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Need to Know: The Redskins need more pass rushers

Jan 26, 2016, 5:05 AM EDT

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Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, January 26, 29 days before the NFL Combine in Indianapolis.

Why the Redskins need to sign and draft more pass rushers

You don’t have to dip too far into advanced stats to figure out why the Broncos were able to beat Tom Brady and the Patriots on Sunday to advance to the Super Bowl. Brady dropped back to pass 60 times and he was hit on 20 of those dropbacks. In sheer numbers that’s the most a quarterback has been hit in any game, regular season or playoffs, since 2006.

Mostly as a result of the pressure, Brady completed fewer than half of his passes (27 of 56), mustering just 5.5 yards per attempt. His passer rating was 56.4, his worst in any game since he posted a 53.5 against the Jets in 2013 and his second-worst ever in the playoffs (49.1 vs. Ravens in 2010). He barely resembled the guy we know as one of the best who ever played the game and a quarterback who is money in the playoffs.

The Broncos were able to control Brady and win because, simply put, they had a lot of good pass rushers. Von Miller, the second pick of the 2011 draft, had 2.5 sacks and 4 hits (sacks also count as hits) of Brady yesterday. DE Derek Wolfe (1 sack, 4 hits) was a second-round draft pick in 2012. Former Cowboys star DeMarcus Ware (0.5 sacks, 7 hits) was a free agent pickup in 2014. DE Malik Jackson didn’t get a sack but the 2012 fifth-round pick did hit Brady three times.

Denver spent its first round pick last year on OLB Shane Ray, who didn’t get in on the sack party yesterday. But he did post four sacks on the year and he is expected to develop into a double-digit sack type of player. It would not be surprising if they tabbed another player with pass rushing ability in the draft this year as Jackson is set to be a free agent and Ware don’t have a whole lot of effective years left.

And that is why Redskins fans do not need to be concerned about the possibility that re-signing Junior Galette will stunt the development of Preston Smith. Or that there won’t be snaps for Trent Murphy. Or how Ryan Kerrigan fits into the picture. Or what happens if (when?) Scot McCloughan drafts or signs another pass rusher (or two?) this spring.

To be sure, it can’t be all about pass rushers. Denver can put on pressure because its defensive backs do a good job covering one-on-one. Cornerbacks Aqib Talib and Chris Harris and safeties T.J. Ward and Darian Stewart help the pass rushers do their thing so the draft and free agency can’t be all about the guys up front.

Right now the Redskins have three effective pass rushers in Kerrigan, Smith, and Chris Baker. Galette is a free agent but he has said that he will re-sign with Washington. Jason Hatcher was better getting to the quarterback than his two sacks indicate but he may not be back due to retirement and a high salary cap number. Murphy, who had 3.5 sacks last year, may or may not develop into a consistent pass rusher.

So with possible retirements and other question marks, the Redskins need a few more players who can get to the quarterback to get into the pipeline. And when they do that, McCloughan needs to stockpile a few more.

Timeline

—The Redskins last played a game 16 days ago. It will be about 229 days until they play another one.

Days until: NFL Combine 29; NFL free agency starts 43; 2016 NFL draft 93

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  1. Jax4 - Jan 26, 2016 at 7:33 AM

    How in the world does Tyrod Taylor AND Jameis Winston get in the Pro Bowl over Cousins? What a joke that “game” has become. Just cancel it already and do a skills competition instead.

    • berniebernard666 - Jan 26, 2016 at 9:53 AM

      The Oscars were the best thing in the world to happen to Kirk Cousins. The Liberal NFL has to issue reparations for that snub…and now Kirk Cousins will be more motivated than ever to “show them:….plus with his new contract Kirk will work even harder in order to live up to it.

    • bangkokben - Jan 26, 2016 at 10:45 AM

      They were voted as alternates. It’s that simple. The results usually come out before the penultimate game. The fans start voting quite early. The players hardly watch the game. The players/coaches may have voted with four games left in the season. Bottom line: nobody cares about the Pro-Bowl except for Dallas Cowboy fans and the state of Hawaii.

