Redskins aimed to upgrade pass rush

Redskins aimed to upgrade pass rush
November 29, 2012, 4:30 pm
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Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan acknowledged Thursday that the team attempted to upgrade its pass rush when it put in a waiver claim on Jason Babin. 

Babin was cut by Philadelphia on Wednesday, with the Eagles mired in a seven-game losing streak and seeking to get younger. The 32-year-old defensive end ranked third in the NFL last season with 18 sacks but had only 5.5 when Andy Reid called to release him.

“Since he’s not with us, and on another football team, I’ll just let that go,” Shanahan said. “But we thought enough about him to put a claim in. He’s an excellent pass rusher.”

The Redskins’ pass rush has struggled since losing linebacker Brian Orakpo and defensive end Adam Carriker in Week 2. Through 11 games, the unit ranks 26th in the NFL with 20 sacks – 17 behind the league-leading Broncos.

The Bills and Jaguars also put in claims on Babin; he was awarded to Jacksonville.

While it’s unclear how Babin, who hasn’t played in a 3-4 scheme like Washington’s since 2005, Shanahan said Babin’s reputation was a major selling point for him.

“Everyone knows what he’s done,” Shanahan said. “I know a number of guys that know him quite well, so we put a claim on him. But we didn’t get him.”