Posts Tagged ‘Brian Orakpo

30
Dec
09

Brian Orakpo Named to Pro Bowl

By Ben Linton

Rookie Linebacker Brian Orakpo is the lone Washington Redskin that will participate in the 2010 Pro Bowl in Miami on January 31st. Orakpo was tied for the team lead with 11 sacks, and recorded 58 tackles in his first season.

This was a pleasant surprise, as most were not expecting Orakpo to be a Pro Bowl Selection, but it shows promise for the future and hopefully Orakpo can make many more appearances for years to come.

However when selections like these are made there are always players who are left out. London Fletcher is one of them. In his 12 seasons in the NFL, Fletcher has 1,236 career tackles, and no pro bowls. This season it seemed likely that he would receive Pro Bowl honors, with 134 tackles (tied for second in the NFL).

If you compare Fletcher with the other players that made the Pro Bowl, there is no comparison. Patrick Willis from San Fransisco deserves the honors by leading the NFL in tackles, Cowboys LB DeMarcus Ware is an acceptable pick with 11 sacks on the season. But Lance Briggs from Chicago is an absolutely rediculous pick. He has 106 tackles, 28 less than Fletcher, the same amount of interceptions (1) and .5 more sacks (2.5). Also the Bears have a much worse defense than Washington so this is just a frustrating decision.

If you want to compare this even further, stack Fletcher up with one of the best linebackers of all time, Ray Lewis. In 14 seasons, Lewis has 1,036 tackles, compared to Fletcher’s 1,236 in 12. The reason players like Lewis and Briggs make the rosters is because they promote themselves by dance around after every big play while Fletcher just gets the job done quietly and acts like he’s done it before. Fletcher will continue to fly under the radar, which is a shame.

It just goes to show how the selections in the Pro Bowl are political. Not always the best players and most deserving are chosen, just the most popular.

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18
Oct
09

Redskins Lose, Campbell Benched, Zorn Probably Fired

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By Ben Linton

Washington Redskins’ nation is in a state of disbelief, dismay, and disdain as they saw their beloved Redskins lose 14-6 to the previously winless Kansas City Chiefs this sunday. Seem familiar? Washington has given three teams their first win of the season. Now this will be the longest week in D.C., as the Redskins (2-4) will most likely have a new coach and new quarterback for next week’s game. But first let us reflect on what was the worst loss of season: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly from Week 5.

The Good

1. The Defensive Line and pressure was tremendous, as Chiefs QB Matt Cassel was sacked five times. Defensive End Andre Carter registered two sacks for consecutive games, and Rookie Brian Orakpo has recorded a sack in four straight contests. He is making a case for Defensive Rookie of the Year.

The Bad

1. The Special Teams was not impressive at all today. Punter Glen Pakulak had one put blocked, which Kansas City could not convert into points. But Kansas City capitalized on a 15-yard facemask penalty by Safety Kareem Moore on a punt return that set up a go-ahead field goal to put Kansas City in the lead 9-6. Antwaan Randel El has continued to struggle on punt returns, gaining eight yards on three returns for an average of 2.7 per return. Randel El has only 38 yards on six punt returns this year, and dances around way to much instead of trying to just cut it up field and get what he can.

The Ugly

1. This very well may have been Jason Campbell’s last game as Washington Redskins’ Quarterback. He was 9 of 16 on passes with 89 yards and an interception in the first half, and was benched for the rest of the game. I am known to be one of  Campbell supporters, but with this game I am ready to move on. He is just not an NFL Quarterback: He can’t make quick reads, gets nervous and plays scared, and doesn’t take chances.  Todd Collins played the whole second half, and connected with Reciever Santana Moss on a 42 yards on his first pass, and led the Redskins to two scores on his first two drives. Yet the Redskins scored six points against the worst defense in the NFL. He will most likely be the starter the rest of the way.

So this season has begun to rear its ugly head, and the light at the end of the tunnel flickers dimly. Today the Redskins played like the worst team in the NFL, and in fact make a good case to be the worst team in the NFL, regardless of their record. Their two wins have come against teams with a combined record of 0-12, and have lost to three teams that previously were winless. The Washington Redskins have some of the best players in the NFL. But they have one of the worst teams. So who is to blame?

In my opinion it is the ownership of the Washington Redskins that has been the problem for this debacle. Instead of developing talent and drafting well, the Redskins trade all their picks for big name players or spend all their money at signing players like Albert Haynesworth, DeAngelo Hall, Jason Taylor, Adam Archuleta, Jeremiah Trotter, Dana Stubblefield, Bruce Smith, Deion Sanders, the list goes on and on.

With only two good seasons under his belt and an injury-laden past, was Albert Hanyesworth worth 100 million dollars?

With only two good seasons under his belt and an injury-laden past, was Albert Hanyesworth worth 100 million dollars?

Then they hire Jim Zorn. A man who has never head coached in the NFL, let alone been a coordinator. Then they think he can handle the burden of being the Quarterbacks Coach, play caller, and Head Coach? I think not. I think Jim Zorn is a great guy, but he is an awful coach. With all the weapons that he has and the reputation he was given, the Redskins should be doubling the numbers on offense that they have right now. Zorn might as well just dig himself a ditch to hide in until Snyder calls him up and brings him into his office to let him know that he has been fired. Its a shame that you can’t fire the owner when your team is all screwed up, but instead they’ll run the coach and quarterback out of town, even though they deserve it.

Dumb and Dumber

Dumb and Dumber

So I know that most Redskins’ fans will give up on the season and I don’t blame ’em. 2009 will probably go down as the worst underachieving and dramatic meltdown in the past decade of any NFL team. This week will be very interesting, and i’m sure that I will be back to discuss and report the ongoing drama that is the Washington Redskins.

02
Aug
09

‘Skins Ink Orakpo

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By Ben Linton

After missing the first day of Training Camp in Ashburn, Brian Orakpo was at practice on Saturday after signing in terms to a contract with the Washington Redskins. The first round draft pick, number thirteen overall from Texas, will be used as a defensive end and outside linebacker this year. He will be leaned on to put some pressure on the quarterback, which was an area of issue for the Redskins last year.

With the addition of Albert Hanyesworth in the middle taking on double, maybe even triple teams, Orakpo will be given an opportunity to show what he can do. The Redskins play their first preseason game on August 13th, a week from this Thursday, against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium.




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