Brian Orakpo’s impact is noticeable
The Redskins lost one of their most reliable receivers last season when Davis suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon. It was far from certain that Davis would be back with the team this season, given that he was a free agent in the offseason and drew interest from the Buffalo Bills and other teams. But Davis re-signed with the Redskins, and has seemed to be running well on the training-camp practice field. He had a catch for an 11-yard gain on a third-and-two play earlier on the same drive to set up his touchdown. Orakpo, too, produced a play or two Thursday that the Redskins hope were sneak previews of things to come this season. He put pressure on Titans quarterback Jake Locker on a third-down play on Tennessees opening possession of the night.
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Orakpo came off his blocker and notched the sack for a four-yard loss. The pocket collapsed and Orakpo notched the first of his two sacks. Even with time, Flynn would have struggled to find a receiver, because Washington’s coverage shell was disciplined and had a numbers advantage. The Redskins initially showed a standard Cover 2 look, with a pair of deep safeties. But it was tweaked to allow for a double-team on wideout Denarius Moore, the most dangerous of the Raiders receivers. The Redskins showed a two-deep look, with a double-team on Oakland’s most dangerous receiver. Haslett would also have Fletcher and Riley bail out into short zone coverage underneath. That would give the defense seven covering against five potential receivers. At the snap, cornerbacks DeAngelo Hall and David Amerson, both rotated deep, along with the safeties.
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Orakpo’s 2011 is the perfect example for why it is important to look at his numbers in a full context. Orakpo might have had 9 sacks, but he had 59 total combined pressures and sacks, which ranked top 10 in the league among all pass rushers that year. And if you look at his number of pass rushes, his season is arguably better than Terrell Suggs and Jason Pierre-Paul , two of the top pass rushers that year. Orakpo is continuing right where he left off in 2011, as he’s got 19 combined pressures and sacks so far, which not only leads the team, but is tied for 2nd (with 4 others) among all 3-4 rush linebackers to start this season. While Ryan Kerrigan is right on Orakpo’s heels with 17 combined pressures/sacks, Orakpo is doing it at a far better rate. He’s averaging a pressure or sack every 6 pass rushes, while Kerrigan is averaging one every 7.24 pass rushes. For comparison Kerrigan averaged one every 8.25 snaps last year and that was considered good. Paul Kruger led all 3-4 pass rushers last year with a 6.52 rate. While Orakpo’s rate is likely to rise some, in 2011 Orakpo finished the year at a 6.49 rate which was 4th among rush linebackers that year (Aldon Smith, Cameron Wake and Demarcus Ware).
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That much was obvious. And it was obvious watching the Redskins this summer that Orakpo makes a difference, even if he’s not the one getting the sack. No pass-rusher in 2012 could set up anyone else the way Orakpo did the previous year. That will help the interior rushers, Stephen Bowen and Barry Cofield in particular, as lines really can only double-team one of them. Otherwise, they risk leaving Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan in one-on-one situations on the outside. Or they’ll have to commit extra blockers. That means fewer receivers for the secondary to cover — and, with more four-man rushes, more to help in coverage.
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Stockton said Oh-RAP-ko and Oh-RAC-ko throughout Washingtons victory over the Oakland Raiders, instead of the just-as-easy to say Oh-RAC-po. Orakpo was told about the gaffes after the game. He didnt seem insulted and got off a mild, semi-serious rebuke. Well, they suck for doing that, Orakpo said. Stockton corrected his pronunciation sometime in the third quarter, just before he started calling Washingtons backup running back, Roy HEE-lou. Roy Helu Jr.s surname is pronounced HELL-lou. Stotkon Stockton wont have a chance to butcher Redskins names next week. Washington has a Week 5 bye.
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Winded, the defense struggled to find success until the second half. Then Week 4 happened. They corralled Oakland Raiders quarterback Matt Flynn all day long, slamming him into the O.co Coliseum dirt, having him wish that his usual spot on the bench was vacatedby him. With the front-seven overpowering the Raiders, the defense surrendered only one touchdown. Brian Orakpo (O-rak-po) talked about another shining performance in the Black Hole and had an interesting sound bite on his partnership with Ryan Kerrigan .