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Need to Know: Galette says Redskins’ DBs will make him better than ever

Jun 17, 2016, 5:11 AM EDT


Here is what you need to know on this Friday, June 17, 41 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp in Richmond.


—The Redskins last played a game 159 days ago. It will be 87 days until they host the Steelers in their 2016 season opener.

Days until: Redskins training camp starts 41; Preseason opener @ Falcons 55; Final roster cut 78

Galette says he’ll be better than ever

Junior Galette has let the world—or at least the portion of it that pays attention to his Instagram feed—know that he is going to be better than ever in 2016.

He cites the “elite” defensive backs who will be playing behind him as the reason why he will be so good this year. Using their Twitter handles he lists Bashaud Breeland, Deshazor Everett, DeAngelo Hall, Duke Ihenacho, Quinton Dunbar, and Josh Norman. Of that group that only one who anyone not drawing a paycheck signed by Dan Snyder would call elite is the All-Pro Norman. But Galette is entitled to use hyperbole when pumping up his teammates.

What kind of talent did Galette have working behind him in New Orleans in 2013 and 2014 when he had 12 and 10 sacks, respectively?

The Saints’ defense was pretty solid in 2013, Galette’s breakout season. He went from starting one game and getting five sacks in 2012 to 15 starts and 12 sacks. The team was fourth in both yards allowed and points allowed and they went 11-5. Nobody in the defensive backfield made the Pro Bowl but it was a decent group with veterans Jabari Greer and Keenan Lewis at cornerback and Malcolm Jenkins and rookie Kenny Vaccaro at safety. Between the four of them they picked off eight passes.

In 2014 the supporting cast was not nearly as strong. The Saints fell to 28th in the league in points allowed and 31st in yards against and fnished 7-9. Vaccaro and Lewis were back as starters but the other defensive back positions were unstable all year. They gave Jairus Byrd a truckload of money to play safety but he was only healthy enough to play in four games. Corey white and Patrick Robinson shared starts at the at corner opposite Lewis.

How does the Redskins’ current crop of DB’s compare to Galette’s former teammates? Looking at it right now, the presence of Norman puts the Redskins perhaps a cut above. But that’s assuming that Norman is able to transition to a new team successfully and as we’ve learned in Washington, free agent success is far from a given.

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  1. colorofmyskinz - Jun 17, 2016 at 6:14 AM

    Gallette will be a game changer for us. This defense will look completely different this year:
    – Paea healthy
    – Baker secured as line leader
    – Reyes
    – Murphy conversion
    – ionnadis massive motor
    – Compton and foster time to gel in offseason
    – Gallette back and Preston development
    – Kerrigan starting year healthy
    – Bruton and healthy inhencho
    – cravens rotation
    – fuller at slot
    – Norman
    – and Bree secured in role
    – DHall 2 years from surgery and a full offseason in safety conversio
    – Blackmon full offseason on conversion
    – ou deph completely different

    Completely different assets to deploy this year. This defense will look completely different! Championship defense here!


    • sidepull - Jun 17, 2016 at 7:00 AM

      Yup but I want to see how the DC deploys this cast. Its going t be interesting thats for sure. Its nice to see some new players, some healthy vets, nice expectations but when it gets down to the nitty gritty is Barry going to make good adjustments, be unpredictable, and thwart opposing OC’s? I hope he grows right along with them.

      • Jimmy kubas - Jun 17, 2016 at 2:56 PM

        Yes..lots of talent.has got to get use all of it.just like some others have said. Depth looks good.gonna be cutting some good ball players

    • troylok - Jun 17, 2016 at 7:11 AM

      I am excited, too but the great unknown right now is who will end up getting injured. Last year our depth was so depleted at corner that guys were signed off the street and playing in the next game. I think we have better depth this year, but you can’t account for injuries and their effect on play.

      My biggest worry for the defense is with what we were exposed with in that Green Bay game. Barry likes to substitute players a lot and a team with a hurry up offense can wait until the right defensive players are in the game and then never let them off. There are all kinds of dirty tricks to derail the hurry up from fake injuries to holding players on the ground after the play is over. Maybe Barry needs to teach these techniques and then also know when to call a time out.

      • colorofmyskinz - Jun 17, 2016 at 7:49 AM

        Completely agree here. Barry needs to step up now with his talent.

      • sidepull - Jun 17, 2016 at 8:12 AM

        On the flip side I like seeing the Redskins in the hurry up, when they do run it, for those very reasons.

