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Skins Quotes 11/17/11: M. Shanahan, Haslett, K. Shanahan


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Executive Vice President/Head Coach Mike Shanahan

On the timeline for the return of wide receiver Santana Moss:
“I think there’s an outside chance for Seattle.”

On the status of LaRon Landry’s injured Achilles:
“You’re not really sure of it until he practices. Obviously it’s inflamed enough where he couldn’t practice, so that’s never a good sign.”

On the defense struggling on third down last week:
“They [the Dolphins] did a good job. I think they were 50 percent, 7-for-14. Going into the game, they weren’t that consistent, so give them some credit for doing a good job on third downs. We’ve got to do better in that area, something we’ve been pretty consistent with.”

On his track record of producing prolific rushing attacks:
“Well, I think we’ll do that here. I think we would have. This is not an excuse, by no means, but you miss a guy like Kory Lichtensteiger, who probably was the most consistent guy a year ago. Chris Cooley is probably as good a blocking tight end as we’ve had in the league. And you get a guy like [Tim] Hightower that is really kind of a strong back, a downhill back. Even a guy like Santana can help with third down when people double up on your running game. You lose that little edge, not that we were great, but we were getting where we want to be. We will get that running game back, I promise you. I’ve been doing it over 20 years and that’s our trademark. But any time you shuffle guys in and out, you’ve got to keep on working and I think [Maurice] Hurt has really made some strides in the right direction, a young guy I look as having a good future in the National Football League. He’s got the ability. He’s got long arms. He’s a good size. He’s got some quickness. I think he’ll keep on getting better and better. I think getting Trent Williams back after being gone for a few games, him coming back and getting back in football shape, will help us. Hopefully Jammal [Brown] can come back after missing that game and get that continuity that we’ve been lacking. But you have to have that, and you’ve got to build on it. Once we get it rolling and get the depth that we want, I think consistently, we’ll be good every year.”

On if it’s easier to replace running backs than offensive linemen:
“Everything starts up front, on offense or defense. If you don’t have a good offensive front, or if you don’t have a good defensive front, you’re not going to win in the National Football League. You’re not going to be consistent. You may be lucky enough to get 10 games or 11 games, but once you get to the playoffs, your chances of doing something aren’t very good. Same thing with the running game. Every once and a while, you see a passing team that has a little success, but over the years, you’ve got to be able to run the football and you’ve got to be able to put pressure with the front four.”

On if he hoped linebacker Perry Riley could contribute in Week 1:
“Yeah. I think we saw with Perry that you could see he’s just one heck of an athlete. But that inside linebacker position, especially in a 3-4, takes some time to really get used to. You’ve got an inside strong 'backer, weak 'backer, with formations they flop assignments. It’s really a learning experience. I think Perry’s done a fantastic job this year coming in and really picking things up quickly as compared to a year ago. He’s adjusting very quickly and he just keeps on getting better every game. He’s going to have some growing pains but I think everybody could see his speed and quickness and athleticism. That’s one thing you can’t teach.”

On if he was concerned last year about Riley’s ability to learn two positions:
“Well, you see the athletic ability. You just didn’t know if it was going to take three games, six games or another year. Sometimes it’s the third year when a guy really kind of gets it out. Sometimes it’s the second year. Sometimes you throw him in there because somebody gets hurt. He’s got to learn either way. Somebody goes down and he’s going to make some mistakes, he’s going to give up a few touchdowns. But you’re hoping that he can learn and not give up too many big plays.”

On Riley being able to assume London Fletcher’s play calling duties for a few plays:
“You can see he can do that in practice, because when you flip the strength of formations, you have to be able to do it anyhow. He’s got to learn that. You know he can do it. But any time you’ve got a guy calling signals and you put the pressure of a game situation on him, it’s always nice for a guy to step up and play like he did.”

On nose tackle Barry Cofield:
“He’s exactly what we were hoping we would get. Like I said before, I don’t say this without giving it a lot of thought, when you take a look at our front that we do have and you take a look at a guy like Jarvis Jenkins that we lost to IR that I think he’s got a big upside and might have the biggest upside of anybody in that front, at least that I’ve been around since I’ve been coaching. With the outside linebackers and inside guys that we do have, we’ve got a strong unit right now.”

