ASHBURN, Va. — The comparison isn’t even the 1 Washington Redskins linebacker Ryan Kerrigan wanted to hear, but his team mates wanted to talk about the truth. Several Redskins were at the living room talking Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry. So they used Kerrigan.
“It’S-like you personally,” they told him“however maybe even a little bigger, running the chunk. ”
Kerrigan happens to become 6-foot-4 and 259 pounds. Henry isn’t quite that big, however in the 6-foot-3 and 247, ” he ’S-A fairly big load. For the Redskins to keep their pursuit for the playoffs, they must slow Henry, some thing that has been hard to do lately. Of course Henry’s 882 racing yards this past season, 408 have come the last two weeks. He has carried the ball a combined 50 times; he’d 138 carries the initial 12 games.
“he ’s a monster,” Kerrigan stated. “he ’s playing at a high stage. He’s a huge guy who can break off the runs. It’ll become a tough week for sure. ”
Many Redskins know better than others, notably rookie linebacker Shaun Dion Hamilton, that played Henry for two years at Alabama. Four additional Redskins defenders played him in college as well, including starting linemen Jonathan Allen and Daron Payne and safety Haha Clinton-Dix.
“he ’s a guy you would like to gang-tackle because he’so large,” Hamilton said. “We met in the hole a few times [in practice]. He’s a major guy. … he ’S-A more slender guy than I am, therefore in football, it’s all about leverage, therefore the low guy’s gont win. ”
Henry’s rushing numbers weren’t impressive the initial 13 weeks, together with 474 yards and also a 3.7-yard average per carry.
In the first seven matches, the Redskins’ defense enabled 3.84 yards per carry and 80.1 yards per game. In the next seven matches, they enabled 5.2 yards per play and 153 yards per game. They actually had an improved showing against Jacksonville,” though the numbers aren’t even reflective. The Jaguars rushed for 172 yards, but 68 were away quarterback scrambles, and another 20 came to a jet sweep to your receiver.
A few Redskins players said that a Friday interview in that every defensive group engaged was a help. Often on Fridays, the line and linebackers will watch film together to share run fits. This time, the secondary was there as well. They proceeded over two of their Jaguars’ string in a preceding game to discuss how they’d handle such plays.
A week earlier, the ny Giants rushed for 227 yards, finding huge cutback lanes thanks partly to botched missions by Washington. The Redskins hit wrong gaps, missed tackles and neglected to eliminate blocks.
“We stumbled down and ironed everything out. ‘okay, when I do this look, I’ll go inside and try to beat himand then I ’ve got your back,’” Foster said. “That’s that which we’ve already been doing all year, however we have to get locked in.”
“It really helps & ” Kerrigan said, “because it provides guys a sense of,” ‘fine, I know what we’re going to accomplish on this goal line playwith. ’ In case we understand this certain look in third down, and so they make in’trips speed,’ how are they really gont play exactly the policy in the rear end? It can help in that end. ”
According to ESPN Stats & Information, the Redskins let 1.05 yards per carry after first-contact — their second-lowest ordinary of this season.
They secured gaps much better than in prior weeks. The defensive backs are somewhat consistent as well. On one play, corner back Fabian Moreau shut a gap with a competitive load. Other times, it had been the defensive line’s dominance that mattered most. The Redskins’ run defense works better once the line is able to shed cubes. They frequently draw in double-teams, that ought to make life easier for the back seven. Nevertheless they were inconsistent against the run.
They want a strong showing Saturday. That frequently prevents linebackers from being aggressive in filling gaps. This could lead to issues. Nevertheless they first must stop Henry, that won college football’s highest award three years ago.
“He & ’s extremely talented,” Foster said. “You get yourself a massive guy like that working hard at the middle of December, which ’s the kind of football it’s definitely going to be: physical. All of us is built for that. … & We ’re prepared for it. ”