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Old 05-03-2007, 04:49 PM   #1
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Clayton: NFC big questions

Nothing new here, but at least it's something to talk about other than picking up Joe Schmoe lineman:

ESPN.com - NFL - Clayton: NFC big questions

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Can another safety help the pass rush?

Joe Gibbs thought LaRon Landry was the best defensive player in the draft, so he made him the sixth pick after repeated efforts to trade down. Now the Redskins have two of the most talented safeties in the league -- Landry and Sean Taylor, who was the fifth pick in the 2004 draft. The problem is the Redskins passed over a pass-rusher, Jamaal Anderson, to take Landry. The Redskins are calling all around to see if a veteran pass-rusher is available. The Redskins had only 19 sacks last season. Without any pressure on the quarterback, opponents had a 97.8 quarterback rating against them. Unless the Redskins can find a way to get a pass rush, Landy and Taylor might get a lot of opportunities to get tackles downfield.
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Old 05-03-2007, 04:53 PM   #2
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Nothing new here, but at least it's something to talk about other than picking up Joe Schmoe lineman:

ESPN.com - NFL - Clayton: NFC big questions

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Can another safety help the pass rush?

Joe Gibbs thought LaRon Landry was the best defensive player in the draft, so he made him the sixth pick after repeated efforts to trade down. Now the Redskins have two of the most talented safeties in the league -- Landry and Sean Taylor, who was the fifth pick in the 2004 draft. The problem is the Redskins passed over a pass-rusher, Jamaal Anderson, to take Landry. The Redskins are calling all around to see if a veteran pass-rusher is available. The Redskins had only 19 sacks last season. Without any pressure on the quarterback, opponents had a 97.8 quarterback rating against them. Unless the Redskins can find a way to get a pass rush, Landy and Taylor might get a lot of opportunities to get tackles downfield.
I just mentioned this article in another thread. It says here that we are still actively looking for another pass-rusher, yet Gibbs said he is confident in our D-line as is. So what gives? I wonder who we are "calling around" to...
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Old 05-03-2007, 05:33 PM   #3
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I'm sure we are testing the waters some. I don't think Gibbs is being contradictory by saying he's fine w/the d line & looking for additional help at the same time. I think he's playing politics w/his existing troops to some degree, but he's always had confidence in vets & confidence that he could get more out of them.

I would honestly be surprised if we suddenly threw some big $ at somebody though. There are still a couple possibilities, but there's nobody that is real big time.

One guy I've been wondering about is Jevon Kearse. I recall someone mentioning him a few months ago as a potential june 1 cut. He has a history w/GW at Tenn. At this point in his career he's probably best as a situational pass rusher, which is what we need most, assuming he can get most of his burst back.
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I'm sure we are testing the waters some. I don't think Gibbs is being contradictory by saying he's fine w/the d line & looking for additional help at the same time. I think he's playing politics w/his existing troops to some degree, but he's always had confidence in vets & confidence that he could get more out of them.

I would honestly be surprised if we suddenly threw some big $ at somebody though. There are still a couple possibilities, but there's nobody that is real big time.

One guy I've been wondering about is Jevon Kearse. I recall someone mentioning him a few months ago as a potential june 1 cut. He has a history w/GW at Tenn. At this point in his career he's probably best as a situational pass rusher, which is what we need most, assuming he can get most of his burst back.
Don't get me wrong, I love Kearse. He's a Gator and a great guy, but he's over 30 now and so darn injury prone....
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Don't get me wrong, I love Kearse. He's a Gator and a great guy, but he's over 30 now and so darn injury prone....
yeah, he's injury prone that's why he'd have to be a situational pass rusher (if he can still do that). wouldn't want to play him a lot of snaps.

Is he over 30 already? He was drafted in 2000 or so right?
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yeah, he's injury prone that's why he'd have to be a situational pass rusher (if he can still do that). wouldn't want to play him a lot of snaps.

Is he over 30 already? He was drafted in 2000 or so right?
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dude will be 31 at season's start!
he might be able to contribute, have a couple more good years.

I'd rather see Hickman make the team, but I wouldn't be opposed to having Kearse in camp for vet min.
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Old 05-03-2007, 06:41 PM   #8
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the big question is will he be cut. any credible indications of that?
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There's no way Gibbs does not recognize the need for help in the d-line. and to ignore it, or pretend it does not exist is a mistake. Because there was no one at #6 they wanted to pay does not make the need go away.
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Joe says he's confident.....? until we sign our next player. Then HE IS REALLY confident! Just like I will be.
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If re really want a good d-lineman shouldn't we act like we are fine. Otherwise the player has leverage.
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smootsmack, what kind of decent linemen are available? kearse gets hurt getting out of bed in the morning
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Re: Clayton: NFC big questions

That article calms my fears a little anyway. At least we KNOW we NEED a DE...if they want something, they usually get it.
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Old 05-03-2007, 11:38 PM   #14
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will smith is reportedly unhappy and he is a straight bad ass. i heard burgess in oakland was unhappy two, that guy has had 30 plus sacks in two years, most in the nfl. lavar arrington hahaha i only wish we had the ball too and he had the heart to come back, i am sorry but i love that fucker. seriously though how about trying to trade for julius peppers, who is in the final year of his contract i am pretty sure. we would most likely have to give up next years 1 and 2 and maybe 3 for him, is he worth it, i think so but that sounds like a madden trade. how about one of the bears defensive ends, trade for alex brown. and my last maybe trade comes from buffalo and his name is aaron schobal.
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i heard burgess in oakland was unhappy two, that guy has had 30 plus sacks in two years, most in the nfl.
I doubt oakland would trade or cut him, their defense was great last year, why change it!? If he is that unhappy they have got the cap room to pay him!

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seriously though how about trying to trade for julius peppers, who is in the final year of his contract i am pretty sure. we would most likely have to give up next years 1 and 2 and maybe 3 for him, is he worth it, i think so
Seriously, this will NEVER happen. Kris Jenkins may be worth looking into, i've read that Carolina are shopping him and he would make a great addition to the d-line (Provided he could stay healthy)
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