Kerrigan optimistic about D.C. defense


With so much focus on the question of whether Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III will get, and stay, healthy, it’s easy to forget about the other side of the ball.

That could be harder to do once the games start.

Linebacker Ryan Kerrigan believes the defense will play much more like it did down the stretch than it did early in the 2012 season.

“That’s what’s exciting about this season, because we had so many injuries on defense, and you kind of saw us figure it out in the second half of the season, but we need to be able to put that together for 16 games,” Kerrigan tells the Muncie (Ind.) Star Press. “That’ll be exciting, if we can.”

It’ll definitely be exciting for Kerrigan if linebacker Brian Orakpo comes back at 100 percent after missing all of the 2012 season.  In today’s one-liners, Alper linked to a blurb on the team’s official site looking at the potential impact of a healthy Orakpo on the production of Kerrigan, who made it to the Pro Bowl in 2012.

It’s easy to understand why Kerrigan would be excited.  And it’s easy to like Kerrigan after reading about his humility and dedication to his team.

13 responses to “Kerrigan optimistic about D.C. defense

  1. Who cares? I don’t even know who this team is. Does the NFL have a D league or something now?

  2. Skins D will regress, didnt add anyone in FA. RG3 coming back is the only hope for 9 or 10 wins, otherwise 7-9 at best…

  3. Very nice if it can work.But we better wait to see what logicalvoice has to say. Never mind, we all know what that broken record says. Nothing!!

  4. Wish I knew why they won’t post my comments? Do I pick on logical too much? Hello in there, why, I ask why?

  5. Wow, the world just ended, someone beat logical to posting first on a redskins article.

  6. Kerrigan is indeed a very good player. Orakpo getting back will open up things for Kerrigan too. He is a very smart player as well, a great draft pick looks like but this will be the year we’ll see.

    I think Orakpo has been a bit overrated but this is a contract year for him. GM has this set uo nicely.

    Our D should be better this year and if our rookie safety can find his way early, we’ll be good. If Merriweather can stay healthy we’ll be formidable

  7. Orakpo is significantly overrated – almost every play he is not able to get pressure – he is easily manhandled and takes too wide a path – Kerrigan is way underrated and has far more upside than Orakpo. Plus Kerrigan is a much faster learner and adjusts far better to what the offense is doing than Orakpo. The Redskins need to offload Orakpo and to find someone who is more like Kerrigan – this kid has it all – plus he is highly intelligent and easily coachable.

  8. We’ll see what happens. You have to assume there will be one or two injuries on defense they’ll have to deal with…it happens every year, to every team.

    Other than depth at nose tackle – there’s a huge drop off from Cofield to Baker – I think the D-line is in good shape. Between Jenkins, Carriker, Bowen, Golston, & (possibly) Merling the Skins should be able to rotate guys in & out to keep them fresh.

    I think the added depth at Outside LB, Tapp & the rookie from FSU Jenkins, will help if needed. Especially while Rob Jackson is serving his suspension at the beginning of the season.

    I’m hopeful the rookies in the secondary will step up. They can’t do much worse than last year.

    But the Inside LBs don’t have a lot of depth. After Perry Riley & the ageless London Fletcher, there just isn’t a lot there. Keenan Robinson & Kehl are decent-to-pretty good special teams players. I have a feeling one of them will be forced into the starting line-up at some point. With L. Alexander gone in FA both will obviously need to step up on special teams, and I think they can. But if forced into the starting line-up…that’s another question altogether.

    Excited & nervous for the start of the season! Can’t wait to see how the roster shakes out during preseason. Should be interesting.

  9. Skins D will be better in 2013. Heavy emphasis on defense in the draft, with some value picks Thomas, Jenkins and especially Rambo. Rambo will start the season at FS and is a huge upgrade from what they had last year.

    Inside linebacker is only depth concern.

    Repeat NFC East champs.

  10. Merriweather is a big part of what those LB can do. HE better stay healthy or it’s another programmed merry-go-round.

  11. I’m hopeful Chase Minniefield makes the team. He was picking everything off in OTA’s last year and being very disruptive before he got injured. I still think Jim Haslett sucks as a coordinator. Very easy to predict what blitz he is going to call. It’s time to move back to the 4-3 and have two hole cloggers in the middle. Especially since linebacker depth is minimal.

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