On targeting defensive players last offseason and the possibility of targeting offensive personnel next offseason:
“Well, there’s no question. You’ve got to target something in the offseason. That’s what we targeted. And I really think we were fine on offense, but when you lose four or five of those guys, you’re not quite as deep as you’d like. But you’ve always got a plan, but you’re always looking at the salary cap. You’ve taking a look at offense/defense. And you’re taking a look at drafts. Then you try to come up with the best plan.”

On grading Riley’s performance last week:
“First of all, I look at a guy, does he have the ability to make plays? And he’s got the ability to make plays. It’s up to us to put him in the right situations. What I mean by that is it’s going to take some reps, there’s going to be some growing pains, and we’ve got to spend some extra time and get him on the same page, because you want your best athletes out there making plays. He loves the game. He’s very enthusiastic. I just think he’ll keep on getting better and eliminate some of those rookie mistakes as time goes on.”

On if he is cautious with Riley because of his inexperience:
“Just the opposite. I mean, if you watch that football game and you couldn’t see that this guy was a little bit quicker, a little bit faster than everybody else on the field, then you’re not looking at the linebacker position. I mean, he can make plays in the open field tackling that a lot of guys can’t make. And that’s the first thing you look for as coach is who can make plays on running backs out in the open field. Usually guys don’t have that type of athletic ability, so I was pleased to see that and his ability to matchup on people one-on-one, regardless of if it was a tight end or running back or even a wide receiver. So, that’s a good sign. But as Jim [Haslett] mentioned before, I think he mentioned that there’s going to be some growing pains. You’re going to make some mistakes. But at least those mistakes are going to be full speed.”

On the most important factor for the offensive line when running an outsize zone:
“It’d take you about a half hour to answer that question, but basically, it’s a unit working together, because it’s just not the frontside, it’s the backside as well. You don’t know if the play is going to go all the way out to the sideline or go all the way back the other way… It’s not a power running scheme where we’re pulling guards, but you’ve got to knock people off the football to have success with any running game.”

On if Landry sat out to rest his injury:
“No, there was no resting, he just didn’t feel like he could go. And so that’s why he didn’t practice and hopefully he’ll be better tomorrow.”

On the offensive line’s role in the running game:
“Any time you have a lot of different pieces in the offensive line, you’re not as consistent as you’d like. It just takes one guy to be a little bit off, because if the play is going to go outside or cut all the way back, everybody’s got to be in unison. And if you’re just a little bit off, then you’re going to be pretty inconsistent. So it’s a group of people playing together and trying to keep that continuity going. And if you do lose somebody, you’re hoping that you have the depth where you don’t skip a beat and if it’s the offensive line or the running back position, it goes hand-in-hand.”

Offensive Coordinator Kyle Shanahan

On quarterback Rex Grossman’s performance against the Dolphins:
“I thought he did a good job. He did a good job moving the ball. I know we were disappointed we didn’t get into the end zone. I thought he did a good job out there.”

On what Grossman did well:
“He did a good job getting completions. He made some good decisions. I know he had two picks, but both of the throws he had – it was the right throw. He should have let it go when he did. It was unfortunate what happened. I didn’t think the two picks were his fault. We didn’t get into the end zone, but I thought he did a good job overall getting rid of the ball and making the right reads.”

On Grossman’s red zone interception:
“There was definitely a bust on the play. There was some bad distribution on someone trying to make an off-schedule peel and it brought two different guys into the same area.”

On if he’s not pinning the interceptions on Grossman:
“No. it was definitely the right throw,
timing of the play, when he should have let it go and the right read.”

On how much Grossman will benefit this week from knowing that he’ll be the starter:
“I think it’s the same. Rex has taken a lot of reps here in these two years. I don’t think it’s much difference at all.”

On Grossman’s comfort in the pocket:
“That’s huge. It’s very tough to play in the NFL as a quarterback if you won’t sit in there. You can’t watch the rush. You have to hang in there [and] you have to be fearless to give yourself a chance to read those coverages down the field to make those throws on time. That’s one of Rex’s best attributes.”

On if Grossman’s aggressive nature is one of the reasons he was named the starter again:
“It wasn’t one reason in particular, but Rex has a lot more experience than John [Beck]. He’s played in a bunch of games. John came in and did fairly well coming in the Philadelphia game [and] made a lot of plays. He did well in the Carolina game. With the injuries going and everything, we felt that with John out there, he just didn’t have the experience to get through some tough times. We felt more comfortable with Rex and thought he gave us the best chance to win.”

