BGO Ownership Group
- Feb 1, 2010
- Reaction score
- Waynesboro, VA
Read more at the Washington Examiner: http://washingtonexaminer.com/blogs...fense-redskins-seahawks/1961091#ixzz1fDFIAmowStuds
LB Brian Orakpo. For a lot of the day he was just OK. Late in the second on a one-yard stop of Marshawn Lynch, Orakpo did a nice job shedding the tight end’s block and coming off for the tackle. But on the next play he was turned inside as Lynch raced past him for a seven-yard gain. But in the second half Orakpo did more damage. The Redskins moved him around a little more and when he rushed from the left side he drew a holding penalty from the tight end on a third down. Then, in the fourth quarter, he deflected a pass after a failed cut block on him. Midway through the fourth quarter he and Ryan Kerrigan, rushing from the left side, ran a stunt. Both players executed it well and both reached QB Tarvaris Jackson just as he threw the ball. Later in that series, Orakpo was mugged by LT Russell Okung, though no flag was thrown. On the nextp lay, he drove Okung back with a bull rush, exploding into his pads. You could see Okung get jerked up a bit. Kerrigan also collapsed the pocket as did Stephen Bowen. Orakpo and Bowen got the sack.
LB Perry Riley. It’s funny but when watching the game I thought Riley was making a lot of tackles. But it was when going over the game again and checking the notes that his day jumped out a little more. He finished with 14 tackles (one thing: tackles can sometimes be misleading and are not a sole indicator of a performance. But eight of his 14 tackles were for gains of three yards or less. That’s pretty good). Riley continues to play with speed and has been fun to watch. Have to give credit for how Washington brought him along. Once Rocky McIntosh’s play had clearly slipped, they inserted Riley. He was much more ready; you simply can’t play this game when your head is too clouded with responsibilities. It’s not just about learning from mistakes, it’s about having the best chance for success – individually and as a team. The defense didn’t need him early in the season and at that point the goal was to play the best players; McIntosh, at that time, was better. Now Riley clearly has surpassed him and he’s playing. I loved a play he made in the fourth quarter: on a first down, Jackson dumped off to Lynch in the left flat. Riley read the play and broke before the throw and drilled Lynch for a one-yard stop. A good, decisive read. When he reacts this way you really see his speed.
CB DeAngelo Hall. I know he gave up a touchdown pass and he can’t shoulder tackle along the sidelines. But Hall did a solid job all day of being in the right spot and coming up with big plays. Not sure I agree with a defensive player of the week honor, but … Surely it helped facing Jackson, who clearly struggled to put any zip on his passes. Of course, it’s tough to do when you insist on throwing off your back foot as he did a couple times. Hall was always around the ball and made a very nice play on a deep ball in the end zone. As we saw later in the game from Seattle CB Richard Browner, not every corner does a good job playing the ball in the air. Hall did. Jackson put no zip on a pass to Golden Tate that Hall intercepted. But Hall had played him perfectly anyway and almost looked like the intended target. Hall also disrupted a key third down stop late in the game with his jam of Tate (see below) that led to LaRon Landry’s sack. Hall did drop an interception; it seemed like he misread it a little bit and jumped for the overthrow; he grabbed the ball at his legs. Again: Jackson’s softball throws made this easy. But Hall was solid most of the day and made the game-clinching pick.