hopefully we have some success in that aspect. But we just want to come out of there with a win. That’s the ultimate goal.”