      • Trey Gregory - Jun 17, 2016 at 3:41 PM

        That was some backyard football BS that the NFL honestly shouldn’t even allow. It’s a bad product. It’s not really a big deal if a player is running off, completely away from the ball, and still has one foot on the field.

        But the refs blew one of those calls anyway. Shouldn’t have gone down like that. Barry can’t do anything about bad officiating. Knighton was also taking his time getting off the field and I’m sure that’s one of the many reasons they weren’t too anxious to resign him. McCloughan is building a fast defense. The guys he’s drafting are a bit smaller but more athletic. The need for gimmicks will disappear once this roster takes shape. If teams want to attack the defense without really thinking about it first then go ahead. We’ll have a bunch of athletic 3 down players who will make you pay. And an offense you don’t want to hurry up and allow back on the field.

        • bangkokben - Jun 17, 2016 at 4:29 PM

          Horrible officiating. I have no problem with the rule but the officials have to know their responsibilities. There is instant replay in place to catch a guy loafing off the field. There is, however, no instant replay to catch the obvious illegal procedure (two guys in motion at the snap of the ball, not being fully set after going in motion, etc.) which the refs missed on at least two of those occasions altering the course of the game. If the refs make the correct calls. Those are offsetting penalties stopping the clock allowing the defense to make its substitutions. That kind of officiating is expected in the NBA or FIFA and unfortunately may be par for the course in the NFL. Agreed with your points, Trey. Barry may need to be held accountable to his results but his results need to be taken in their proper context. Last year, injuries effected the overall talent and depth of the roster and decimated certain position groups. The specific example of being bested by the hurry up in the playoff game also needs to be taken into its context as well: poor officiating which would’ve offset those calls, Kyshoen Jarrett’s absence required the defense to need more sub packages, and it happened in ONLY one game.

        • Trey Gregory - Jun 17, 2016 at 4:43 PM

          Exactly. One time. It was just in a big moment. But I don’t put that in Barry.

          Still can’t stand the rule though. Having outcomes of games change because of a meaningless technicality like that is absurd. It’s not one team overcoming another. It’s a cheap gimmick, not fun to watch, and not a good product. Those announcers should be ashamed of themselves for praising Rogers during that. Like it’s a skill worth of the MVP to watch a guy run off the field. It’s not real football.

        • bangkokben - Jun 17, 2016 at 5:05 PM

          As for the Barry, those that want to hold his feet to the fire about it had an ax to grind since his hiring.

          For the rule, you have to draw the line somewhere and you can’t have three or four 300-lb men blocking the officials’ views because they’re loafing off the field. It is ticky-tack but wouldn’t be an issue if the refs did their job instead of trying to act like hall monitors. They actually seemed to be in cahoots with Rodgers — which is an unattractive product.

    • tim adams - Jun 17, 2016 at 9:13 AM

      Dude I love your enthusiasm every morning! I’m the same way….when it comes to the Skins my glass is always half full. We will see the glory days again!

    • John - Jun 17, 2016 at 12:32 PM

      Just a bit overenthusiastic.
      Put the pom poems down, unless your a Redskinette.

      DLine: Still a bunch of rotational players. No real studs to fear there. Murphy a beast? Based on all those sacks the last 2 years, right? Oh wait, he never did and now heavier, still won’t. The only one worth mention is Baker and even he is not consistent.

      Having Galette to rush with Smith and Kerrigan should help but LT or DT or VM, he’s not.

      Burton a career backup and special teams player was behind Nacho in Denver. Has size to play in the box but from most reports is a liability in coverage. Nacho banged up 2 seasons in a row. D Hall still learning FS.

      Norman will help but it all depends on the guys up front getting pressure without blitzing which this team does not do well.

      Fuller coming off a knee, how much will he contribute or will he be stashed on IR with a phony injury to sit and learn.

      Cravens has instincts but will be a situational player for the time being. Not the next Sean Taylor.

      Other than Breeland, Norman and Hall, the rest of the guys are mix and match.

      For those that whine about Barry not blitzing enough last year, he did what he could with what he had, a front without much rush and a banged up secondary. No more of that Hazlet “0” blitz crap that most of the time failed. There has to be a happy medium.

      Don’t get me wrong. I’m their biggest fan and hope for better results but realize they have flaws and “they are who we thought they were”.

