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Ryan Kerrigan wasn’t thrilled with his play this season

Robert Turbin, Dezmon Briscoe AP

Redskins linebacker Ryan Kerrigan is in Hawaii for the Pro Bowl, which is usually seen as a sign that a player’s had a strong season.

Kerrigan led the Redskins with 8.5 sacks and was part of a second half defensive turnaround that carried the team to the NFC East title, but he doesn’t sound like a player who’s all that enthusiastic by what he achieved this season. John Keim of the Washington Examiner spoke to Kerrigan, who said he was upset by “the whole thing” when asked what he found lacking about the season.

“I definitely expected bigger things from myself and the team. We wanted to continue to advance,” Kerrigan said. “Coming into the season I wanted to be consistent week in and week out and I wasn’t that for most of the season. That’s frustrating. Hopefully I can use that as fuel.”

Kerrigan talked about the need to develop a deeper variety of moves to employ as a pass rusher before next season. Getting Brian Orakpo back healthy should also help Kerrigan and the rest of the defense, although Rob Jackson was something of a revelation down the stretch for a defense whose future is looking brighter after the way they closed the season.

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26 Responses to “Ryan Kerrigan wasn’t thrilled with his play this season”
  1. fuglyflorio says: Jan 25, 2013 9:37 AM

    Over-rated … like all Redskins. Hope you enjoyed your charmed year.

  2. geemoney713 says: Jan 25, 2013 9:40 AM

    Kerrigan is an easy NFL player to respect and cheer for. Just works hard, does his job, and desires more from himself. None of that in-your-face crap, just a team player.

  3. aceinthehole12 says: Jan 25, 2013 9:44 AM

    Once RGIII is back healthy Washington is going to be a very solid team. Secondary needs to get better for sure. LB core is solid.

  4. matt4477 says: Jan 25, 2013 9:45 AM

    Kerrigan talked about the need to develop a deeper variety of moves

    So maybe he and Orakpo can add an additional move to their 1 move attack. I think they are ready. Would be nice.

  5. letemplay says: Jan 25, 2013 9:51 AM

    I have a lot of friends who are skins fans and so I watched a lot of games this year. This dude is fun to watch. He’s got a fantastic motor and plays the game right.

  6. jahbird says: Jan 25, 2013 10:02 AM

    Skins fan here. Kerrigan has excellent intangibles, such work ethic and motor. He is a team player and a guy you have to respect. He will only get better.

    He’s a lot more effective with Rak on the other side though.

  7. uangerme says: Jan 25, 2013 10:17 AM

    @ fuglyflorio – Shut your mouth. You know nothing.

    This guy is a class act player. I wish the NFL had more characters like Kerrigan then it wouldn’t be such a joke. He makes a great play, gets up, hands the ball to the ref and goes right back to the huddle. No need for the celebration when you make a great play, the play speaks for itself.

  8. G Kenyon says: Jan 25, 2013 10:32 AM

    I think most Redskins fans would agree with his comments. Love his work ethic and personality, and while his play shows flashes of brilliance, there would be games where he wouldn’t have an impact. I expect him to improve and be more of a factor next season with some help from Orakpo’s return.

  9. larrydavid7000 says: Jan 25, 2013 10:36 AM

    I am a huge Redskins fan and noticed Ryan game was off in the first half of the season due to Rakpo injured. Ya think. The second half Ryan was there for the Redskins. Enough Said.

  10. Steve B says: Jan 25, 2013 10:37 AM

    I like this kid, but I agree that he wasn’t his best this year. I do give him credit for acknowledging it and I’m confident he’ll work hard to be better next year….especially with OSackpo back. You can’t double-up on both of them.

  11. mazblast says: Jan 25, 2013 10:43 AM

    This is the first I’ve ever heard from him off the field.

    I like that in a player.

  12. deddmunnie says: Jan 25, 2013 11:53 AM

    What a breath of fresh air for the league. Most players that get into the probowl have a much different attitude. The opposite attitude if you will. He may not be a world beater, but I’ll take 20 guys just like him any day!

  13. rg3soxsuck says: Jan 25, 2013 12:10 PM

    Kerrigan is garbage, just like orakpo. That whole D needs to be overhauled. Most overhyped Skin ever is London Fletcher, the best 7 yards down field tackler to ever play the game.

  14. onearmsteven says: Jan 25, 2013 12:11 PM

    he has played every single snap in his 2-year career. gotta work on his run D, but he can get after the QB… i wish he’d talk up more on the field- dude gets held a couple times a game and doesn’t go crazy like all the other guys that get those calls more often than not

  15. rg3soxsuck says: Jan 25, 2013 12:32 PM

    @uangerme says:
    This guy is a class act player. I wish the NFL had more characters like Kerrigan then it wouldn’t be such a joke. He makes a great play, gets up, hands the ball to the ref and goes right back to the huddle. No need for the celebration when you make a great play, the play speaks for itself.

    You do know Kerrigan plays d right? Why is Kerrigan grabbing balls and giving to ref. You act like this happens evry game. He should have only touched ball twice all year. No your guys position and stats before you post nonsense online. You look foolish

  16. uangerme says: Jan 25, 2013 12:59 PM

    @rg3soxsuck

    “Why is Kerrigan grabbing balls and giving to ref?”
    I was referring to the play against the giants after his batted ball for INT was returned for a score, he simply handed the ball to the ref and went back to the huddle.
    The rest of your ignorance and hating is not worth a rebuttal, since you speak like a broken fan after a losing season.

