For the most part this year, however, the Redskins blitzes have been effective.
Rich Campbell of the Washington Times writes that the opposing quarterback’s passer rating when the team rushes four or less is 85.2. On rushes involving five or more, that number drops to 68.5.
Defensive coordinator Jim Haslett says he’s called an all out blitz ten times this year, resulting in three turnovers.
“We won nine of them and lost one,” he said. “It’s a great defense. It really is.”
We agree that the Redskins defense is dramatically improved this year. It will be a weapon, especially when they face a shaky offensive line like in St. Louis on Sunday. The Rams can’t protect Sam Bradford right now.
Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch broke down all the reasons why Bradford has been hit so much. Ultimately, the Rams have poured a lot of resources into their offensive line and it has underperformed badly. Both tackles (Rodger Saffold and Jason Smith) have struggled.
Look for the Redskins to blitz plenty with effectiveness Sunday in St. Louis.