It looks like the Redskins are halfway to their defensive goals of getting more sacks and creating more turnovers.
While preseason stats need to be taken with a large grain of salt, they show that the Redskins are doing pretty well in the sacks department. In three games they have nine sacks. Ryan Kerrigan has three, while fellow outside linebackers Brian Orakpo and Trent Murphy have one each. Jason Hatcher, who was brought in as a free agent to provide some pass rush from the defensive line, made his preseason debut against the Ravens on Saturday and picked up a sack in just 17 snaps of work.
However, the other part of the defensive formula for success has yet to appear. The added pass pressure is designed not only to create sacks but to force turnovers as well. They have forced four fumbles and have recovered just two with both of those takeaways coming long after the starters had hit the bench and removed their pads. Washington has no interceptions.
The defense had better be ready to go. The Redskins’ starting offense did not score a touchdown in the preseason and defense and special teams may have to carry the team for a good chunk of the season while Robert Griffin III adjusts to Jay Gruden’s offense.
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