      • redskinsnameisheretostay - Jan 26, 2016 at 8:53 PM

        All true! The players reflect who the fans want to see play not the best players. The game hasn’t been relevant for some time. I haven’t watched that game myself in years.

  2. troylok - Jan 26, 2016 at 7:38 AM

    Yeah, but there is also the issue of quality. Denver just doesn’t have pass rushers: they have great pass rushers. Kerrigan is solid. Preston Smith seems like the real deal. Murphy? I’m sorry but I think he is just going to be a role player. He just doesn’t have that quickness that premier pass rushers have. Not saying they should cut him, but maybe they need to fatten him up and start viewing him as an end.

    The other part that you touched on is the backend of the defense and how locking up safeties and corners in man coverage allow the defense to blitz more. We don’t have an abundance of safeties on the roster that we could lock up in man coverage. D. Hall and K. Jarrett could possibly lock up in man coverage on receivers but the rest of the guys are zone safeties.

    • goback2rfk - Jan 26, 2016 at 9:17 AM

      I disagree. Kerigan is good but not solid. He disappears for entire games at a time. He is not a dominant pass rusher. As of right now his contract is not worth it.

    • Trey Gregory - Jan 26, 2016 at 7:38 PM

      Thinking of Kerrigan and Galette opposite of each other excites me. They’re two of the better 3-4 OLBs around. Not the best, but they’re up there. And being on the field at the same time should help their production.

      It’s hard to judge Kerrigan based off this year. He was injured in the preseason, and took a while to get going. Then he broke his hand. He was also working with a new LB coach and in a new system. The only real excuse for a guy getting paid like him are the injuries. But there’s also that he didn’t have a dominate force opposite him until later when Smith came on. Kerrigan got a lot better as the year progresses. Maybe he got healthy, or maybe Smith’s presence helped. Either way, we should hope/expect him to be healthy and have Galette it Smith working next to him in 2016. The Redskins’ starting OLB situation is really looking pretty good. Better than a lot of team’s pass rushers. We just need depth now.

      • redskinsnameisheretostay - Jan 26, 2016 at 8:58 PM

        “And being on the field at the same time should help their production.”

        I 100% agree with you about the tandem of Kerrigan/Gallete.

        “But there’s also that he didn’t have a dominate force opposite him until later when Smith came on”
        I continue to stress that Kerrigan is one who thrives on the pressure coming to him. He isn’t the guy that will create consistent pressure. Kerrigan is a smart technique player who improvises well on the field. With Galette providing the disruption on the other side, Kerrigan will feast on it with sacks, turnovers, and added pressure.

        • Trey Gregory - Jan 27, 2016 at 1:03 AM

          @Redskins: I agree. I kind of love that Kerrigan isn’t the fastest or most athletic guy but he still find a way. That doesn’t help us on the field, but I like that about him. He wins with work ethic and technique.

          The only time he disappointed me this year were some of those missed sacks early in the year when he was in the backfield, maybe even with a hand on the QB, and somehow he missed. It left me scratching my head. I can’t think of an examination other than health.

          I also think people underappreciate his QB hurries. I’ll try to find the exact stats if someone needs it but in 2014 I believe he was something like 2nd in the league in QB hurries, while still having the 13.5 sacks. Those hurries matter. Sacks are ideal but hurries force the ball out early and can cause turnovers, a check down, or incompletions. I’ll have to try and find his hurries for 2015.

          I don’t quite follow what you meant by “I continue to stress that Kerrigan is one who thrives on pressure coming to him.” Care to elaborate a little more?

  3. Lex - Jan 26, 2016 at 7:42 AM

    As I watched this game I thought we dont have any real pass rushers maybe preston smith….Denver has a pro bowl D but their Lbs an D line put constant pressure on Brady while he carved us up like Thanksgiving turkey. One guy I love is Victor Ochi from Stony Brook. Hes starting to become part of analyst conversation but hes very disruptive and would pair well with Smith Kerrigan an Junior!

