Even when the Redskins face a team that is worse off record-wise, they face a challenging offense.
Miami is 1-7 but features receiver Brandon Marshall and running back Reggie Bush.
The Dolphins havent been able to score (25th in the league at 17.2 points per game), but the veterans have put up decent numbers Marshall has 46 catches for 644 yards and two touchdowns and Bush is averaging 4.9 yards per carry and has 24 receptions.
Marshall has ties to coach Mike Shanahan he was drafted by Denver in 2006 and had two 100-catch seasons for Shanahan.
Anytime you have a guy that big (6'-4'', 229), that physical, can run that good, can catch every ball you throw, hes going to be a tough cover, cornerback DeAngelo Hall said. But were going to try to get our hands on him and be as physical with him as hes trying to be.
Marshall clearly is a priority for the Dolphins to get involved he has 18 more catches than any other Miami player.
He has great run after the catch ability, Redskins cornerback Josh Wilson said. If youve got somebody whos catching the ball and making plays, thats a winning formula so why not keep doing it?
Bush, acquired from New Orleans in a trade, has rushed for 198 yards in the last two games but isnt just a running back.
Last week, they used him all over the place, Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett said. He was out wide, they tried to get him the ball in space and hes obviously an excellent running back. Theyre doing a good job of spreading out and using him as a little bit of an-everything player.
Said Miami quarterback Matt Moore: Theres been some plays that a lot of people wouldnt think are there and Reggie kind of squirts through and it turns into 20, 25 yards or whatever.
Safety Shake-Up Possible
Haslett said if safeties LaRon Landry (Achilles) and O.J. Atogwe (kneetoe) cant play against the Dolphins, he would start Reed Doughty and DeJon Gomes. That would mean Kareem Moore would likely be added to the roster.
Gomes has played only two defensive snaps (both against Carolina) this year.
You really learn the whole secondary just so you know what everybody is doing, Gomes said. You can go in there and excel.
Gomes said hes become more comfortable with the Redskins defense.
Anytime you can get 10 weeks of practice, youre going to get that much more experienced and get knowledge from your teammates and coaches, he said. Ill be a lot more ready than if I was called upon in Week 1.
Taylor Remembers 2008
Veteran linebacker Jason Taylor, now in his third stint with Miami, played for the Redskins in 2008 when the front office panicked during training camp after Phillip Daniels knee injury.
It was different. It was interesting, Taylor said. It was kind of a whirlwind and obviously my first time being away from Miami. It was a big transition for me.
Taylor spent one year with the Redskins, returned to Miami in 2009, played for the Jets last year and is now back with Miami.
I dont anticipate playing again, but who knows? Taylor said. Im playing every game like its my last one, lets put it that way.
The Redskins play Dallas next week and Haslett has already talked to running back Tashard Choice, who was claimed off waivers from the Cowboys.
I think hes a good football player, Haslett said. Hes solid, he can catch the ball, hes a good running back and what little time Ive spent with him talking about Dallas, hes smart and understands the game. Hes a good pick up for us.
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