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Twitter questions: Any surprise veteran cuts coming?

May 2, 2014, 11:55 AM EST

A good mix of draft and non-draft questions today, let’s jump right into it.

Pass defense starts with pass pressure. If the front seven can consistently get pressure rushing four or five, yes, the secondary will be better. How much better? The unit has a patchwork feel to it with one draft pick in David Amerson and some spare parts that the team will be looking to replace over the next couple of years. I don’t see the secondary becoming one of the strengths of the team but if they can intercept a couple of dozen passes and prevent too many big plays they will be effective.

There’s no question that they would like for Thomas to work out and become a starter. He may or may not be able to to do that by the start of the year so they have Ryan Clark and Brandon Meriweather in place until Thomas is ready. I’m not sure what their degree of confidence in Thomas and nobody knows if he and/or Bacarri Rambo will ever work out. If a safety is the best player available at any point that they are on the clock during the draft I don’t think they’ll hesitate to pull the trigger.

Usually one question per tweet but since it’s the offseason we can go with two here. I don’t think that Carriker is in the Redskins’ plans. It looks like Stephen Bowen will be ready for training camp. I have a post coming up later today about the defensive line depth chart and there isn’t much room on it as is and they could add another one in the draft. Bottom line, I don’t think they will call Carriker unless there is an injury or two. As far as the offensive line, they are probably not done making changes anywhere on the depth chart. Although you never know what will happen in the draft it would be surprising if they didn’t come out of it without an O-lineman or two. They could pick up a veteran free agent. And there should be legitimate competitions for starting jobs at least at both positions on the right side if not everywhere on the line except left tackle.

Redskins Park has been a leak-free zone this year so we don’t know what the internal consensus is. But they are not getting locked in on a position. That’s really a fan/media myth unless you’re picking in the top 10 or so. Otherwise you have to go with the best available player on your board when you’re on the clock. To be sure, need does guide the evaluation of best available. It would be almost impossible, for example, for a QB to be the best available with the 34th pick from the Redskins’ perspective because there wouldn’t be enough value in the pick. But they can’t say right now that they’re going to take a safety or a right tackle or a guard or a pass rusher or any other position because they don’t know what is going to transpire with the 33 picks in front of them.

The easy, cop-out answer here is that we won’t know until September. I’m a big believer in believing what people do, not what they say. But as far as when has been said, the defense should be more aggressive in getting after the quarterback. This means that Orakpo and Kerrigan will drop back in coverage less often and rush the quarterback more. They will have fewer other responsibilities such as containment and that will allow them to take a faster, more direct route into the backfield. Again, we’ll see what actually happens when they take the field but that’s what we’ve heard so far.

Not that they are all 100 percent safe but I’d be moderately surprised if they don’t all make it to September. I discuss Bowen in a post that coming out this afternoon on CSN Washington. He appears to be very much in the Redskins’ plans for this year. And, as of right now, the other three are 60 percent of the starting offensive line. That could change subject to the draft and preseason competition and they are all have salary cap numbers that are at lest very close to being too high for a backup. If they do make a move the net cap saves would be as follows: Bowen $1.98 million; Chester $2.7 million; Lichtensteiger $1.1 million; Polumbus $2.5 million.

  1. jayovalentine - May 2, 2014 at 1:46 PM

    Chester & Polumbus can go.

  2. greed - May 2, 2014 at 11:57 PM

    did the shannys really pay polombus that muvh doe smh

  3. internetcareer - May 3, 2014 at 8:54 AM

    Baker, Hatcher, and Cofield would appear to be the starting 3 in my opinion, which was formulated by watching them play. To me Jenkins is average at best, Golston is a reliable Backup at best, Bowen is injured, old, deadweight, and taking up cap space until proven otherwise, and I don’t really know about anybody else because they are just names on paper, or just “a guy”.

    So…the Skins have THREE solid players but they are all defensive ends in a 3-4 basically. Is this team ever gonna go out and get a REAL nose tackle??????? Cause if they want to be a 3-4 wouldn’t a requirement be to actually have a Nose Tackle???? and NOT just stick a defensive tackle in the lineup and then say “HEY FELLA WHY DON’T YOU PLAY NOSE TACKLE AND THAT’S WHAT WE WILL CALL YOU”.

    Why would any team run a 3-4 defense for 5 years, finish in the bottom of defensive rankings every year, and still not understand that a Nose Tackle is the first..very FIRST position you must fill for a 3-4 defense. Is there anybody who can explain the mystery surrounding the Redskins decision to run a 3-4 defense without a 3-4 Nose tackle. This question has not been answered in over 4 years and it continues to remain a mystery. Anybody have ANY clue at all why the Redskins do not realize what everybody else in football understands? It is totally baffling! You would think that their inability to stop the run might be a clue that they are on the wrong track with Cofield as a Nose Tackle.