  4. sidepull - Jan 26, 2016 at 8:24 AM

    Redskins need pass rushers. Every team needs more pass rushers. Even teams that have great pass rushers want more pass rushers. I say the Redskins need to beef up the Offensive line with a C. They are going to need to protect Cousins. More pass rushers, and a Center and now a possible NT. Lots of work to do that’s for sure. Management gets them reinforcements and they will need it looking at next years schedule.. This team is going to look consistently formidable. Now that they do not have to worry about finding a QB they can move to protect him and crush the oppositions.

    • 1222tmiller - Jan 26, 2016 at 3:24 PM

      Kory is one of the better centers in the league. He got hurt, it happens. You win playoff games with defense. ILB and some young blood at the D Line is what we need most. We don’t have a 3rd corner either. We seem to have a lot of injured pieces at safety. Our most solid position is OLB. I would love to have one more dominate rusher, but let’s fix the rest of the defense first.

      • austrianhttrfan - Jan 26, 2016 at 5:23 PM

        Kory was one of the worst before he got hurt…

        • Trey Gregory - Jan 27, 2016 at 1:15 AM

          During his two years overall at center Kory grades out pretty average actually. Not the best, but not the worst. A lot of people aren’t happy with him because he’s undersized though. Especially for a power scheme. They want (understandably so) a big anchor in the middle to move the defensive line. I love Kory, but he gets rocked back a lot. He’s just very technically sound, so he survives. But a bigger body with the skills Callahan can teach will probably serve us better.

          That being said, there’s already a couple guys on the roster who could make fill that role. I wouldn’t be upset if Kory comes back one year while they continue to develop a guy like Long (or whoever). I also wouldn’t be upset if they moved one of those guys to center to get the learning process started. Either way we probably wouldn’t have a top center, but we probably wouldn’t have an awful one either.

          Nose tackle or ILB however… If we do t bring Knighton back the. We desperately need a replacement, and a depth player depending on who they bring back. Baker was too good in his new position to move him back to NT. I want to see them have a starter and a depth plan that doesn’t involve Baker.

          ILB, it’s the scariest position group to me. In an earlier post Rich said he’s not that worried about ILBs, but I don’t understand that at all. I would love to see an early round pick or decent FA acquisition dedicated to that position group.

          The of course there’s the Dline. We have some okay starters. But they could be better, and I think our depth is about to disappear. We probably won’t be drafting high enough to get a quality OLB in the first round, but maybe we can steal a DT at #21 if we get lucky. I’m allll for that pick over a center.

          I’ll never be mad at the team for drafting an offensive or defensive linemen in the first round. I’ll also never be mad if they just truly take the best player available (at this point in a rebuild and as long as it’s not a QB). But I really think we have more pressing needs than center. Notice I didn’t even bring up safety. And if something happens with Culliver, then yikes, we will need another corner too.

          My point is just that we have legit options to play center, even if they’re not the greatest. We truly don’t Have legit options at other positions though.

  5. abanig - Jan 26, 2016 at 9:26 AM

    They need to focus on signing Mohammed Wilkerson or Malick Jackson to start at RDE. With Galette hopefully coming back they’ll have a good group of pass rushers. It sucked Paea got hurt because he was starting to play play better the second half of the year before his toe injury.

    • timwillhide - Jan 26, 2016 at 11:42 AM

      I think Paea will be better in 2016. He played DT in a 4-3 for the Bears so you have to figure he needed time to learn a new position. I would love to see us get Wilkerson, but I think he will cost too much and someone else will get him

      • abanig - Jan 26, 2016 at 12:20 PM

        We don’t play a 2-gap scheme anymore. Paea fits in the one gap scheme as the weak side DE or the pass rusher. His job isn’t that different than when he was the UT for Chicago. Baker just beat him out last year to shine at the position – which I expect to continue – that doesn’t mean that Paea isn’t a good player though.

