Another frustrating defeat left the Washington Redskins with a feeling of disgust after a 38-20 loss to the Green Bay Packers this Sunday afternoon. The Packers moved the ball at will from start to finish, a sight all to familiar to the Redskins faithful. The secondary got picked apart and the defensive line and linebackers were pushed around. Leaving Defensive Coordinator Jim Haslett and his counterparts wondering where to begin with this year’s defense.
One of the concerning aspects regarding the Redskins poor performances on defense is that the players are largely the same group from last year. In fact, Washington added a major talent in Brian Orakpo who missed last year due to injury. In 2012 the Redskins defense ranked fifth in the league in total defense. Suddenly, they look like one of the poorest units in football.
First we will start with the secondary, which gave up 480 passing yards to Aaron Rodgers and company today. So far, the loss of Brandon Meriweather at Strong Safety has been crucial as well as the struggles of rookie Bacarri Rambo at Free Safety. With the injuries of Meriweather and the poor play from Rambo, a great deal of pressure has been placed on Cornerbacks DeAngelo Hall and Josh Wilson. Not having faith in the guys behind you can cause multiple issues for aggressive corners, especially a big play hunter like Hall.
It is much easier to have a since of positivity regarding the front seven. The talent is clearly there, and once these seven develop chemistry, it is likely that they will return to old form. However, if they struggle to rush the passer, the secondary may get picked apart. In a league that is beginning to rely more and more on the pass, a strong secondary is critical and the only way to hide the secondary is to put intense pressure on the Quarterback.
Where the Washington defense goes from here is unknown. But on the bright side, the frustrating 0-2 start still only puts them one game out of the division lead as know NFC East team is better than 1-1. The division figures to be up for grabs for multiple of these teams as the season progresses and a few weeks can go a long way. Hopefully, the Redskins improve steadily and put themselves in playoff contention at the end of the year.