      • tim - Jun 17, 2016 at 5:51 PM

        To each his own. They may be who you think they are or they may surprise you ….we shall see

        • Trey Gregory - Jun 18, 2016 at 7:41 PM

          I think that’s the point. We have to see. It’s premature to say that some of these guys are going to make an impact. We have no idea how some of these guys are going to work out. But, statistically, at least a few of them will be flops. So listing their names next to a position as if it’s some kind of proof that our team will be better is just silly. There isn’t a team in the NFL who cant list multiple names next to positions. It’s called a depth chart, not a reason to waive the victory flags.

      • John - Jun 19, 2016 at 12:17 PM

        Past performance over several seasons is enough of an indication of what to expect. Hard to expect a guy whose been average during his career to all of a sudden to be “the man”, just because he switched teams.
        Did RJF all of a sudden become Superman, when he came here? No. We just saw more of him, which is average. Is Murphy supposed to be a beast, now that he has put on weight? Based on past performance (2 seasons, rushing at right DE with hand in dirt in obvious passing situations) and not producing says no, all day long.
        Burton a career backup and under the radar signing. A backup in Denver behind Nacho is supposed to upgrade things? Really?
        You have to see things for what they are. More average players amongst average players.

    • Trey Gregory - Jun 17, 2016 at 3:12 PM

      I really don’t understand why some people keep penciling Ihenacho in as a starter. He really wasn’t even good when healthy. He’s a coverage liability and he’s the definition of an injury risk. I get mad at people for prematurely demanding cuts but this is one guy I hope they move on from.

      Also don’t get why you’re acting like listing Ioannidis’ and Myrphy’s name next to a roster spot is some sort of proof that the defense will be better. We have no idea. Ioannidis could be a complete bust. He could be awful. He’s a damn 5th round pick and you’re trying to tell me he’s going to make us better? Better than Terrance Knighton? Stop. It’s ridiculous. Murphy could be a horrible DE. Reyes, Hood, and Paea could never get back to old form. We have no idea yet. Let’s see these guys actually play before we go waiving the victory flag.

      • John - Jun 19, 2016 at 8:13 AM

        I don’t know where some folks get the idea that if you bring in average players in to compete with average players, those average players become superstars because they are here?

        Murphy will not be a beast. Never going to happen!

  2. renhoekk2 - Jun 17, 2016 at 9:20 AM

    Seeing a picture like that bothers me. Running a drill where a group of eight players go up for a ball in mass is asking for someone to get bumped or shoved and land off balance or awkwardly, possibly injuring a knee or ankle or something. Fans often wonder how players get injured at practices when they are in shorts with no live contact, that’s how. What could be gleaned from that drill that would be worth losing Norman or Breeland, or anyone for the season?

    • Trey Gregory - Jun 17, 2016 at 3:04 PM

      I’m pretty sure they posed for that and it wasn’t an actual drill. If it wasn’t staged then, yeah, that’s pretty bad.

    • Trey Gregory - Jun 17, 2016 at 3:23 PM

      On this subject: you know what else drives me nuts? When these guys take unnecessary risks. There’s always some shot of football players jumping on trampolines, diving/flipping into pools, playing basketball with their boys, something like that. Or even at practice doing flips and spins or whatever acrobatics. They’re toying with a huge investment and it’s really the fans who pay if they get hurt.

      Like I’m not buying that McCfadden broke his arm trying to catch his phone. How stupid do they think we are? He probably slipped while running around the pool or something.

      And don’t go out to the damn club! You’re a target. People will try to instigate things with you because they know it will be cheaper for you to settle $200,000 than to fight them in court. You’re going to get into a fight or shoot yourself in the leg. You’re a professional athlete. You can’t throw a part at home? Your friends can’t introduce you to nice young ladies at a private party in your house? Or a hotel suit? Come on.

      And that’s the price you pay for the lifestyle. I don’t want to hear it’s not fair. They’re getting paid more money on Sunday than most of us see a year to play a GAME. If you want to have a normal life then get a normal job. Otherwise, be smart and take care of your body.

  3. sidepull - Jun 17, 2016 at 9:55 AM

    Funny you say that Ren. I thought thats a great shot and then I thought man somebody could sure get whacked in a mob like that.

    • renhoekk2 - Jun 17, 2016 at 10:45 AM

      I’m probably a little over sensitive about it. I lost a whole season of HS basketball back in the day because some guy on an opposing team just shoved me when I went up for a rebound and I ended up destroying my ankle when I landed. But anyway….