        Cooley said that he felt Paea deserved more snaps during the season because he often times saw him flying around giving a lot of effort and getting pressure. It was reported that early in the season he was dealing with a back issue and then the toe injury sent him to IR. It sucks he didn’t stay healthy, hopefully he bounces back this season.

        A Wilkerson or Malik Jackson would replace Hatcher as the 5-technique on the other side of the formation.

        • timwillhide - Jan 26, 2016 at 3:21 PM

          I wasn’t saying the responsibilities were different where he is lined up is different

        • abanig - Jan 27, 2016 at 1:43 PM

          He one gapped in chicago’s defense as the UT in their 3-4 and he did the same last year. He’s shooting a different gap on some plays, but essentially he was doing the same thing he did when he was in Chicago.

          Also, the skins played a lot of nickel last year and when Haz was there because teams threw so much.

          So, they’d play a lot of 4 down linemen or two down linemen with Kerrigan and Orakpo/Murphy/or Smith standing next to the DTs.

    • Trey Gregory - Jan 27, 2016 at 1:19 AM

      I agree with what abanig is saying: Paea was basically doing the exact same thing he did in Chicago. It shouldn’t have affected him much, if at all. Sometimes guys have down years, it happens. Either way, he’s good for depth.

      I still don’t understand why some people think guys like Muhammad Wilkerson will even actually hit the FA market, or that McCloughan would be willing to pay for them. But yeah, if we could get someone like him and the price wasn’t absurd, that would be cool. I just feel like that may be unrealistic.

  6. scottmccloughanfan - Jan 26, 2016 at 9:29 AM

    As i said yesterday, the #21 pick should be a DL or DE.

    In the game between the PACKERS and REDSKINS, B.J. RAJI looked very good at NT, and he may become an available FA. To me, better than TERRENCE KNIGHTON, but I’m no GM.

    However as my post moniker suggests, I’m a big fan.

    On the back-end, GOLDSTON hopefully will restructure and return. Mr. ALLEN we turn our lonely eyes to you.

    Meanwhile, both BERRY and WEDDLE are currently available FA. If they’re not signed by their respective clubs, one of those would really help the back line.

    • timwillhide - Jan 26, 2016 at 11:44 AM

      I said last year I would like for them to sign BJ Raji hopefully they get him

  7. berniebernard666 - Jan 26, 2016 at 10:08 AM

    I’ve said this before but guess I will again. Kerrigan is a good pass rusher but he is not “special”. He is an 8-10 sack guy and no…he is not a “BEAST” as many of you tried to tell me last summer.

    If you’re going to have a severe pass rush, either you need a scheme which allows a lot of good players to get in on the pass rushing, with disguised blitzes, or else you can rush 4 if you have SPECIAL players. The Redskins have ZERO….that looks like this: 0……that is ZERO pass rushers in the PRO BOWL and ZERO Defensive Linemen who are great interior linemen and ZERO cover guys in the Pro Bowl.

    I know you would like to call Chris Baker great but getting 6 sacks in 17 games is ONE sack in about every 3 games and he disappears most of the time, especially on running plays. The Skins absolutely need a Defensive Lineman who can stuff the run and get pressure as well. Baker is more suited to replace Pot Roast as Nose Tackle because he is big and holds his point well, he just doesn’t go side to side.. Ricky Jean and Paea are both solid backups…role players…and that is all. The Redskins need TWO Defensive ends at this point to go along with Smith, Kerrigan, and Junior Galette. Scott M has his work cut out for him.

    • nhskinsfan - Jan 26, 2016 at 10:47 AM

      I mostly agree with you. I think Kerrigan can be better if the d-line was better. He also started off the year banged up. Preston Smith will be better too with the d-line. Agree completely with the d-line. We need dominate ends to really move this defense in the right direction.

      Where I don’t agree with you is using the Pro Bowl as your measuring stick. It’s a popularity contest, nothing more. Good players get snubbed all the time if they aren’t a big name or on a big name team. The Redskins are frowned upon for several reasons. The name issue being one and also nobody in the media gave them respect due to the garbage that our division was this year.

