Redskins linebackers Fletcher, Kerrigan to play in Pro Bowl

** FILE ** Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) is tackled by Washington Redskins inside linebacker London Fletcher (59) after a 19 yard scramble as the Washington Redskins play the Seattle Seahawks during the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

He has been an alternate for each of his Pro Bowl appearances. Kerrigan , in his second NFL season led, the Redskins with 8.5 sacks. ** FILE ** Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) is tackled by … more> He also had an interception, which he returned 28 yards for a touchdown. He had 42 tackles and broke up eight passes, according to NFL statisticians. Kerrigan was highly critical of his pass-rushing throughout the season, saying he had to be more effective. Offenses paid him more attention after outside linebacker Brian Orakpo suffered a season-ending left pectoral muscle tear, but he also faced many one-on-one blocks during that time. Kerrigan had two sacks and a forced fumble in the Redskins’ victory over Philadelphia in the penultimate game of the season. Redskins coaches praised his physicality over tight ends and his ability to set the edge against the run. Fletcher s and Kerrigan s nomination means three of the Redskins four starting linebackers have a Pro Bowl on their resumes.

Redskins’ Ryan Kerrigan wants to prove he’s full of good days with Brian Orakpo sidelined

Kerrigan and Fletcher join injured quarterback Robert Griffin III, left tackle Trent Williams and special teamer Lorenzo Alexander as Washingtons Pro Bowlers. The Redskins have five players named to the Pro Bowl for the first time since 1996. It is Fletchers fourth consecutive Pro Bowl nomination and Kerrigans first. Fletcher replaces 49ers inside linebacker Patrick Willis, and Kerrigan replaces outside linebacker Aldon Smith. Fletchers five interceptions led all NFL linebackers. NFL statisticians credited him with 139 tackles, the sixth-most among NFC linebackers. Fletcher, 37, played through a sprained left ankle for almost all of the season-ending seven-game winning streak.

Linebackers Ryan Kerrigan, London Fletcher headed to Pro Bowl courtesy of 49ers’ win

Griffin not only led the Redskins to the division championship, making what seems like a rare playoff appearance, but he turned a ragtag team of rookies, second stringers and banged-up veterans into a football powerhouse. Well, what happened? At the start of the 2013-2014 NFL season, the Redskins will have a remarkable lineup of skilled positions: QB Griffin, RB Alfred Morris, TE Fred Davis, WR Pierre Garcon, OT Trent Williams, LB Brian Orakpo, FS Brandon Meriweather, DE Adam Carriker, LB Ryan Kerrigan and LB London Fletcher. Add a few decent veterans like WR Donte Stallworth, WR Santana Moss, CB DeAngelo Hall, WR Joshua Morgan and T Jeremy Trueblood, and the Redskins should be predicted to be a powerhouse. But, for the most part, these names were rarely mentioned in the 2012-2013 NFL season. Morris, a rookie who became a top-10 RB, Fletcher and Kerrigan seemed to be the only consistently healthy players, with most of the attention falling on Griffin. When Meriweather played one game the defense was almost transformed tothe Shawn Taylor age.

Ryan Kerrigan wasn’t thrilled with his play this season

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He has to be aware of those things now. Kerrigan is aware, but tries not to think about it. He knows his coaches expect him to step up, but as he did last year and prior to Orakpos injury this year, Kerrigan is trying to focus on executing rather than worrying about the magnitude of his role. You really cant put too much pressure on yourself because then you really start to stress out. When I saw Rak and Carriker first went down, at first I started thinking, Okay, Ive got to do this. I was kind of wearing myself out. But Ive just got to go out there and do my job. Kerrigan chooses to focus on the fact that he was already expected to have a greater impact this season, with or without Ryan Kerrigan Authentic Jersey Orakpo on the field. His production last season 68 tackles (fifth on the team), 7.5 sacks (second) and four forced fumbles (first), as well as an interception and touchdown came despite the fact that the NFL lockout prevented him from being able to spend any time during the offseason studying the Redskins defense with his coaches. That certainly would have helped as he learned to play standing up rather than in a three-point stance, and drop back into pass coverage. He also experienced success despite missing a significant stretch of his rookie training camp after spraining his knee during the very first practice . But a quality work ethic, high intelligence level and impressive strength all enabled him to overcome the early obstacles.

