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Need to Know: The Redskins’ best defensive games of 2015

May 31, 2016, 5:49 AM EDT

Riley-tackle-vs.-Dolphins

Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, May 31, 58 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp in Richmond.

Timeline

—The Redskins last played a game 142 days ago. It will be 104 days until they host the Steelers in their 2016 season opener.

Days until: Redskins training camp starts 58; Preseason opener @ Falcons 73; Final roster cut to 53, 95

I’m enjoying a vacation week in the Outer Banks. While I’m gone I’m presenting a few of the most popular posts from earlier this offseason (Note: A few details may not be updated) as well as some posts looking back at some of the team’s best performances. Thanks for reading, see you again on Monday, June 6.

The Redskins’ five best defensive games of 2015 (in terms of yards allowed)

213 yards vs. Rams, 09.20.15—The Redskins didn’t get any takeaways but they didn’t need them, holding Nick Foles to 150 yards passing and bottling up the Rams’ rushing attack (64 yards).

256 yards vs. Dolphins, 09.13.15—The Redskins stifled the Miami attack all day, holding the Dolphins to just 10 points. But they were let down by the special teams as Jarvis Landry returned a punt for 69 yards and a touchdown to provide the winning points.

318 yards vs. Cowboys, 12.07.15—There was really no reason for the Redskins to give up this much yardage to Matt Cassel and company. The last 20 yards they gave up were the killer, setting up the winning field goal in the final seconds.

320 yards vs. Eagles, 10.04.15—But for a couple of lapses in the form of allowing long touchdown passes from Sam Bradford to Riley Cooper and Miles Austin, this was one of the defense’s best games of the year. They kept the game close enough for the Redskins to win it on a late touchdown pass.

332 yards vs. Giants 11.29.15—Odell Beckham got his, catching nine passes for 142 yards including an incredible diving, one-handed grab for 21 yards and a touchdown. But nobody else really hurt them and rookie Quinton Dunbar made a key interception in the end zone to help hold the Giants at bay.

  1. colorofmyskinz - May 31, 2016 at 6:32 AM

    Our defense will be much better. I think Murphy, Paea, and Ricky JF are poised for breakout years. Reyes, Murphy, and ionnadis will be better than Hatch and pot roast.

    Add much better health and depth to ILB, with foster and Compton gelling, possible Riley rotation, then Spaight and Daniels. Better depth than last year.

    Add better OLB pressure with Gallette.

    Add better Safety depth with Bruton, Sua, inhencho.

    Add much better corner depth with Norman, and Fuller.

    In my opinion we look better at every key role on defense and have better depth. 2016 defense will blow 2015 away.

    • babyteal1 - May 31, 2016 at 8:25 AM

      Safety and Corner much improved. D-Line adequate. ILB awful.

      • colorofmyskinz - May 31, 2016 at 8:47 AM

        I agree ILB not best compared to league but better than last year. I think Spaight and Daniels will contribute. Riley is going to be a bugger with that boot. We know Spaight is a run stopping thumper. And the same for Daniels. We also picked up that ILB from the steelers, Garvin (I think is haywards replacement). Being that we finished the year with only foster and Compton with no backups, I think adding Spaight, Daniels, Garvin and Riley as backups places us in a better position than last year.

        • John - May 31, 2016 at 12:34 PM

          Its a bit much to expect a 2nd year player who was on IR and a rookie who has not played to be all that.
          Compton and Foster are not great but serviceable. Garvin or one of the rookies should replace Hayward, considering he’s been on IR the last 2 years with season ending injuries in the preseason.

    • John - May 31, 2016 at 12:49 PM

      Yes they have added depth and should be better with Norman and a healthy Galette. Regarding the depth will they be all that better since many of the newcomers, except Reyes have not been in this or a similar system. Many of those you suggest will tear it up have not played (Spaight, Fuller & Daniels) or been backup (Bruton) or have not excelled in the past (Murphy, RJF), so what leads you to believe the defense will be leaps and bounds better?