      • bangkokben - Jun 17, 2016 at 4:41 PM

        Damn. That sucks.

        I thought the picture was posed, too.

  4. Trey Gregory - Jun 17, 2016 at 3:33 PM

    It’s strange to me that Junior Gallette is kind of going under the radar when it comes to offseason hype. Obviously some fans are excited for him but I hear/see way more about lofty expectations for other players. I saw this earlier this year too when talking about his contract. Fans seemed kind of uninterested and expected him to sign for nothing because they thought that’s what he was worth.

    Gallette could be the single best player on this defense next year. And, because of his position, he could be one of the most valuable. In my opinion he’s played better than Kerrigan when healthy. And I’m a gigantic Kerrigan fan. Don’t sleep on this guy to make a huge impact.

    • bangkokben - Jun 17, 2016 at 5:02 PM

      I think the hype train just hasn’t left the station yet. It seemed to be starting its engines when he started posted how explosive he was in February. As for the contract, that wasn’t based on ability but on everything — injury, previous red flags, Redskins have the right of first refusal, etc. HE DID sign for peanuts considering double digit sacks in his last two active seasons. $1,100,000 cap hit.

      • Trey Gregory - Jun 18, 2016 at 3:40 AM

        But it was about ability for other people. I know not you (I remember our talks) but other fans. I think they just never watched him in New Orleans and don’t stay up with this stuff as much as we do. So they see a guy, released by a team, who didn’t do anything but get hurt. That is, I think they have no idea what we really have in him. It’s just kind of amazing.

        I’m not saying he will be the best player on defense I’m just saying he could be. It’s a realistic possibility. The Norman hype train is running well; Murphy; Jones; Cravens; Fuller; Ioannidis; Bruton; even Paea. But not Galette. It’s just interesting.

        And he signed for peanuts compared to what I thought he would, but for over double what I saw other people saying. In my defense, I thought they would try a long-term deal. He’s not signing a long term deal at that rate. It will be a big contract.

      • John - Jun 19, 2016 at 8:07 AM

        Funny how bring a restricted free agent and able to shop around, other teams were not willing to open their wallets to sign him (Junior) away. The Skins could match offers but only to a point. Keep in mind, he resigned before Norman became available.

        • bangkokben - Jun 19, 2016 at 8:40 AM

          I’m not sure what you mean when you say, “to a point.” The ‘skins could match any offer any team made to Galette. His health and recent run-ins with the league were going to keep the contract within range that the Redskins would accept. Other teams don’t like doing the bidding for teams in the Redskin’s situation especially since the recent CBA outlawed poison pills that got around such restrictions in the past. And since the Norman deal wasn’t an option at the time, the Redskins always had the cap room.

        • John - Jun 19, 2016 at 10:47 AM

          The CBA while allowing teams first right of refusal unlike the NBA does not allow NFL teams to exceed the cap to resign in those situation. Were Juniors services in high enough demand they could sign him away. Sure he had the issue but has kept his nose clean and the injury but non real bidders. Makes you wonder if he’s all that.

        • Trey Gregory - Jun 19, 2016 at 2:04 PM

          Have you ever actually watched this guy play? Because we don’t have to wonder, the tape is out there. He went from and UFA to signing a mega deal. He’s very good.

          The reasons teams didn’t make him more offers are exactly what Bang said. The meltdown in New Orleans, injury, and teams don’t want to write up a deal for another team to sign. Those really are the reasons.

  5. Skulb - Jun 18, 2016 at 1:34 AM

    Breeland is just as good as Norman. He’s just a lot cheaper, so to be polite to Norman we make like he’s not.

    • Trey Gregory - Jun 18, 2016 at 3:33 AM

      I get what you’re saying man. And I love Breeland. Homegrown later round guy who worked hard and balls out. That’s my kind of guy. But Norman was first team all pro last year. That means he was literally best of the best. I know those are just accolades but he really did deserve it. He played lights out. Breeland has never had a season quite like that.

      But Breeland is younger, and seems to improve every year. So the potential is there. Norman also wasn’t elite until last year. So maybe you’re expecting his play to drop? And for him to be a one year wonder? Even if he doesn’t repeat 2015 (which would be a tall order) he should be plenty good. I just don’t think we can say Breeland is AS good until we either see Norman flop or Breeland have a season like Norman in 2015.