On wide receiver David Anderson being able to play shortly after signing:
“I thought David did a real good job. He did good on all of his plays except for one. There was one play on third down – we needed him to make a tough catch. It was high and behind him, but definitely a catch we expect him to make and he’s got to make. Besides that one play, I thought he did a good job.”

On why wide receiver Terrence Austin did not play much:
“Terrence had just gotten some opportunities in the three games prior, but he’s still working and we still believe in Terrence. Just for that specific inside receiver role, we wanted to give someone else a chance. We brought David in and he did a good job.”

On if the scripted offense will change because of the struggles scoring in the first quarter:
“I think, really, since Week 5, it’s been all quarters. It’s not just been the first quarter. We’ve been struggling since Week 5 and I don’t see any difference in the first 15 compared to the next. Just off the top of my head last week, our first two scripted plays got us in third-and-3 on third down, which isn’t a scripted play. We had a busted protection by the young guy and Rex got hit because of it. I don’t know if that’s because of the first 15 or what happened on third down. You never look at complete absolutes, but each game’s individually different. I think the main thing is we’ve got to play better, not just the beginning of the games, but it’s all four quarters.”

On if the Cowboys defense has been simplified:
“Dallas has some good players and you don’t see them do as many blitzes as you may have in the preseason earlier. We played them Week 3. We only had two games to go off of and the preseason games, which I think they were doing a little more blitzing and stuff. They still do it and they definitely still try to get after the quarterback, but they also know they don’t need to. They can get there with four guys and, when you can get there with four guys, the coverage behind it is a lot tougher.”

On the toll the injuries are taking on the running game:
“That’s been the hardest thing. When you change your group each week, with the injuries we’ve had and we’ve had a bunch of guys going in there and playing for the first time. When it is their first time, it’s a different five. When you lose a linemen each week, that’s definitely hard. The running game is all about continuity and playing together – all those guys being on the same page with the back. We definitely haven’t had that since Week 4.”

On running back Roy Helu not starting against the Dolphins:
“We thought Ryan [Torain] gave us the best chance to win. We liked how he matched up running the ball versus those guys… I think Helu had more plays in the game anyways. So who starts is really only a big deal to you guys. To us, it really doesn’t matter. Each one does different things differently. Helu did some good things in San Francisco. By no means was he great. He got a lot of catches [and] a lot of check downs thrown to him. We’re going to try to play the best guy each week whoever gives us the best chance to win. It’s usually rarely against somebody personally. It has to do with who we’re going against and what we plan on doing.”

On how much of a concern the injuries to the offensive line are:
“Yeah, it’s a huge concern. It’s been a concern for about a month ago now – guys who have been in and out. We’ve got some guys banged up right now that are the guy’s replacing other guys. We still have a chance for them to play this Sunday and we’ll shuffle guys around and see who we’ve got when we get out there.”

On if playing with a lead is more conducive to running the ball more:
“Yeah, watch the games we have had a lead. When we have had the lead, we’re much more balanced. We believe in balance. We have been balanced in the first half most of the time, but, in the second half, it’s been a while since we haven’t been down a couple of scores in the fourth quarter.”

On what he wants to see from wide receiver Anthony Armstrong:
“I want to see him make some plays. He’s had some opportunities out there. He should have more this week with [Leonard] Hankerson going down and just continue to get better.”

On Armstrong’s preparation:
“He’s always prepared. That’s never been a question. I think [Head Coach Mike Shanahan] challenged him with bump-and-run coverage, but not preparation. Anthony’s one of our hardest workers. He does everything right. He works at it. He’s just one of the couple of other guys working better in practice. Anthony’s been there. We know what he can do. With those guys going down, I think he will get some more opportunities.”

On Helu’s development as a third down back:
“He’s up and down. He’s come a long way since the preseason. He’s had some games better than others. I think, last week, was one of his worst ones as far as protections. He had a couple of busts in there that we got sacks on, which hurt us a couple of times on third down. He is a rookie and you are going to have to learn from some of those mistakes. He’s as conscientious as anyone I’ve been around. He really works at it. He does his best. He got fooled a couple of times last week, but I expect him to be better this week because of it.”