    2012 = Skins 2, Eagles 0 better luck next year…

  17. rg3soxsuck says: Jan 25, 2013 1:24 PM

    Kirk Cousins better be on point, because RG knee is done. Funny how you skin fans have 1 year of relevance and now your a Supper Bowl contender. You guys will be back in the cellar where yall have been for the previous ten years.

  18. jwreck says: Jan 25, 2013 1:34 PM

    rg3soxsuck says: Jan 25, 2013 12:32 PM
    You do know Kerrigan plays d right? Why is Kerrigan grabbing balls and giving to ref. You act like this happens evry game. He should have only touched ball twice all year. No your guys position and stats before you post nonsense online. You look foolish
    ___________
    I’m pretty sure the guy was speaking in cliches. But if you’ve ever played or watched football, and not just trolled Redskins articles, you’d know (“no”) that Defensive players pick up balls all the time. It’s good sportmanship, keeps the tempo up, and may result in a worse spot for the offense. Now who looks foolish?

  19. chalupabatman says: Jan 25, 2013 2:31 PM

    Also Fletchers career stats are pretty comparable to Ray lewis … look it up!! plus he has longest current consecutive game playing streak as well as leading his team in tackles the last 14 seasons, no one comes close to that ! Also led the league in tackles in like 2010! Get a clue rg3soxsuck!!

  20. uangerme says: Jan 25, 2013 2:40 PM

    @rg3soxsuck

    You know this is a post about Kerrigan and not Cousins and RG3 right?
    Also no one said anything about being a SuperBowl contender, us skins fans are just excited and happy to not be in the cellar of the NFC East for once in the last few years. Ten years is a little off, since we did make the playoffs in 2004. We have young, talented, good character players on our squad for once instead of buying talent.
    Eagles are the new Redskins buying talented players with bad character expecting them to play together as a team, take a clue from the old Redskins… IT DOESN’T WORK.

  21. jwreck says: Jan 25, 2013 3:39 PM

    uangerme says: Jan 25, 2013 2:40 PM

    @rg3soxsuck

    You know this is a post about Kerrigan and not Cousins and RG3 right?
    Also no one said anything about being a SuperBowl contender
    ________
    Give the guy a break, he clearly said that the Redskins were a Super Bowl contender, not that DC fans were just talking about it: “and now your a Supper Bowl contender”. I guess he actually is a Washington fan, he just has a funny way of showing it. On the other hand he could be making fun of Washington’s continual, embarrassing overconfidence that they will reach the mysterious and legendary “Supper Bowl”; despite the fact that no team in NFL history has ever played in a Supper bowl.

    OK sorry, my bad. Started out with a good idea for a joke, but seriously lost steam towards the end. I would go back and fix it, but this weather is getting stupid, and I want to hit the road before all hell breaks loose. Apologies all around.

  22. hateforeveryone says: Jan 25, 2013 3:43 PM

    London Fletcher = Ray Lewis
    is like saying
    Brian Hartline = Calvin Johnson
    please take the homerness out your post. Hate skin fans. Now that they had 1 average season we will hear how they have all the best positional players, and superbowl bound , but only make playoffs 1 more time in the next ten years. 2 playoff apperances in 20 years sound about right.

  23. jwreck says: Jan 25, 2013 4:39 PM

    Hartline career stats
    rec: 183
    yds: 2753
    td: 6
    Johnson career stats
    rec: 488
    yds: 7836
    td: 54
    Lewis career stats
    combined tackles: 1336
    sacks: 41.5
    sfty: 1
    int: 31
    pbu: 67
    ff: 17
    Fletcher career stats
    combined tackles: 1685
    sacks: 37
    sfty: 2
    int: 23
    pbu: 73
    ff:18
    Boom. Facts.

    There are crazy loudmouth fans of every team, but claiming that a very good linebacker is “very good” isn’t stupid homerism.

    Ray Lewis is a great player.What I don’t understand is why, when anybody says “London Fletcher is also a great player”, Ray Ray fans lose it and start screeching about what a terrible player Fletcher is. Can’t they both be great? It’s a big NFL, sometimes there are two good players, it’s part of life. I’d go on, but his name is “hateforeverybody”, so I guess it’s fair.

  24. thepolitepunk says: Jan 25, 2013 4:46 PM

    He plays as hard as anyone and is physically great but needs to play smarter to become a truly elite player. Developing a variety of pass rush moves and improving his technique in coverage would go a long way. Most annoyingly to me he needs to contain his edge better. If you fake a run off left tackle he chases it every time and breaks the integrity of the defense.

  25. hateforeveryone says: Jan 25, 2013 11:16 PM

    @jwreck : Funny how yall bring up stats, must not pay attention to football at all. Ray Lewis has had talented Defensive players all around him his whole career, which means taking away from his tackles and oppurtunities to make plays but still does. Your boy (Londuhhh Fletcher) has been the only thing on his d for years. He is a product of the system, put him beside Ray Ray in that defense he would be average, because Ray would get the tackle before the runner got 7 yards down field , which is when Fletch usually gets his tackle. Just know what your talking about kid. Who looks foolish now?

  26. jwreck says: Jan 26, 2013 4:47 PM

    hateforeveryone says: Jan 25, 2013 11:16 PM

    @hateforeveryone
    _______
    That’s actually isn’t a a bad point at all. My point is that if Ray Ray is a first ballot Hall of Famer and London Fletcher has equal statistics, doesn’t that mean that Fletcher is also a great player? It doesn’t mean he’s had the same impact that Lewis has had, or is as great a player, but it does mean, especially as an undrafted free agent, high character guy, and severely undersized MLB, that he is also a “great player”. And that trying to argue that he is the “Brian Hartline” to Lewis’ “Calvin Johnson” is a dumb argument.

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