With the success of the 2012 Washington Redskins, there’s high hopes for the 2013 season. Many are wondering how the team will get over the playoff hump and into the Super Bowl, but the answer doesn’t lie outside of the roster the team currently has. You can look no farther than the injured reserve list.
With Linebacker Brian Orakpo leaving due to injury in Week 2 and not returning for the rest of the season, the Redskins were still able to make the playoffs. Although Orakpo doesn’t bring a lot to the table in terms of pass coverage, but establishing a pass rush is what has made so many playoff runs successful. If Orakpo can get back to his elite pass rushing ways, then there’s no doubt the Redskins can repeat in 2012 as long as the offense continues to click.
Having him back will also help free up Ryan Kerrigan, who had a down year in his Sophomore campaign with the Redskins. Now that he’s not the only legitimate pass rusher, Kerrigan won’t attract as much attention, but you can believe that teams will still take notice of him. But then if you pay too much attention to one, the other can come screaming in the backfield at a moment’s notice.
The defense had massive struggles in 2012, and even though a lot of it came through the air, that can be helped if the pressure on opposing quarterbacks gets cranked up a few notches, and that’s why having Orakpo healthy for an entire season will be vital for the Redskins to make it to the promised land.
Korey Beckett is a writer for RantSports.com and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org for questions or comments.