On how much he has adapted calling plays because of injuries:
“You’ve got to do what your players can do. They’ve been working on the same plays that the other guys have worked on. You know what they’re comfortable with. You don’t just put in a whole new offense because you’ve got new players. You don’t always want to do that. You’ve got to be smart. You can’t put them in bad situations. You’ve got to give them a chance to succeed and, whatever that is, we try to look at it each week. You can’t just go out there and do everything you want schematically. You’ve got to make sure that the guys know what they’re doing and they’re capable of doing it and you’re confident that they can beat the guy in front of them.”

On if Grossman taking more shots downfield was because of the game plan or if he’s more aggressive:
“I think it was both. I feel like in our offensive scheme, we’ve always gone down the field. We’ve hit a lull not getting some of those big plays for a little bit. I know you want to say it was when [John] Beck was in. I think at times, when Beck was in, they weren’t there, but he did miss a few. It definitely hurt those opportunities when you miss some of those throws. And then when some are there and you don’t take them, it’s definitely going to skew those looks. But Rex came in and did what he’s done in every game he’s been with us. He takes it when it’s there and I thought he did a good job of it.”

On the loss of wide receiver Leonard Hankerson:
“I felt really bad for Hank. He got a slow start when he came here. I thought he really was one of the guys affected by not having an offseason. He battled through it. I know he wasn’t happy not playing right away. He got so much better putting in that work on scout team. It really has shown to everyone else in these last couple of weeks, especially last Sunday. For him to have a breakout game like that and thinking it’s only going to get better, for him to get hurt, we were obviously real disappointed, but I know how much it hurt him too and I look forward to getting him back next year.”

On if running back Tashard Choice will play against the Cowboys:
“We’re still working him out there. He still hasn’t played with his injury, but he’s seemed good so far. Hopefully, he can be ready to go on Sunday and get him some opportunities.”

On if losing running back Tim Hightower has significantly impacted the running game:
“Yeah, without a doubt. You lose your starting running back and it definitely hurts you.”

On if there have been lanes for the running backs:
“Sometimes, there's lanes. Like every back in the NFL, there are lanes and sometimes they miss them. Sometimes, there’s no lanes. Roy made a hell of a run last week on third-and-3 when I didn’t think there was anywhere to go and he still moved the chains. So it’s been both ways. It’s not just them. It’s not just the offensive line. It’s everybody.”

On how you work on running backs missing lanes:
“It’s tough. It’s pretty easy when I’ve got the clicker in my hand and I can slow it down and see exactly where the ball should go and how wide open it is. I’ve learned from experience and, if you do that too much with backs, then they start thinking. You’ve got to play. It’s natural to the back or it’s not. Our guys can do it. They have done it before. They do need to get better at it and we do need to give them more lanes, so they don’t have to be perfect the few times they get one.”

On if Choice can help on third downs:
“Yeah, I think he can. Our protections are different than [the Cowboys], so everything is new for him. He’s still trying to pick them up, but we’ll see how it goes. We’re still trying to get what he knows and he’s just trying to learn what we do. Our protections aren’t like Dallas’ so there are different things [and] different rules. I’ve been impressed with the strides he’s made in the few weeks that he’s been here.”

Defensive Coordinator Jim Haslett

On linebacker Perry Riley’s first start:
“I thought Perry did a good job. He’s got a lot to work on, but, for the first time out, I thought he was active. He made a lot of plays. He’s got a lot of little things he’s got to clean up, but that’s going to be a continuous battle. I think he did a good job. He was poised. Nothing really rattled him. I was impressed with him.”

On Riley’s four tackles for loss:
“Well, we blitzed him a lot. We sent him to run up the middle a lot. We did a lot of different things with movement that game, so he did have four tackles for a loss. He should have had a of couple sacks. He overran the quarterback a couple of times. He had some good pressure and he’s active and he did a nice job.”

On how differently he grades players in their first start:
“I grade them all the same. He had 64 plays and I think we gave him like 15 minuses, which is a lot. I understand it was his first start and he would have two or three minuses. I don’t want to say we’re picking on him, but there are things he needs to know and, once he gets onto the field and plays more… They ran a wham a couple of times and I would like to have him go over the top of the wham and Barry [Cofield] become the cutback player. What happened was – he said 'I’ve got the A-gap.’ I said 'I knew you’ve got the A-gap, but if there is a wham and you’re free, you can run over the top,’ but 'you know I’ve got the A-gap.’ Once he sees it and he’s on the field and he sees what a wham is, he’ll understand it a second time. If it ever happens again or it happens this week, he’ll know exactly what we want. That’s what you go through. It’s growing pains.”

