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Old 05-10-2010, 08:54 PM   #16
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NFL Network's Steve Wyche reports that restricted free agent FS O.J. Atogwe will not sign his tender with the Rams, meaning he'll become an unrestricted free agent on June 1.
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Old 05-10-2010, 08:56 PM   #17
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Listening to Hasslett in a Comcast Interview, the safeties are going to learn to play both positions since he does not designate free and/or strong.
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Listening to Hasslett in a Comcast Interview, the safeties are going to learn to play both positions since he does not designate free and/or strong.
This concerns me a bit...does anyone know how this has worked out for other teams before? Just curious.
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Old 05-10-2010, 09:29 PM   #19
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I, too, am nervous about Reed and FS. I wish we would pick up another FS for better depth.
That's what I was hoping for after OT in the draft. Can't always get what you want.
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Old 05-10-2010, 09:51 PM   #20
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This concerns me a bit...does anyone know how this has worked out for other teams before? Just curious.
I don't think what he intends to deploy is going to be that much different from what we've grown accustomed to seeing. When Kelly Johnson (of Comcast) asked him about Laron Landry and the free safety position, he stated that in his defense the safeties are not characterized as being either strong or free. So for him it could just be a language thing as opposed to position being a way to distinguish it.
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Old 05-10-2010, 09:52 PM   #21
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Listening to Hasslett in a Comcast Interview, the safeties are going to learn to play both positions since he does not designate free and/or strong.
this comment also interests me. i have little knowledge of X's and O's, so can someone expand on this for me?
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Old 05-10-2010, 10:02 PM   #22
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I've been thinking lately that FS and SS isn't all that different from LT and RT with FS being more like LT and SS being more like RT. I mean if you think about it the requirements of LT are to be athletic and more geared towards pass protection then run blocking while RT's are typically less athletic maulers that are usually better at run blocking then pass blocking.

On the other hand FS's are usually more athletic and geared towards pass defense then run support while SS's are usually more geared towards hard hitting types that are much better at run support then their FS counterparts. On top of that FS is more difficult to play hence the parallel to LT.

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Wasn't O.J. the FS from the Rams under Haslett?
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This concerns me a bit...does anyone know how this has worked out for other teams before? Just curious.
Look no further then the Redskins under Gregg Williams. It wasn't until Landry came in that GG decided to designate safeties as Free and Strong.

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He needs to learn both free and strong safety in Jim Haslett's scheme, which does not differentiate between the two positions (Gregg Williams' defenses did not make a distinction either, until they drafted Landry and put him at strong safety and Sean Taylor at free). Landry, drafted as a strong safety, has played free safety since Taylor's death in 2007.
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The Redskins do not emphasize the distinction between strong safety and weak safety. More often, Gregg Williams's defenses emphasize one safety who is "in the box" while another is playing "center field." Last year, Taylor fared better at the former than the latter, where he frequently was a step late on deep passes or took overly aggressive angles and whiffed on big hits. Now that Archuleta is gone, Landry may move fairly quickly into a role where opponents don't know, until the last second, which high-impact Redskins safety is threatening to blitz and which has deep responsibility.
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Old 05-10-2010, 10:03 PM   #23
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I believe Haslett have packages that will require some specific players to play all positions, depending on their skills.. For example, Laron - he can set up at LB area as LB but then plays as SS during the play.. It's just matter of different strategies, not a big deal.. Unless those strategies sucks..

Edit: DirtBag pretty much got it, I was SS in HS and college (nothing big) but some plays I played FS.. It all depends on players' skills and how coaches utilize them..
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Old 05-10-2010, 10:28 PM   #24
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On the other hand FS's are usually more athletic and geared towards pass defense then run support while SS's are usually more geared towards hard hitting types that are much better at run support then their FS counterparts. On top of that FS is more difficult to play hence the parallel to LT.
I think that's a fairly accurate comparison. I also think that people keep forgetting that Landry is definitely the most athletic safety on our roster. He's got all the physical tools he needs to be a good FS, he just hasn't played very well. I think a lot of our secondary's problems last year were coaching related, and I want to see what Haslett does before dismissing Landry as "just a strong safety." I think we already have two very capable, if not flashy, SS's on the roster in Horton and Doughty, and while I also like Moore as a FS, I think Landry will be better this year.

For the record, I also like the idea of not having permanent center field/run support roles (although Landry's got such good speed for CF duty), as it reflects what I think Haslett's going to focus on this year in keeping opposing offenses guessing.

Also for the record, I think Doughty is the best tackler on our team after London Fletcher.
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That's what I was hoping for after OT in the draft. Can't always get what you want.
If we sign Atogwe after June 1, we could have our best safety tandem since #21 was on the gridiron.
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Old 05-11-2010, 12:10 AM   #26
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Wasn't O.J. the FS from the Rams under Haslett?
lol i was reading this thread the whole time waiting for someone to say this. Haslett said there is no FS/SS in his new defense. He just says there is an open and close. But Laron bulked up and both him and haslett said he will be in the box much more often. I think we may have a lead in the race for Otagwe. #1 hes a true FS and we need one. #2 We have the money to do it and he's a young guy worth using it on.
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lol i was reading this thread the whole time waiting for someone to say this. Haslett said there is no FS/SS in his new defense. He just says there is an open and close. But Laron bulked up and both him and haslett said he will be in the box much more often. I think we may have a lead in the race for Otagwe. #1 hes a true FS and we need one. #2 We have the money to do it and he's a young guy worth using it on.
I don't know that I'd call him young but yeah
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Old 05-11-2010, 02:31 AM   #28
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Re: Free Safety

A primer for upcoming game reviews: need to get used to the descriptive term of "safety". Free and Strong are rarely used in NFL defenses anymore, although for the last three years, the Redskins did their best to keep it alive. Now, it's just the Bengals, Saints, and Broncos, I think, that use free safeties and strong safeties.
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Old 05-11-2010, 04:42 AM   #29
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Re: Free Safety

I was gonna say that in general, in recent years haven't most safeties been expected to be able to cover no matter where they are playing?
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Old 05-11-2010, 09:01 AM   #30
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The cover 2 is essentially 2 free safeties. Under GW & GB from 07 to 09 we dropped both back 20 yards often.

Still, it sounds like Laron will be in the box more, so they've got to have confidence in someone to be deep, i.e. free safety. I like Kareem Moore & believe he'll win that job. Remember that Doughty started as a free safety. In fact, he played in ST's spot when he was hurt in 07, then after ST's death they moved Landry back & Reed in the box. Doughty played much better in the box v. the run & in underneath coverage.
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