Linebacker Brian Orakpo’s game is predicated on his ability to rush the passer and create havoc in the backfield.
But the Redskins’s recent struggle to stop the run and force third-and-long situations has diminished Orakpo’s opportunities to get to the quarterback. Orakpo is hoping that the “Miami Plan,” which kept him quiet last week, isn’t used again.
“I hope not, man, I hope not,” he said. “I hope they don’t get in formations where they run it all day, because that’s not my strength, obviously. But I do what I can, obviously. A guy like myself, a guy like Kerrigan–we do what we’re asked to do, we’re very coachable guys–but at the same time, we wanna rush the passer, we wanna get after him.”
And Orakpo really needs to “get after him.” In his career, he’s played the Cowboys in five games, with zero career sacks. Against all divisional opponents in his career, he has only one-half sack.
The way that the defense can do that is to stop the run and force the opposing offense to become one-dimensional.
“We have to stop the run on first and second down. If we in coverage, we need to make sure we’re tight on our coverages,” he said. “Y’know, we’re not complaining about our coverages, but once we get in those third-and-longs, we wanna get after it.”
Hear Orakpo’s thoughts on scoring on defense and a win over the Cowboys, below:
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