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- Jun 30, 2009
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I've been checking out a St. Louis Rams blog and found a couple of articles about what they are looking out for from the Redskins.
Link: http://www.turfshowtimes.com/2011/9/30/2460803/redskins-rams-player-to-watch-brian-orakpoYesterday I had a post on how Santana Moss will be a player the Rams need to game plan for. Another guy who they absolutely need to game plan for is Brain Orakpo, the great All-Pro pass rushing OLB for the Redskins. He is only in his third year but he has already established himself as one of the great 3-4 OLBs in the NFL.
Orakpo had a breakout year last season. He had 11.5 sacks and established himself as a great 3-4 OLB earning a spot on the All-Pro team. His pass rushing style is based on both speed and quickness. He is the total package. He has a great bull rush that he uses to establish his presence and to set up his great finesse pass rushing.
This year most Redskin fans are expecting him to be better than last season, not a small feat to accomplish, mainly due to the fact that they added Ryan Kerrigan who also looks like a very good pass rusher. So far Orakpo has one sack and one forced fumble (on the same play.) His impact hasn't been too large yet because most teams are game planning for him.
In my opinion this could be a game in which he unleashes. The reason for that is the Rams trouble on the right side of the line. Jason Smith is playing very badly so far this year and Adam Goldberg won't be able to handle Ryan Kerrigan himself so protection will slide to the right. This will leave on most plays Roger Saffold one on one with Brain Orakpo, which could turn into a nightmare for the Rams. We will see how it plays out on Sunday but there should be no doubt that Orakpo will have a huge impact on the game.
Link: http://www.turfshowtimes.com/2011/9/30/2460463/washington-redskins-rex-grossman-sam-bradford-st-louis-ramsWashington Redskins, Rex Grossman Have Something In Common With Sam Bradford & St. Louis Rams
Washington Redskins quarterback Rex Grossman has something in common with St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford. Both players, both teams, are suffering from poor offensive line play. In case you haven't noticed, offensive line play has been a big theme here this week, though we should probably point out how bad the receivers have been with the drops.
The trend in Washington is duly noted at Hogs Haven:
The Redskins rank 8th in QB hits allowed. As we saw first hand against Arizona, bad things happen when the interior OLine doesn't hold their ground and rushers come in untouched off the edges. Rams' RT Jason Smith is statistically one of the worst Right Tackles in the NFL right now. Grossman floats passes and makes bad decision, but he's still doing the right things.
Matt Williamson from Scouts, Inc. sounds a similar tone in a conversation with Mike Sando today:
I think Bradford has played well and I feel for him. They have had so many drops. No one can get open for him. He hits guys in the hands on third-and-8. He is getting no help. The line is not there, the safety-blanket running back is not there. Bradford is not the problem at all. The offense should get better when Danny Amendola and Steven Jackson are back. Bradford could really use an Amendola type.
Fortunately for the Rams, Steven Jackson is back this week, back to a bigger role. The Rams defensive line has also been pretty sharp, certainly on the edges. The defensive ends playing inside in some of the pass rushing packages, including James Hall, have struggled a bit with penetration. They have a favorable matchup this week. Of course, the Redskins are looking at the Rams offensive line and thinking the same thing.