The Washington Redskins’ Pass Rush Is Missing In Action

By Greg Bradshaw

Much has been written about the struggles of the Washington Redskins’ defense, most notably the pass defense. Opposing receivers sprinting past starting cornerbacks DeAngelo Hall and Josh Wilson on deep passes is a frequent, unwelcome occurrence for Redskins’ fans.

However, the problem lies in the Washington pass rush, or lack thereof. The Redskins rank near the bottom of the league in team sacks with 14. Outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan leads Washington with 4.5 sacks. He’s a high energy player that is a proven playmaker.

However, the defensive line containing Stephen Bowen, Barry Cofield, and Jarvis Jenkins have a combined 2 sacks.  This paltry output from the defensive front just won’t cut it. This means opposing quarterbacks have plenty of time to survey the field and find an open receiver.  Of course, that puts extra pressure on Washington’s secondary to contain those opposing receivers. It’s a task that’s proven to be too much for the secondary to handle.

To be fair, the Redskins lost two defensive starters, outside linebacker Brian Orakpo and defensive end Adam Carriker, to season ending injuries. Orakpo was Washington’s best pass rusher, as well as a rising defensive star. Carriker was a solid, if not spectacular, presence on the defensive line.

None of that matters now. The NFL is a win now league where teams are expected to have solid depth to combat team injuries. Other players have to step up and make plays. Currently, Washington is on its bye week. But maybe there’s some hope. The Redskins’ next game is a Week Eleven matchup with the Philadelphia Eagles, whose offensive line has been struggling tremendously. Maybe that matchup will be the solution to Washington’s pass rush struggles.

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