    • Mr.moneylover - May 31, 2016 at 12:50 PM

      Don’t expect to much out of Trent Murphy and Stephen Paea Both struggle last year but I wanna see the young guys that we got on board last year who stood out in pre-season and that’s jarrell powe and Corey Crawford… Both of those guys are capable of stepping up at a high level according to Ricky jean Francois…they always end up switching up they lineup by the time the season come…if its Kendrick Gholston and Kendall Reyes lining up next to Chris Baker now I think that will change by the end of training camp

      • Mr.moneylover - May 31, 2016 at 1:10 PM

        Jay gruden said they gonna try different lineups until the season start I don’t think jay gruden is showing his full deck of cards right now… He might be showing a few cards but not the whole deck not in OTAs…remember jeron Johnson he was suppose to start but nacho STEPUP before he got injured…remember pot roast was the starter but ended up just bein a third and 4th down player…I rather put the 2 young guys next to Chris Baker keep Kendall Reyes and Ziggy Hood as a backup and just leave Stephen paea and Trent Murphy to compete for a roster spot…redskins will never find out what they really have and capable of if they keep they talent on the sideline…Ricky jean Francois said jarrell powe is the most powerful D-line player and had a great off-season so far

  2. blazerguy234 - May 31, 2016 at 8:05 AM

    None of those teams had much offense. How do you predict who is poised for a breakout year..a crystal ball..maybe. Maybe their one career year was the best they can bring.

    • ajbus1 - May 31, 2016 at 9:47 AM

      Huh?

  3. bangkokben - May 31, 2016 at 11:09 AM

    The first two games of the season were YUGE outliers. The Redskins were successful running the ball and limiting the opposition’s yardage. Then everything flipped.

    • redskins12thman - Jun 4, 2016 at 7:12 AM

      Why did this happen?

      • bangkokben - Jun 4, 2016 at 10:10 AM

        The simple answer is injury but perhaps the FIRST two games are times when all teams are getting they’re feet wet and the Redskins were simply better out of the gate.

  4. redskins12thman - May 31, 2016 at 11:29 AM

    Our defense wasn’t as bad as the Saints, but definitely needs to show improvement if the Redskins are going to have a decent season. The DL and experience / health at safety are the biggest question marks for me; I hope the defense thrives this season. HTTR.

    • ajbus1 - May 31, 2016 at 10:25 PM

      Totes agree.

  5. James McFullan - May 31, 2016 at 12:34 PM

    The defense should do much better this year, with Breeland, Norman, and Kendall Fuller at CB and a rotation of Bruton, Ihenacho, Hall, Jarrett, and Cravens at Safety. Then with Kerrigan, Galette, and Preston Smith rushing the passer along with Will Compton and Mason Foster in the middle then having Ionnidis plus Chris Baker and Trent Murphy in the trenches, this should be a very much improved defense.

    • redskins12thman - May 31, 2016 at 12:52 PM

      The latest news I have heard is that Kyshoen Jarrett may be on PUP list for the whole season; has been unable to recover from season ending injury against the Cowboys.

      • Mr.moneylover - May 31, 2016 at 1:15 PM

        And that’s OK that’s why we got will Blackmon learning the saftey position and he’s gonna be another player whose gonna be capable of bein in different positions on defense like kyshoen Jarrett

  6. Mr.moneylover - May 31, 2016 at 1:24 PM

    It was a DL undrafted player on the falcons he was raw a lil bit but he was so powerful they gave him a chance to start against the panthers… I forgot his name the falcons season was already dead but still they gave him a chance redskins need to do the same thing with these young guys instead of bringing In free agents who struggle on other teams to fix the problem

  7. sidepull - May 31, 2016 at 5:41 PM

    Players,, players, players…Ok we have some upgrades, have some hopefuls and have some weak spots but to me, Joe Barry better do something with this squad. I need to see more. He has more to work with so lets see it.

    • ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - May 31, 2016 at 7:02 PM

      That’s where I’m at, too.

      * carefully not typing any name of any coaches, lest I screw up again *
      ~

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