Brian Orakpo: How the Washington Redskins Can Create Pressure Without Him

September 22, 2012   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Finding ways to still create pressure without his best pass-rusher is the challenge facing Washington Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett. There's no doubt that outside linebacker Brian Orakpo is a major loss for the Redskins defense.
In fact with both Orakpo and defensive end Adam Carriker out, the Redskins are attempting to replace 15.5 sacks. Their 3-4 front is dependant on the outside linebackers for most of the pressure, and neither Rob Jackson nor Chris Wilson is likely to match Orakpo's production.
To compensate, Haslett is likely going to have to expand his already aggressive blitz schemes. That will certainly put big pressure on an already shaky-looking secondary.
Back in July, this author wrote an article calling for Haslett to play simple coverages and reduce the blitz calls. However, playing basic schemes only works with athletes capable of winning up front. This problem was exposed against the St. Louis Rams in Week 2.
One option for Haslett is t...

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