Brian Orakpo has been ominously quiet in recent weeks. His slump in form has been alarming, given that he is supposed to be the team's premier pass rusher.
Even though he is second on the team in sacks, Orakpo has only managed six takedowns all season. That's hardly the kind of number many would expect from a player who recorded 19.5 sacks and made consecutive Pro Bowls in his first two seasons.
The Washington Redskins current defensive scheme relies on Orakpo to generate the lion's share of pressure on opposing quarterbacks.
In the traditional, 2-gap 3-4 employed by the Redskins, the weakside outside linebacker is the primary pass rusher.
The switch to a 3-4 was supposed to liberate Orakpo. The scheme is designed to allow him to use his speed off the edge and attack the open side of a formation from a two-point stance.
But Orakpo has struggled at times this season to produce the kind of threat fans know he is capable of. Here are five methods the Redskins could employ to help return Orakpo to his best.