Can a Youth Movement Help the Redskins Defense?

Porous. Manhandled. Steamrolled. Just plain embarrassing. However you choose to describe the Redskins defense of late, the fact of the matter is that they are currently the team’s biggest liability. Through eight games, the Redskins have allowed 2,514 passing yard which is the second most ever in NFL history. For the first few games of the season, our run defense seemed to be the only saving grace for the injury-plagued unit, but on Sunday they let a lackluster Steelers run game run roughshod over them. The defense is in serious trouble and it is time to shake things up.

Amid injuries, suspensions and the league-imposed salary cap hit, the Redskins have been forced to fill key defensive needs with aging and second-tier free agents who would hardly be considered starting-caliber by most average teams. The team has, however, also added depth through both the draft and the acquisition of younger, less experienced free agents. Most of these young players have seen game day action, but few of them are getting the reps they need to both grow in the league and be fully vetted. Let’s go young against Carolina and start evaluating and developing the next generation of our defense. Continue reading at

Article originally written for and published Nov. 1, 2012. 

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