On why Riley started:
“A number of different reasons. One, we thought he was doing a good job practicing and doing the scout team. This was the first time in the last couple of weeks we thought he had a good grasp of the defense. I like to see what he can do because we drafted him. He’s got some good speed. I think he has good cover skills. With young guys, you just don’t know until they have an opportunity. We just thought it was a good time to put him in. We knew what we were going to do – moving him and blitzing him and doing a lot of different things. It was a good time to get his feet wet.”

On how much progress Riley has made since he was drafted:
“Here’s where the big difference is with his position – he’s not just playing the weak inside linebacker. He’s playing the Mike also because what we call the Jack becomes the Mike with a change in motion or slot sets. So he’s not learning one position; he’s learning two positions. For instance, Pittsburgh had drafted Lawrence Timmons in the first round… It took him a couple years to start because it takes a while to learn both positions. He struggled last year, but when he became the strong inside linebacker, he couldn’t figure it out. So it takes some time.”

On if Riley will continue to start for the rest of the season:
“He’ll be starting this week.”

On if there were things that linebacker Rocky McIntosh was doing that led to Riley starting:
“I think Rocky in his first four games was playing really well. In the last couple, he didn’t. Rocky’s a good football player, but we just think Perry is really active and he’s fast. It was a good opportunity to get him a chance.”

On why linebacker Brian Orakpo only has half a sack against divisional opponents:
“I’m not really sure why that is because, even in the last game, he got good pressure on the quarterback. I think he’s just got to keep working at it and those things will come. I really don’t have any answer for why.”

On Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray:
“He’s given them a spark. He’s a really big guy that’s fast. When you look at the couple of games when he gets the 85-yarder, 95-yarder and then he gets the 65 and then he gets the cutback. He’s just a big guy, has a great stiff arm and he’s hard to bring down in open space. So you have to kind of bottle him up and keep him in the pocket if you can and keep him on the line of scrimmage.”

On how much the Cowboys’ running game helps quarterback Tony Romo:
“I think they’re really playing at a high level right now – probably the best I’ve seen them play in all phases. Because usually when you play them, you say, 'Well, maybe they’re not hitting all cylinders here or there.’ But I think they’re doing a great job running the ball. I’ve got great respect for the quarterback. I think he’s doing a heck of a job throwing it, obviously by going 23-out-of-26. He has great confidence throwing it to the receivers right now. Their offense is really hitting on all cylinders. They haven’t had under 400 yards in the last five games. I think they’re doing a great job.”

On the Dolphins’ success on third down last week:
“It was a couple of things. One, I think they did a good job scheming us. To be honest with you, we didn’t do as good a job getting to the quarterback. They kind of worked us with some of the combination coverages – they got open and we didn’t play as well as we would like. And then a couple we just didn’t get there – a couple blitzes, a couple of things that we had on, they just took advantage of it. We were third-and-short too many times. There were a number of different things, but we didn’t play as well. We’ve been good on third down for two years and that was probably the worst outing we had. They did a nice job also.”

On if Orakpo is different as a pass rusher this year:
“I think he’s a better pass rusher. He understands what we’re doing. He’s trying to get the ball out. He can play with power. He can play with speed. Pass rush skills wide, he can do a lot of different things. For a guy that’s 260 pounds, he can leverage. He got under Jake Long a couple of times in the second half and he really just bull-rushed him back into the quarterback which is what we want him to do the whole time. We tried to get him to work the edge on Jake. Early in the game, he was trying to run around Jake and Jake is too good an athlete. Then, when he settled down and started working the edges on him, I thought he did a nice job pushing the pocket.”

On if he thought linebacker Ryan Kerrigan would be able to force so many fumbles immediately:
“That’s what we saw in college – he had a lot of fumbles. He hit the ball out as he was running by. The guy is always reaching for the football. Even more evident than the sacks is how many times he got the ball out from the quarterback and he has a good knack for that.”

On the cornerbacks not forcing more turnovers:
“We’re getting about 35 runs on us a game, No. 1, and then we’re getting a lot of quick game at us. We’re not getting a lot of opportunities to get the ball thrown downfield right now. Those things will come. We’ve got to take advantage of them when they come. When you get leads and you get those type of things, that’s when you get your interceptions. Those things will come. We’ll get better in those areas.”