    • Rich Tandler - May 3, 2014 at 9:05 AM

      The “traditional” 350-lb. nose tackle has gone the way of the “traditional” in the box safety. It’s a new day, it’s a passing league, and you need players who are more versatile–like Barry Cofield.

      I think if you look around on 3-4 teams, Cofield, who is actually closer to 330 than 315, is pretty much a normal-sized NT.

      The Redskins’ defense has had its issues and Cofield isn’t ideal in all situations. But I don’t see Cofield as having been a primary reason for the issues on defense.

      By the way, their worst year in the 3-4 was 2010 when they had a “REAL” nose tackle in Ma’ake Kemoeatu. Lot of good he did them.

      I know some fans aren’t going to be happy until someone who looks like Fat Albert is in the middle of the line. But, no offense to anyone, but the 1990’s called and they want that line of thought back.

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      • darrynhyman - May 3, 2014 at 9:17 AM

        Come on Rich…Kemo was washed up…bad example and they tried to use Haynesworth at NT more than Kemo. Look at the successful 3-4 teams…their NT are traditional NT’s that can clog the middle.

      • alextwrs - May 3, 2014 at 1:18 PM

        I think I have said this before, better suited for a 4-3 with some 3-4 packages. Especially if we are gonna allow Rak to try and put consistent pressure on the opposing QB.

      • alextwrs - May 3, 2014 at 1:19 PM

        Yea if we had a BJ Raji type we wouldnt need a safety in the box causing coverage liabilities.

      • internetcareer - May 6, 2014 at 8:57 AM

        Ma’ake Kemoeatu LOL Rich Rich Rich. I cannot believe you actually used him as an example that having a real nose tackle doesn’t work anymore in the NFL. lol The reason he was let go by Carolina is he was injured and his career was over. Redskins picked him up and allowed him to play and prove he was through. And because he was worthless, you attempt to use him as an example???

        if Cofield is such a great Nose Tackle then why are teams running UP THE GUT?? Do you actually watch the games??? I do. I see him being pushed around and out of the way. If that is a typical nose tackle today in your opinion, then perhaps you should change your opinion. In a 3-4 a Nose tackle has to stuff the run up the middle and Cofield does not not it. That is just a fact. You can’t change that by claiming that Cofield really is better than we can see or that Cofield is the “new” nose tackle.

        the 1990’s didn’t call…REALITY called Rich and said to tell you that just because you want somebody to be effective as the “new” nose tackle….it still requires a Big Guy to take on a big guy. Why do you think Kory is no longer the LEFT TACKLE. Let me know when Cofield makes a Pro Bowl appearance. I’ll wait.

        • Rich Tandler - May 6, 2014 at 9:00 AM

          I stop reading at “do you actually watch the games”. You can come in here and make your point without insulting my professionalism.

          I enjoy your comments and discussion but I will not put up with that. Period.

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        • Rich Tandler - May 6, 2014 at 9:04 AM

          By the way, per the NFL, in 2013 Redskins opponents ran up the middle 83 times and 3.46 yards per carry. That was fourth best in the NFL. Perhaps you should watch the games without preset ideas of what you think works and what doesn’t?

          Just a suggestion.

          Have a good day.

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  4. darrynhyman - May 3, 2014 at 9:14 AM

    I could not agree more…I have been saying that since they signed Cofield…doesn’t make any sense. Football success is determined in the trenches…always has been, always will be…it’s why I don’t get excited for signings such as DJax…if you are not good up front…doesn’t matter. The 3-4 starts with the NT position and if you’re not strong there…any success that you do have will be marginal. I don’t get the neglect at this position either…we are average against the run and can’t consistently collapse the pocket up the middle…all starts at the NT position. Maybe they’ll surprise us and take Lewis Nix at #34…

    • dcsportsfan2277 - May 3, 2014 at 11:47 AM

      IF Cofield is closer to 330 and packs on another few pounds he will be a excellent NT.

      • alextwrs - May 3, 2014 at 1:17 PM

        Just because hes big or big enough by some standards does not make him a fit or good for that matter, its not that easy.

  5. alextwrs - May 3, 2014 at 1:30 PM

    My vision: Starting Defensive front in a 4-3

    front four: Hatcher, Baker, Coefield, Orakpo
    LB’s: Kerrigan, Riley, Draft Pick
    DB’S: Amerson, Hall, Merriweather, R. Clark

    Front four Subs: Brandon Jenkins, Jarvis Jenkins, Gholston
    LB Subs: all of the special teams LB’s we picked up and Keenan Robinson
    DB Subs: Nickel starter – Tracy Porter, and Safety Subs: Thomas and Rambo

    A lot of versatile packages with the Jenkins boys as well as the safety rotations.

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