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Take the rush defense out of the equation; they’ve done everything that is asked and then some. This is strictly a one-dimensional problem.
With the absence of Brian Orakpo, the defense hasn’t been able to generate a pass rush. Ryan Kerrigan has made a few plays here and there, but he clearly misses his counterpart. Rob Jackson and Chris Wilson have struggled in their linebacker-by-committee approach.
So how do you remedy a lack of pass rush? Well, blitzing could work; the problem is you need cornerbacks whom you can trust in one-on-one coverage.
DeAngelo Hall, Josh Wilson, Cedric Griffin and Richard Crawford all have been inefficient in man-to-man coverage so far this season.
Generating a pass rush forces the quarterback to make errant throws, thus giving the defense the ability to make game-changing plays.
What I have noticed thus far this year is that opposing receivers are wide open on a frequent basis. Do we blame the personnel? Do we blame Jim Haslett’s scheme? Maybe new defensive back coach Raheem Morris?
It’s really a combination of everything. Safeties Madieu Williams, Reed Doughty and DeJon Gomes are inferior to their opponents. Josh Wilson has regressed from last season, and Hall remains consistently inconsistent.
The Atlanta game was an improvement. Big plays were not surrendered, but the Falcons matriculated the ball down the field with short, high-percentage passes.
I’ll take that over big plays, but the Redskins have yet to stop an opposing offense for four quarters. Adjustments and personnel decisions need to be made; this, obviously, isn’t working.