Ryan Kerrigan’s increasing impact for the Redskins is no fluke
17, 1999 at Arizona. Kerrigan not only broke a tie Sunday, but his score gave the Redskins an emotional advantage they refused to cede the rest of the game. The Giants managed only 102 yards of offense in the second half and never scored. To come out, to finally have a lead against this football team they’re a different team playing from behind, said linebacker London Fletcher, who had experienced six straight losses to the Giants. It felt good to play with a lead. Defensive players know just how delicately momentum weighed in the balance. If Manning had completed the pass, only cornerback DeAngelo Hall would have been between Nicks and the end zone. He has great awareness for a big guy, linebacker Brian Orakpo said of Kerrigan. He made a great play, got to score a touchdown, and thats all she wrote. For Kerrigan, the play offered quick validation for his spot in the defense and in the NFL.
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He produced a similar highlight-tape turnover against the Steelers, returning a Ben Roethlisberger pass 22 yards for a score. Listed at 6 feet 4 and 260 pounds, Kerrigan is a big man who had to learn to become a cover guy. Fortunately for Kerrigan and the Redskins, hes a quick study. From the moment the teams No. 1 draft choice in 2011 arrived at Redskins Park, Kerrigan has been known for three things: work ethic, intelligence and inquisitiveness. Former Redskins linebacker Lorenzo Alexander once told me that Kerrigan asks more astute questions in a day than some players come up with in a season. Defensive coordinator Jim Haslett expects Kerrigan to contribute good ideas to whatever topic is being discussed. Kerrigan is always thinking about what comes next. Combined with his interest in film study, Kerrigan is an outstanding student who has learned well from his teachers.
Ryan Kerrigan Poses as Reporter, Asks Fans About Ryan Kerrigan
Drafted by Washington 16thoverall and converted to a linebacker asked to blitz out of a two-point stance, Kerrigan made a relatively smooth transition and last season reached his first Pro Bowl after recording 8.5 sacks. Although he has returned to his roots in a sense, this new role in the special pass-rushing package presents new challenges for Kerrigan. Both as a defensive end and linebacker, Kerrigan generally rushed off the edge, and only occasionally dips inside to throw off opponent as he works to get into the backfield. The new role has required Kerrigan to diversify his pass-rushing techniques and mind-set. Its just making sure youre collapsing the pocket, whether youre getting a good rush or not, just making sure youre staying in your rush lane so if one of the ends, or [Stephen] Bowen or Barry [Cofield], or whoever the other tackle is, is having a good rush so the quarterback doesnt have anywhere to step up into. Kerrigan added: You use your hands just as much, especially inside. But if you dont get to the quarterback, you more want to get off the block and get your hands up because the passes are usually coming in the guard and center area.
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However, he has quietly turned into a solid defensive force for Washington. Selected in the first round by the Redskins in 2011, Kerrigan has already recorded 16 sacks. He also has two career interceptions, returning them both for touchdowns. Yes, its only a two-year sample size. But considering that Washingtons performance on defense could be dismal at times in 2012, they need any big play they can get on defense. But I digress. Kerrigan kept up with his recent tradition of turning interception returns into touchdowns during the 2013 NFL preseason.
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“Got a few new Twitter followers out of it,” Kerrigan said in a phone interview Friday. “And my friends have definitely told me every time they’ve seen it on the Top 10 plays, so that’s exciting.” [+] Enlarge AP Photo/Cliff Owen Ryan Kerrigan said that he feels he can be a focal point in the Redskins’ 3-4 defensive scheme. Kerrigan said he’d dreamed, of course, about scoring an NFL touchdown. But since he never found the end zone as a collegiate defensive end at Purdue, it seemed inconceivable that he’d do it in his first game. For a guy making the sometimes difficult transition from end to linebacker with only a month’s worth of NFL practices before the regular season began, it was a thrilling moment. It didn’t mean he’d solved anything, though. The Redskins’ 3-4 defense is suited to take immediate advantage of Kerrigan’s raw skills as a pass-rusher, and playing outside linebacker opposite Brian Orakpo puts Kerrigan in position to pile up sacks and big plays.
Ryan Kerrigan gets back to work
Most players hate it, because you’re coming back from vacation and re-entering the world of conditioning and hard work smack dab in the middle of summer. But it’s great for fans who get to come watch some top-notch football free of charge while enjoying a day in the sun, and it also offers up some fun moments. You get some good old-fashioned rookie hazing, as we saw with Ross Rasner in Denver earlier this week, and those rare, cherished moments in which you’re reminded that these superstars are just like us. For example: Ice creeeaaam! The ice cream man is coming ! The guys at WashingtonRedskins.com also decided to have some fun when Mike Shanahan gave the players a day off on Sunday. Ryan Kerrigan might have led the ‘Skins in sacks last season, but the 24-year-old is still rising and clearly isn’t the most recognizable man on the roster just yet. So Kerrigan hit the streets of Richmond, Va., where the Redskins are holding camp for the first time, and posed as a reporter. In the process, his ego took a bit of a shot from one local kid before a rather serendipitous moment with a friendly blonde caused sparks to fly. Here’s video of Kerrigan on the street, courtesy of the team’s website: That would be a sick “how I met your mother” story. Kudos to Kerrigan for his acting/reporting chops. The dude has plenty of big years ahead of him on the field, but it looks like he might have a future holding a mic, too. However, he could have quite a lot of competition on the roster, because we continue to discover that this team is loaded up with funny, outgoing and downright cool guys.
Those who would like the sack totals to be higher miss the point. Kerrigan could launch himself after the quarterback on every play and possibly get more sacks. But what jumps out when you watch him is that he makes good decisions. Sometimes, instead of overpursuing, he’ll hold back and bat down a pass, or wrestle a running back to the ground. The Redskins’ defensive scheme sometimes asks Kerrigan to play in coverage, which is an area of his game that doesn’t come naturally but has improved since his arrival. Basically, as simple as it sounds, the Redskins want Kerrigan to create chaos in his portion of the field.
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This is why playoff competition is the NFLs best product, as every player is at his optimal level of focus and the play shows on the field. Unequivocally option number two will describe how the Redskins will respond to Pierres words. Expect a fire to be lit under the Redskins, in particular look for left tackle Trent Williams to have his very best game as a professional. Make no mistake about it; Trent Williams, who is performing at a probowl level this season, will be inspired to play because of Pierres comments, and subsequently will be bringing his A game to New York this week. If Trent Williams can dominate Jason Pierre-Paul, that will be significant in helping Robert Griffin lead the burgundy and gold to a curly W. However the battle between Pierre-Paul and Trent Williams, may take a backseat to another key matchup on the line that will have a bigger impact on the game. If the Washington Redskins are to defeat the New York Giants, they must make Eli Mannings day as miserable as they possibly can. The Redskins secondary will be diced up like pineapple if pressure is not applied to Eli Manning. Therefore the key to the Redskins winning will not be in the hands of Trent Williams, but will be in the hands of Ryan Kerrigan.