      • scottmccloughanfan - Jan 26, 2016 at 3:03 PM

        I never watch the PRO BOWL. It should be eliminated.

      • berniebernard666 - Jan 26, 2016 at 10:38 PM

        so Fletcher COX would not make the Redskins better? How bout Calais Cambell? or Aaron Donald or Gerald McCoy? How about Kawann Short and his 11 sacks? Think they might have helped the Redskins? or even Geno Atkins and his 11 sacks..?? ALL of those guys are Pro Bowl players. Still think that average players make the PRO BOWL and it doesn’t qualify somebody to be good enough on the Redskins????? You’re being silly.

        The Redskins need PRO BOWL DEFENSIVE LINEMEN. It really is that simple if they want to improve.

        • nhskinsfan - Jan 27, 2016 at 9:37 AM

          There are plenty of players who can help this defensive line including but not limited to Pro Bowl players.
          Jason Peters made it this year with it being one of his worst years.

          Marcus Peters let up 7 touchdowns this year(4th worse in the league) sweet he got a lot of picks. He was obviously thrown at a lot.

          Jordan Reed didn’t get picked. Kelce got in over him. Kelce was not better than Reed.

          Cameron Jordan, Olivier Vernon, could have helped to who played better than a few of those Pro Bowl players.

          All of the players you named could have helped this line for sure. So could have players who didn’t go.

          All-pro players is who we should be shooting for.

          I guess you can use this for your measuring stick. Just think about all the one hit wonders over the years that have made the pro-bowl.

          Just remember ALBERT HAYNESWORTH was a 2x Pro Bowler.

        • Trey Gregory - Jan 27, 2016 at 2:56 PM

          Not to mention Dashon Goldson and DHall have been to pro bowls (Goldson twice and Hall 3 times). Kerrigan made the pro bowl in 2012 and he absolutely had a pro bowl year last year. Junior Galette had back to back prop bowl type seasons in 2013-2014 (although I would understand if someone disagrees with that). Love him or hate him, Knighton has been one of the better nose tackles in previous years. But he falls under DTs, not NTs, for pro bowl votes so that’s tough. My point is that if you value pro bowl births, we have guys if that caliber.

          As a side note, I know Culliver wasn’t that great this year, but he was hurt and learning a new system. I personally believe Culliver is a great player who could end up in a pro bowl before it’s all said and done. Maybe he won’t ever be known as the top corner in the league, but he can be very good if allowed to play his style (physical).

          I’m also still salty about Kelce getting it over Reed. There’s no way Kelce was better than Reed, even when you consider blocking. Reed was more important to his team than Kelce. That’s proof that all great players don’t make the pro bowl.

          I won’t go down the list of offensive players we have who have either made pro bowls or have that potential since you didn’t mention the offense. My point is just that we have talent. It’s more of a depth issue on defense to me at this point (except at ILB. We need tons of help there).

    • ET - Jan 26, 2016 at 1:40 PM

      “Baker is more suited to replace Pot Roast as Nose Tackle because he is big and holds his point well, he just doesn’t go side to side.”

      Disagree. Strongly. Did you WATCH Baker when he filled in at nose tackle? He was average at best. He was the best option available in a pinch, nothing more.

      Baker is a damn good DE, and he’s still getting better. If Scot finds some fresh blood for the other DE spot, plus a healthy Galette, we’ll see Baker, Kerrigan and Smith look better—and I do agree that the level of talent along the front seven needs to get better quickly.

      • redskinsnameisheretostay - Jan 26, 2016 at 9:14 PM

        I especially agree that Baker shows promise of even more upside as a one gap DE. He did well as at the position this year because Barry allowed Big Swaggy to use his athleticism by beating the Guard instead of containing him. He could be even better next season. Baker is NOT an anchor. I’m not sure where Bernie was a few years back but Baker at NT relegated him to backup status meanwhile moving him to the DE position under Barry’s system converted him into an every down starter. So how is it a good idea going backwards for Baker?