      But, man, if this is the year Breeland takes that big step and becomes a top cover guy AND Norman works out: they’re going to be crushing dreams out there.

      • Skulb - Jun 18, 2016 at 10:09 AM

        Yes I know that. But we’re in a division with New York, and last season ODB did actually walk all over Norman when he tried to shut him down. Compared to that, Bree wrapped him up tighter than a drum in our two games. All ODB’s big gains except one came when Breeland was elsewhere by assignment.
        I know who I’m putting on ODB in 16 and it ain’t our all pro corner. It’s our underpaid second stringer.

        I’m not expecting Norman to drop. I just think he’s slightly overrated (still very good) while Bree is highly underrated. I view them as almost equivalents in real football terms. It’s just that money talks in this world. Norman is paid a lot so the perception becomes that he’s probably correspondingly good. I don’t necessarily think like that.

        • Trey Gregory - Jun 18, 2016 at 1:21 PM

          I understand what you’re saying. And I’m not trying to insult your intelligence. I just meant that I don’t think Norman’s hype is actually about perception. He was not highly paid last year. Hardly anyone outside of Carolina even knew who he was. But everyone knew who he was by weeks 4-6 because he was straight shutting guys down. He legitimately played lights out last year. Then got paid.

          Now, I completely agree Breeland is highly underrated. But that can’t last much longer. Especially with him and Norman teaming up. People are going to have to notice the lockdown duo in Washington. And I hope you’re right. Seriously. I hope Breeland does end up playing better. I just don’t know that it’s happened yet. Just my opinion though. We will see.

        • Skulb - Jun 20, 2016 at 4:43 PM

          @Trey Gregory

          I agree with all of that, obviously. I was strictly talking about ODB, who is our very own problem to deal with in the NFC East. My only point was that Bree did a better job statistically against Beckham than Norman did in 15. I can’t remember where I saw the stats, but Norman dropped from about 75% success against all other receivers but down in the 20s against Beckham. If Beckham hadn’t lost his mind he would have destroyed Norman. And there was no such dropoff with Breeland. if anything he seemed even more fired up in the New York games.
          As far as I can tell he seems hungry and should keep rolling up his sleeves going forward, if for nothing else than to get paid himself. Anyway; hopefully we will have a top 5 corner duo with the two of them, which is what I’m anticipating. Depending on how the D turns out in the middle and at safety the entire defensive team could take a huge leap forward as well. But it’s more than just Norman. In fact I seem to recall that we were destroyed utterly down the middle on many occasions.
          For giggles you could try typing “Perry Riley” and “wrong angle” into a search engine. You get not exactly few results if you do, and he wasn’t the only one.

        • Trey Gregory - Jun 21, 2016 at 2:41 AM

          On this subject. Did you see the article where pro football focus ranked Washington’s CB corps as 3rd in the league? They ranked them based off the top 3 corners. So obviously Norman and Breeland: but to my utter amazement they praised Dunbar. And that’s 3rd without Fuller. The future is bright in this department. Even if but an doesn’t work out or only lasts a couple years. As long as we lock Breeland down we’ll be pretty set.

          And I adore Breeland. No need to talk him up to me. He seems to have his best games against the best competition. I didn’t know that about ODJ but that’s great. Granted, he’s in the division and he’s seen him more than Norman saw him. Players tend to play competition within the division better than those who don’t see each other as often.

          But my only real point is that I’m excited about our defensive backfield. All around. And I agree with everything you said about the middle. I just have to hope Hall will make a smooth transition and Bruton makes the most of his opportunity. I don’t know what they’re going to do with Cravens but I like the idea of him being a new era ILB. And Compton appears to be on the rise. My biggest concern is the middle of the line. Still, their job should be easier with Kerrigan, Smith, and Gallette on the edges and everyone else in coverage.

        • Skulb - Jun 21, 2016 at 11:59 PM

          Sorry about the delay. I go on football hiatus with the team. But no I missed the PFF article and will have a look at it. At least on paper I would not be surprised if they are right. Too bad football seasons aren’t made of paper though. No Redskins season has ever gone the way I thought it would it feels like.

          Agreed with everything you just said otherwise. The defense looks like it might be strong in 16, which will make a welcome change. I can’t recall us really playing even pretty well on defense since London was on the team. And for really good I almost have to go back to Dexter, sad as that sounds. Archives

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