On cornerback Josh Wilson:
“Josh played excellent last week. I thought Josh played one of his best games last week. I thought he was tight on the coverage. I thought he tackled well. I thought DeAngelo [Hall], besides maybe one play, I thought he was excellent. He did a nice job tackling and a nice job tackling at the line of scrimmage. Josh is doing exactly what we’re asking him to do. Both of them played well. Josh played really well last week… I think the more he feels comfortable with what we’re doing, the better he gets. I was proud of the way he played last week.”

On the run defense:
“Same thing. We did a good job for the most part. At one time, they had 30 carries for 70 yards and then we let the 18-yarder get out, which is disappointing because it was probably Ryan’s worst play. He was supposed to be the force and then we had a couple of young guys inside – Kentwan [Balmer] and Chris [Neild] let those two guys up on the linebackers fast. If that’s the case, they have to make the play and then they missed the tackle. Besides that, we did a lot of different things to stop the run. I thought we did a good job on it.”

On if linebackers London Fletcher and Riley were playing downhill more:
“Like I said, we were blitzing them a lot. We were running a lot of inside fires and formation fires on them trying to get those guys to get penetration. We thought Miami had a hard time with movement and then they were running all of the whams and different combinations and we were getting penetration stopping the run.”

On nose tackle Barry Cofield:
“Barry played excellent last week. He had a nice game. I think the center from Miami is a good football player. [Mike] Pouncey is going to get better as he plays. I thought Barry had an excellent game. I think Barry can be one of the best nose tackles in the league. He can hold the point. He can play frontside. He’s active and he’s a good pass rusher.”

On how big of a loss defensive end Kedric Golston is and how he will be replaced:
“He had been playing really well. He was playing excellent last week also. It’s a big loss. We got [Darrion] Scott back, who will play some this week and Scott is a good pass rusher – that’s probably his forte. And then we signed [Kentwan] Balmer, an ex-first round pick and hopefully he can give us something because he looks like a 3-4 defensive end. We’ll work those two in and see how it goes from there.”

On if he’s concerned about the depth at middle linebacker because of injuries:
“You’re always concerned about it, but I know London’s going to play the game. We worked Lorenzo [Alexander] in there this week and he’ll be ready to go. If not for some reason, then we’ll put Perry over at the Mike linebacker and that’ll be interesting and Rocky will play the Jack linebacker.”

On if Lorenzo Alexander can play inside linebacker:
“Lorenzo can do everything. The guy is an amazing football player. He can play any position. He’s smart. He’s our fourth or fifth inside linebacker. He’s our fourth outside… That’s why he’s a five-star athlete in high school.”

On the safety position against the Cowboys:
“O.J. [Atogwe] will play this week. We feel good about that – to see him at full speed and see how he goes.”

On what has helped Cofield’s progress:
“I just think the understanding. He’s never played the position, No.1. And not having the offseason or an extended training camp, it probably put him behind. But he’s really a smart player. He analyzes the position. He’s strong. He’s athletic. He’s got a lot of savvy in there. He understands and studies the game. He understands his opponent. I think Barry can be one of the better if not the best nose tackles in the league.”

On Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant:
“The guy’s a beast when he wants to play. The guy’s unbelievable. He made an unbelievable catch the other day against Buffalo going over top... He’s got great hands, great speed, [he’s] 225 and hard to bring down. He’s a guy you’d like to have on your football team [and] the kind of guy you want to play against.”

On getting more players playing time:
“We’re trying to do whatever we can to win a game. We’re going to try to do whatever we can to get turnovers, stop the run and do those things. Whoever’s in there, we expect to play at a high level. Perry, we just wanted to give him an opportunity because we thought he deserved it. What I like about our football team for the future is you’ve got a lot of young guys on the defensive group. You’re talking about the whole front – 27 or 26 years old – the whole defensive line. You have Jarvis [Jenkins] coming back at 24. The three outside linebackers are 23 or 24. Your inside guys – Perry at 24. London, obviously, is the oldest guy of the group. Corners are young. Safeties are young. DeJon [Gomes] is young. I think he’s 22 today or tomorrow, whatever it is. You’re talking about a young defensive group that the Redskins can have for a long time.”

(Courtesy of the Washington Redskins)

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