The Washington Redskins Players/Positions to Watch


First off I will like to apologize for not writing a piece on the Miami Dolphins last week.  I was very busy and couldn't find the time to do it.  But i digress.

This week the Titans (5-3) coming off of two straight losses on the road come to LP Field to play the Washington Redskins (4-5) who were lit up like a Christmas tree on Monday night football by the Philadelphia Eagles.  Washington is not to be taken lightly however as they have come away with wins against "Super Bowl contenders".  They run a 3-4 defense which we should all be to aware of at this point.  The 'Skins also adapted the Mike Shanahan's zone running scheme and bootleg-filled offense.  The Redskins currently stand at 22nd In scoring offense and 26th in scoring defense.  

Albert Haynesworth

He has been a threat in this league since his inception as a Titan.  He is a versatile player but there has been lack of effort ever since the defensive scheme was changed from a 4-3 defense to a 3-4 defense.  He is poised to have a very good day for two reasons: 1) He's coming back to play his former which most players in the NFL have huge games against.  2) The Titans have a poor interior line.  If the Titans are not able to contain him then it's going to be a long day for the Titans offense.


Chris Cooley

He is an extremely gifted TE in both the blocking and receiving facets of the game.  He is a perfect fit for the Mike Shanahan offense and he is a top 5-10 TE in this league.  He runs good routes and has good instincts to find the open field.  McNabb has had no trouble finding as he has 42 receptions on the season.  The Titans will have their hands full on this one as they have struggled to cover TE all season long.  


DeAngelo Hall

Hall has really had a breakout year as far a CB go in this league.  He looks much better in coverage and fits perfectly into the Shanahan defense.  Hall gets his INTs only when the redskins can get their pass rush going as he has 6 INTs already,  He finds the ball and he will jump a route in a heartbeat.  Sometimes he does over anticipate and he jumps the route to early which leaves WRs wide open.  He is also a very physical CB as he has had 71 tackles on the year.  The trick here is to utilize the pump fake to maybe get Hall out of position. 


Brian Orakpo

Orakpo has emerged as the Redskins primer pass-rushing LB since his inception into the league in 2009.  Since the Redskins have switched to a 3-4 he has taken over a Clay Matthews-type role on the Redskins defense.  Orakpo is a force who already has 7.5 sacks this season and 1 forced fumble.  That almost matches his totals for his rookie campaign where he totaled 11 sacks and 1 forced fumble in a 4-3 defense.  It will be very important that the Titans Offensive Tackles can neutralize this guy or else it will be a long day for this offense.


Honorable Mentions:

Donovan McNabb, Santana Moss, Keiland Williams, London Fletcher, LaRon Landry, Brandon Banks, Anthony Armstrong 


Keys to Victory

  • Keep the Redskins pass rush at bay.
  • Utilize the perimeter of the Redskins D (particularly the side without Hall on it)
  • COVER COOLEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Get off the field on 3rd Down.
  • PROTECT VY!!!!  


P.S. Ive switched my computer to English (USA) spell check (I think) so that shouldn't be a problem anymore.


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