        Baker never was a natural Nose Tackle. His body type is ideal for a DT in a 4-3 and the next best thing is Barry’s 3-4 at DE.

      • berniebernard666 - Jan 26, 2016 at 10:41 PM

        if Baker is so “damn” good, how did teams run right by him so often????

    • Trey Gregory - Jan 27, 2016 at 1:35 AM

      Your pro bowl comparison was silly because it’s not the only indication of good players. That doesn’t mean good players don’t make the pro bowl. He said good players get snubbed. That means, while there’s good players in the pro bowl, there’s very good players who don’t get in too. I can name a few if you really want to do that.

      A lot of what you said was right on but there is more to a defensive linemen it OLB than just sacks. Sacks are great, but it’s not their only job. There’s dropping in coverage for the OLBs, sealing the edges/keeping contain, tackling, plugging running lanes, QB hurries, taking on a double team, or the guy 2 gapping who does a good job absorbing blockers but that doesn’t show up on the stat sheet. It’s more complicated than just sacks.

      Also, I don’t think Baker is better suited to play NT. I think all evidence points to the contrary. 6 sacks for an interior linemen isn’t bad at all. He also got into that backfield and pressures the QB plenty of times without a sack showing up in the stats.

      I would be curious to see the stat of how teams ran by Baker so often. I may have missed how severe this problem was, I’m not saying it’s not true, it just wasn’t very obvious to me that he consistently whiffed in the run game. The run defense in general was lacking this year. Baker wasn’t out there alone. Some better ILBs and Safties would do wonders for that. If the opposition’s engages our Dline then we need the guys behind them to come in and clog those holes. It’s more complex than 1 RB running at 1 DE.

      People have also correctly noted that this was Baker’s breakout year. He was undrafted, took some time to develop. It took them some time to figure out how to use him properly (NT was NOT it). But he seems to thrive in a 1 gap scheme. I don’t see any reason to think he won’t improve next year. Some of that is coaching, some was probably him needing more time to develop. But it seems he has arrived.

      But you’re not wrong that we could use more talent. Paea and Francois should just be rotational players. If we can get a couple better starters to keep those guys as depth players, then we’re going to be doing okay.

  8. metalman5150 - Jan 26, 2016 at 10:37 AM

    that d tackle from bama, Reed, would look good in the burgundy and gold.

  9. scottmccloughanfan - Jan 26, 2016 at 11:02 AM

    Fortunately, the draft appears deep along the D-line. I’m certain an impact player can be had at # 21.

    • berniebernard666 - Jan 26, 2016 at 10:44 PM

      Michael Strahan was a 2nd round pick. So if really comes down to a great scouting staff and a GM who spots talent. Stats in college are not a true indicator of NFL talent because schemes are different, training is not full time, and coaching is so much different. So I agree that at 21 Scott M could possibly find a Pro Bowl level Defensive Lineman IF that is the position they go for…..

  10. scottmccloughanfan - Jan 26, 2016 at 11:16 AM

    Mock drafts are pretty pointless at this point.

    But d-line with #21 would be a lock in my view.

    Beyond that everything depends on what happens in FA with our own and others.

    Rich listed a number of probables amongst the 17 FA we have rated from 1-5, 5 being a lock to be re-signed.

    I agreed with all 17.

    Beyond that, I would certainly look for additions in four slots.

    First, a top of the line NT with a TERRENCE KNIGHTON re-sign as a back-up.
    Second a FS if one can be had. Both BERRY and WEDDLE are potential pick-ups.
    Third, a top-flight center.
    Fourth, a running back who fits the offense.

    Beyond that

    D-line with #21.

    Then in no particular order:

    Third QB
    2 CB
    SS
    Another DL
    ILB
    OLB

    Eight picks.

