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Old 12-03-2009, 02:06 PM   #1
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Orakpo gradually shifting to DE?

http://dcprosportsreport.com/2009/12/03/orakpo-to-de-blades-to-lb.html

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According to CBS Rapid Reports, the 13th overall draft pick Brian Orakpo is working more on the defensive line while HB Blades picks up additional time at practices with the starters. Could this be the logical shift that made sense when Orakpo was drafted?
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Old 12-03-2009, 02:13 PM   #2
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Re: Orakpo gradually shifting to DE?

I could see us switching to a 3-4 next season.. Depending on our new hc
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Old 12-03-2009, 02:17 PM   #3
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Re: Orakpo gradually shifting to DE?

Seems the writer of the article assumes this would be a permanent change, but look at our opponent; the saints are gonna throw the ball a lot & Blache may just be starting Rak at DE for this game only.
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Old 12-03-2009, 02:49 PM   #4
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Re: Orakpo gradually shifting to DE?

I saw the link on that other redskins forum and also didnt see this as a big deal.
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Old 12-03-2009, 02:59 PM   #5
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Re: Orakpo gradually shifting to DE?

thats good news for orakpo and blades.

maybe this was done b/c of jarmon's injury.

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Seems the writer of the article assumes this would be a permanent change, but look at our opponent; the saints are gonna throw the ball a lot & Blache may just be starting Rak at DE for this game only.
That is a common misconception about the Saints. New Orleans has ran the ball 350 times, while they have passed the ball only 343 times through their first 11 games. To give you a sense of perspective, your Redskins have ran six more pass plays (349) this year than have the Saints and 67 fewer rushing attempts (283). I expect them to run the ball at even a higher clip than normal on Sunday.
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I expect them to run the ball at even a higher clip than normal on Sunday.
Is Haynesworth definitely out again?
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Old 12-03-2009, 03:28 PM   #8
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Re: Orakpo gradually shifting to DE?

I thought Haynesworth was playing. Hall might too, though he won't start.

As for Orakpo, I think he'll always be a bit of a hybrid but with Jarmon out you may see him on the line more. I know they've talked about giving Wilson more playing time at LB over the last few games of the season
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That is a common misconception about the Saints. New Orleans has ran the ball 350 times, while they have passed the ball only 343 times through their first 11 games. To give you a sense of perspective, your Redskins have ran six more pass plays (349) this year than have the Saints and 67 fewer rushing attempts (283). I expect them to run the ball at even a higher clip than normal on Sunday.
The saints will dominate us with their run game... This will be the worst performance by our d this yr.. Hopefully hayneworth and hall will play bcuz we need them for this week..
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The saints will dominate us with their run game... This will be the worst performance by our d this yr.. Hopefully hayneworth and hall will play bcuz we need them for this week..
It sounds like Haynesworth is going to play, but it doesn't look like Hall will play..

Edit: on other hand, Gray says that Hall should be able to play but he won't start..
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That is a common misconception about the Saints. New Orleans has ran the ball 350 times, while they have passed the ball only 343 times through their first 11 games. To give you a sense of perspective, your Redskins have ran six more pass plays (349) this year than have the Saints and 67 fewer rushing attempts (283). I expect them to run the ball at even a higher clip than normal on Sunday.

that statement is a misconception. the only reason their running numbers are close to their passing numbers is because the saints usually jump out to a huge lead. once a lead is built ,they can run the ball more often, in an attemp to run the clock down.the passing game is the strength of their offense, not the run. the saints are definately a passing team.
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That is a common misconception about the Saints. New Orleans has ran the ball 350 times, while they have passed the ball only 343 times through their first 11 games. To give you a sense of perspective, your Redskins have ran six more pass plays (349) this year than have the Saints and 67 fewer rushing attempts (283). I expect them to run the ball at even a higher clip than normal on Sunday.
Good stuff...welcome to the board. Saints are definitely a balanced team and why wouldn't you be when you have Brees as your QB?
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that statement is a misconception. the only reason their running numbers are close to their passing numbers is because the saints usually jump out to a huge lead. once a lead is built ,they can run the ball more often, in an attemp to run the clock down.the passing game is the strength of their offense, not the run. the saints are definately a passing team.
Actually, their first half numbers mirror the final breakdown. I'll see what I can come up with, but having seen every game it is always noted that the balance between run and pass is there even at the half and quite often weighed toward the run. In fact, in the four game stretch when the Saints had so many injuries and got behind early to the Dolphins and the Panthers they were forced to pass more in the second half.

Believe me, the Saints are not a passing team. They are a team that can pass and can pass terribly efficiently. But, their offense is built around the run.
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Actually, their first half numbers mirror the final breakdown. I'll see what I can come up with, but having seen every game it is always noted that the balance between run and pass is there even at the half and quite often weighed toward the run. In fact, in the four game stretch when the Saints had so many injuries and got behind early to the Dolphins and the Panthers they were forced to pass more in the second half.

Believe me, the Saints are not a passing team. They are a team that can pass and can pass terribly efficiently. But, their offense is built around the run.
i'll take your word for it, you would certainly know better than i would. any how i like how you used the term "terribly efficiently" when describing their pass offense. thats good stuff.
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i'll take your word for it, you would certainly know better than i would. any how i like how you used the term "terribly efficiently" when describing their pass offense. thats good stuff.
Thanks. That's about the only way to describe it. When Brees goes out and puts up a perfect 158.3 passer efficiency rating against the Patriots bettering his season best and near perfect 156.8 that he had against the Giants it is hard to describe it any other way.

As for their running game, most people overlook the fact that they are leading the league in rushing TD's with 18.
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