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Kerrigan getting 'hit, banged, chipped'

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Kerrigan getting 'hit, banged, chipped'

Percy Harvin wasn't all Jim Haslett discussed Thursday afternoon. The defensive coordinator touched on a number of other subjects, ranging from the team's lackluster pass rush to Ryan Kerrigan.

--Without two-time Pro Bowl linebacker Brian Orakpo on the opposite side, Haslett said Kerrigan is attracting significantly more attention. Kerrigan has begun to adjust, Haslett added, but must continue to work at beating the double teams and chips.

“He just has to understand that right now he’s getting chipped, banged, hit,” Haslett said. “Last week we moved him to one side [and] they flipped it back to the other side. They were following him around. He’s just going to have to find ways to beat" it.

--Conventional wisdom suggests that the Redskins’ offense didn’t do enough to help the defense against the Falcons, but Haslett acknowledged that his unit shares some of the blame for being on the field for a whopping 81 snaps last week.

“We were on the field too much,” he said. “We did it to ourselves. First drive of the game, we didn’t get off on a third down. We should have had a stop, but they extended the drive another eight or nine plays. We have to get off the field in those situations.”

--One of the Redskins’ biggest deficiencies on defense has been the lack of a consistent pass rush. And although Haslett stopped short of calling out players by name, he did mention that Chris Wilson, Rob Jackson and Jarvis Jenkins must find their way into the backfield more often. Wilson and Jackson saw a spike in their playing time when Orakpo was lost for the season and Jenkins replaced Adam Carriker, who also is sidelined until 2013.

--Speaking of Jenkins, Haslett praised the second-year defensive lineman for his performance against the ground game. Jenkins has seven tackles in thee games. “He’s played exceptional against the run,” Haslett said.

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Redskins are keeping Greg Manusky, and they swear it's not because the other guys said no

Redskins are keeping Greg Manusky, and they swear it's not because the other guys said no

In the weeks since the 2018 season ended, the Redskins have had various levels of contact with Todd Bowles, Steve Wilks and Gregg Williams.

All three men have extensive experience as defensive coordinators and all three men got new jobs already this offseason in that position. 

Now, after Bowles, Wilks and Williams picked up those new jobs, The Washington Post reported that the Redskins will keep Greg Manusky as defensive coorinator. He's already under contract. 

The meetings with all the other guys? A source told the Post that the Redskins wanted to get "different perspectives" on improving the defense for 2019.

Different perspectives. From the three hottest coordinator names on the coaching market. Sure. 

That said, Manusky is not the sole reason the Redskins fell apart in the second half of the 2018 season. In fact, he's probably not in the Top 5 reasons. 

The Washington defense improved in Manusky's second season as defensive coordinator and looked like a fierce unit in the first half of the year. The team made tremendous strides in rush defense and proved to be quite good at forcing turnovers.

Late in the season, verbal spats with safety DJ Swearinger might have undermined Manusky's status with the defense. But the team decided to release Swearinger, cementing the coach's authority. It also helped that emerging leader Jonathan Allen came out and vocally supported Manusky and his defensive schemes. 

At this point, the Redskins have no choice but to say the team was keeping Manusky all along.

If the organization was interested in other candidates at defensive coordinator, and it sure seemed like they were, those guys found other jobs. The marketplace isn't packed with other candidates with brighter resumes to replace Manusky, so the team is smart to bring back the incumbent. 

The process was awkward, regardless of what gets said now. Manusky is a professional, and has been coaching in the NFL for more than a decade. He understands how business gets done. 

Now, Manusky will be back, and there is good young talent on the Redskins defense, especially up front. 

The guess here is Manusky will say he always expected to be back and never stopped working on getting better for 2019. Now he gets the chance to show it. 

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You're going to love Chris Thompson's story about the time he first met Adrian Peterson

You're going to love Chris Thompson's story about the time he first met Adrian Peterson

Chris Thompson is an accomplished player in the NFL. Despite being a fifth round pick, Thompson has made it to a second contract, something more than half of the league never does. 

In six seasons with the Redskins, Thompson has nearly 2,500 yards from scrimmage and 15 touchdowns. At times, he's been among the best third down backs in the NFL. 

This is a long way of establishing that Chris Thompson is an accomplised football player. Redskins fans know that.

Adrian Peterson didn't. 

Not many people would share that story, so good for Thompson for doing it. Let's add that Peterson joined the Redskins after offseason workouts and training camp, the normal time for new players to get to know each other. Peterson signed up with the Redskins in the middle of August, well after the regular get-to-know-you period had closed. 

Still, that's a tough break for Thompson. 

Peterson is a legend in the NFL, one of the best running backs to ever play the game. When he joined the Redskins, a number of players watched him work in practice with the hint of awe in their eyes. He proved to be a great teammate and a strong presence in the locker room.

By the end of the year, Peterson was obviously a leader for the Redskins. Players looked up to him, even if he didn't know their name when the year started.

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