    • bangkokben - Jan 26, 2016 at 12:19 PM

      “Mock drafts are pretty pointless at this point” They’re pretty much ALWAYS pointless. How many mocks had the Redskins taking Scherff at #5. Where did Leonard Williams end up? None them come close to the best hitters in baseball. Didn’t many mock drafts have Morgan Moses as a late 1st rounder? As long as we fans understand the track records that these mocks have and we take that into perspective, have fun with it. But weather models that predict snow storms are MUCH MORE ACCURATE than mock drafts. As for signing big name safeties, i don’t see that happening. I also don’t see signing any big names. There might be a big contract to a Chris Culliver type player but these Redskins aren’t one-player away from competing so the GM will continue to build the team with solid picks and FAs.

      • scottmccloughanfan - Jan 26, 2016 at 2:57 PM

        My main man McCLOUGHAN took four FA’s last year, and as you said, the ‘Skins have quite a ways to go to become a decent squad. Minimum of two years if McCLOUGHAN is allowed to work his magic. Meanwhile, i think we need four more to plug holes this upcoming season.

        When this club begins to excel then we can afford to eschew FA’s, and coach up the talent brought in by ALLEN and McCLOUGHAN. Hopefully, DANNO’s fingerprints won’t be on any of our future moves.

      • scottmccloughanfan - Jan 26, 2016 at 3:13 PM

        One, mine. But i was screaming about the RGIII debacle from the start. Wanted to rebuild the o-line before going after a QB. Thought the rookie QB might get mangled before the o-line was rebuilt.

        We see how that went.

        You win championships in the trenches. This year it should be defense.

        The hogs, DARRYL GRANT, DAVE BUTZ, DEXTER MANLEY, CHARLES MANN made those teams what they were.

      • sidepull - Jan 26, 2016 at 3:19 PM

        Agree ” mock draft” should be “who would you like to see them pick if you were the GM?” That’s about the size of it. Of course there is always a fan who is going to project the pick the the Redskins eventually make so good for them.

      • Trey Gregory - Jan 27, 2016 at 1:39 AM

        Actually, most of the mock drafts I looked at last year had the Redskins taking Scherff. At first it was Gregory, Shane Ray, Fowler, maybe Vic Beasley or even some Bud Duprees. But then they all changed to Scherff. I said there was no way, then boom, Scot did it. That’s like the 1 time I’ve ever seen a mock draft be correct outside of the #1 pick

    • berniebernard666 - Jan 26, 2016 at 10:48 PM

      it is a total waste to draft a QB with anything but a 5th, 6th, or 7th round pick. The franchise QB is already on the roster in Cousins and the backup has to be a vet like Colt. ANY draft pick may hold a clipboard for the next 4 years so why waste a 3rd round pick on somebody who will not play for four years. Plus, a 6th round pick could be cut and placed on the practice squad. A 3rd round pick may be lost to another team on the practice squad.

  11. scottmccloughanfan - Jan 26, 2016 at 11:25 AM

    I think TOM COMPTON ideal for the blocking TE and emergency OT. By the 2016 season, he may be able to catch a pass or two as well.

    OT TAKOBY COFIELD should move from the practice squad, and take over COMPTON’s o-line duties.

    TE LOGAN PAULSEN should be replaced.

    Retain LICHTENSTEIGER inside, and upgrade with a FA starter at center. Release JOSH LeRIBEUS.

    Keep the same receivers for 2016.

    Add a replacement RB such as LAMAR MILLER for AlMo.

    • sidepull - Jan 26, 2016 at 3:21 PM

      They also snagged a TE from Buffalo and I an curious to see what that guy has to offer in a possible upgrade to Paulsen.

    • 1222tmiller - Jan 26, 2016 at 3:44 PM

      Kory is a much better center then you guys are giving him credit. One site has him ranked as the #9 center in the league. He is definitely in the top half. We didn’t have problem running the ball because of Kory. We had problems because of Josh and the 2 guards. We have a lot of young talent on the O-Line, give them time to grow as a unit (without injuries)

    • berniebernard666 - Jan 26, 2016 at 10:50 PM

      Tom Compton couldn’t seem to block anybody in the Green Bay game. I don’t understand where people get this idea that he is very good. The run game went NOWHERE when he was in there.