Redskins must bring pass rush back to life

I had never heard of him, but once I started looking up highlights, I instantly realized that we had picked up a highly productive player. Through Ryan Kerrigans second season with the Redskins, he has definitely proven to be productive. However, at times last year, his play left me (and Im sure many others) yearning for just a little more. Last year was an interesting season for young Ryan Kerrigan. I think going into the season, we were all expecting a breakout year from both him and Rak (some fantastic organization even created Kerrakpo T-shirts). In the opener against the Saints, it certainly looked like this was going to be the case. We were creating pressure from both the left and right, and the Saints were struggling with whom of our pass rushers to attempt to double.

Redskins Finding First Round Gold, But Still Need Late Round Help

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. 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.

Washington Redskins Must Avoid Injuries To Make Playoff Run This Season

Meriweather

Washington finished the 2012 season with 32 sacks, more than only eight other teams in the league. The Redskins’ pass defense ranked 30th in the NFL for the season, and during the seven-game win streak that delivered the division title it relied on the ability of the coaches and defensive backs to design and adjust to game plans that would change from week to week or even, sometimes, from quarter to quarter. They were able to play well enough against the pass to win games, though they all admit they would rather give up fewer yards this season through the air than 4,511. That will have to start up front. The Redskins return basically the same secondary they had last season. They hope Brandon Meriweather can be healthy and give them what they need at strong safety, and it’s possible that one or more of the mid-round rookies they drafted could help, but those are not sure things. That’s why they need Orakpo back healthy (as well as defensive lineman Adam Carriker , who suffered a season-ending injury in that same game) and they need Orakpo and Kerrigan to play to their draft pedigrees — i.e., dominate. The NFC East has long been known for its pass-rushers, and even in recent seasons it has boasted some of the top pass-rush performances in the league.

Redskins Defensive Improvements: Ryan Kerrigan

That first-round success is especially impressive considering since that decade and a half span covers five men in charge of the drafts: general manager Charley Casserly (1998-99); executive vice president Vinny Cerrato (2000, 2002-03, 2008-09); and coaches Marty Schottenheimer (2001), Joe Gibbs (2004-07) and Mike Shanahan (2010-12). Washington was just 24-40 in the four seasons in which it didnt have a first-round pick. However, proving that success at the top of the draft hardly guarantees team success, the Redskins were just 68-76 during the nine seasons in which they chose a Pro Bowl player in the first round. For further proof of the lack of correlation of hitting on a first-rounder to the teams record during his rookie season or vice-versa, Washington had a winning record in all but two years from 1969-79 (going 6-8 in 1970 and 8-8 in 1978) without having a first-round pick. The Redskins then chose Hall of Famer Art Monk in 1980 but went 6-10. They were 14-2 in Hall of Famer Darrell Greens rookie year, 1983, but that was the only season from 1981-90 that they used a first-rounder while posting eight winning records, an 8-8 season and a 7-9 finish. Washington whiffed on defensive tackle Bobby Wilson in 1991 but won the Super Bowl. Receiver/return man Desmond Howard (1992) failed with the Redskins even during his playoff-bound rookie season but made a Pro Bowl with Detroit eight years later. Cornerback Tom Carter (1993), quarterback Heath Shuler (1994), receiver Michael Westbrook (1995) and offensive tackle Andre Johnson (1996) were all flops in one way or another while defensive end Kenard Lang (1997) also wasnt special for a team that continued a six-year run of not reaching postseason. In summary, its wonderful to have the Kerrigans, Orakpos and RGIIIs, but a team also has to find sixth-round gems like Terrell Davis, Tom Brady or Alfred Morris to really succeed in the long-term.

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