We know the offense can score, but what about the defense?
Needing to field better coverage and stuff more consistently against the run, Washington won't make a Super Bowl run until the defense improves: Despite averaging 27.3 points per game, the Redskins also allowed an average of 24.3.
Unsurprisingly, the following reports involve the defensive side.
DeAngelo Hall Released
This was not surprising. DeAngelo Hall may have defended 14 passes, recorded four picks and made 95 tackles last season, but he wasn't dominant in man-to-man.
Mike Jones @MikeJonesWaPo
Redskins have released DeAngelo Hall, source says.3/11/2013, 5:15:52 PM
That was a key reason why the Redskins allowed 31 passing touchdowns and a 61.8 completion percentage. Too many yards were allowed after the catch and the Redskins then couldn't disguise coverage at a consistent rate.
As a result, expect Washington to try and upgrade its secondary via free agency or the draft. Talented depth is needed, and one of those also may occur before March concludes.
The Washington Redskins have expressed an interest in Talib and will be making a push to sign the New England Patriots' cornerback if and when he becomes available on Tuesday, according to a person informed of the negotiations between the sides.
This is a smart idea by the Redskins as Talib brings the size capable of jamming receivers at the line and walling off in zone.
His field awareness can also allow for occasional contributions at safety when needed. The ultimate result will be forcing more punts by getting off the field on third down—the Redskins ranked No. 32 in allowing a 44.2 third-down conversion rate.
Talib has a connection to the Redskins because he formerly played for secondary coach Raheem Morris with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Chemistry between a coach and player never hurts, and especially since the Redskins ranked No. 30 in pass defense last season.
Lorenzo Alexander brings experience and decent production to Washington.
Mike Jones @MikeJonesWaPo
Shanahan says Redskins still want to re-sign Lorenzo Alexander. "I hope we can compete with people, financially."3/11/2013, 9:03:45 PM
Presenting the size and athleticism to line up as an outside or inside 'backer, Alexander's mobility will pay dividends. He's also only turning 30 years old before the season and has plenty left in the tank to contribute.
Washington needs experience on defense, and after struggling with consistency against the run and pass, retaining Lorenzo would be key.
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