  12. cupquest - Jan 26, 2016 at 1:56 PM

    Don’t get me wrong, I like Ryan Kerrigan, but is he worth $11.5M/year? That makes him the 2nd highest paid OLB in the NFL. In the Redskins scheme, he basically plays DE as a down lineman most of the time. His salary would make him the 6th highest paid at that position. He’s just not a consistent pass rusher. That was clearly evident in 1st round playoff game against a much-aligned, injured Packers’ O-line in which he struggled to get any push whatsoever. He finished the game with 1 tackle and 2 offside penalties. That just ain’t gonna get it done.

    • berniebernard666 - Jan 26, 2016 at 10:55 PM

      I have already talked about Kerrigan on this thread and other threads since last summer. He is NOT a beast as so many have told me. He is however a nice 8-10 sack guy….and also he is an All American Boy who will never present a problem. I think that is why he is paid so much. As an illustration of what someone can do if they don’t make rap albums and get caught beating women or getting DUI’s. I have no problem with that contract I just wish the team would realize Ryan is not much more than average. I don’t want him taking up fulltime snaps while Preston Smith and Junior Galette have to split snaps, since they are far better pass rushers.

  13. wildbill1952 - Jan 26, 2016 at 3:45 PM

    Apples and oranges. I won’t take anything away from Denver. Their defense was great. But looking at New England’s loss and saying that the Skins would be better off with better pass-rushers because of that is like looking at a truck and saying big tires would make a Lambourghini better. If having the best pass rushers in the game was the secret weapon to send you to the Super Bowl, we’d be seeing Houston and Kansas City in this year’s Super Bowl. We are not. Before we start throwing out Kerrigan and Preston Smith and the other members of the defense, looking exclusively at pass-rushers, it might be a good idea to see what other improvements on the defense might make a better team with the existing pass-rushers. (CB, LB, FS, SS, etc.) Getting the best pass-rusher in the draft and not improving the secondary is not a real good recipe for success.

    • scottmccloughanfan - Jan 26, 2016 at 6:02 PM

      It is however an important first step.

      Next year, we get the best player at a position of need and so on.

      This draft has quite a few stellar DT and DE. May as well make hay while the sun shines.

      Lots of holes to fill in other areas as you point out.

      For that reason, I can’t see a championship caliber team in the next two seasons.

      But if ALLEN continues to administer the cap as he’s been doing since the penalty-era, and McCLOUGHAN continues to pick the talent as he did in 2015, we will be on our way back to the hey-day when the ‘Skins were feared and revered throughout the league.

    • berniebernard666 - Jan 26, 2016 at 10:58 PM

      you’re right. Teams with severe pass rushers aren’t very good and don’t help teams make the playoffs. All we need are corners and safeties who can cover for 14 seconds and we are set.

  14. kenlinkins - Jan 26, 2016 at 4:00 PM

    When I first read the title my thinking was “More? shouldn’t it say Better / Other pass rushers”. Great pass rushers are like great fast ball hitters, they are born not developed. The first year in the NFL they should flash, by the end of the second year they should be feared for how they can impact a game. If they do not reach that level by the end of year two your chance of increasing your sack totals with them is not good. The Redskins did not have a great pass rusher in 2015 but P. Smith did flash so there is hope for him and we know that Galette could the last time he played. Other than those two, the Redskins do not have anyone who can place fear into a QB. The rest are just AVG, that is not to say they are not good but they are just not ever going to generate a pass rush you can count on and waiting on guys like Baker, Murphy, Paea or Jeffcoat is a mistake. The Redskins need to keep drafting OLB’s, DE & DT who have shown in college they have a shot to be a home run hitter in the NFL. The problem is that most of them are found early in the draft and not having those 2 extra first round picks plus a second due to the RG3 is a major reason for the lack of a pass rush today. (well that and missing on Murphy, Kerrigan, and Orapro as pass rushers).

  15. austrianhttrfan - Jan 26, 2016 at 5:24 PM

    We need D-line…that´s it, good D-line and the rush will be much better.

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