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And Now Orakpo’s Done For 2012

Yesterday’s nightmare is now even worse than previously thought, because Brian Orakpo is out for the season with a torn pectoral muscle. Meaning, the last time he took the field in 2012 was when he was seen without pads, yelling at Josh Morgan from the sideline for being such a dumbass. The image lingers.

Rob Jackson and Chris Wilson will compete to replace him at OLB. Jackson was a seventh-rounder, Wilson went undrafted.

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  1. Kiran

    September 17, 2012 at 3:16 PM

    This is appropriate:

  2. Raven Mack

    September 17, 2012 at 3:24 PM

    This shouldn’t be that big of an issue because the Skins are well known for the great depth they’ve built through the draft at most positions. One guy getting hurt doesn’t affect us like most teams.
    Also, Shanahan is really smart, and he’ll figure out a way to work around this. Plus, Dan Snyder only wants to win, and is willing to spend the money necessary to do so. I’m sure everything will be fine.

  3. skinsaneasylum

    September 17, 2012 at 3:25 PM

    Jim Haslett had better pull his head out of his ass…and fast. What was an up hill battle for our defense this year just got much, much steeper.

    If we can not put consistent pressure on opposing teams QBs via our front 7….our secondary is in for a torching like it got yesterday. If Sam Bradford and Danny Amendola can slice and dice to the tune of 31 pts and 7+ yards per play….I can’t wait to see what Vick, Eli, Romo, Flacco, Big Ben, and Matt Ryan can do throwing to Desean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin, Hakeem Nicks, Victor Cruz, Torey Smith, Boldin, Mike Wallace, Antonio Brown, Julio Jones, and Roddy White…

    In fact, I feel light headed already.

  4. jamiri

    September 17, 2012 at 3:25 PM

    Even more appropriate:

  5. t

    September 17, 2012 at 3:26 PM

    raven mack love your optimism but you are high if you think that rak + carriker + josh wilson concussion will not devastate our defenses ability to compete.

  6. drewtabaga

    September 17, 2012 at 3:27 PM

    My main worry now is that the supporting cast around London Fletcher will frustrate him to the point that he retires at the end of the season.

  7. D.Fox

    September 17, 2012 at 3:29 PM

    T – I believe that’s sarcasm. And great sarcasm at that.

  8. drewtabaga

    September 17, 2012 at 3:33 PM

    I just realized how infuriating it will be when his horrible Geico commercial airs 15 times during every remaining game.

  9. Timboooooooo

    September 17, 2012 at 3:33 PM


  10. skinsaneasylum

    September 17, 2012 at 3:34 PM

    @Raven Mack

    I honestly can’t tell if you are joking/sarcastic with that comment. Either your a Raven fan acting like an ass or your just wildly off base and wrong.

    Chris Wilson and Rob Jackson are decent players, but they are pass rushers and are now at rick of being exploited in run stopping and pass coverage. Losing Orakpo also means that teams can now easily double team Kerrigan wherever he lines up.

    Jenkins and Gholston are also decent depth players, but Jenkins has not returned to the promising form from his rookie year. Its also telling that Gholston got the lion’s share of the reps yesterday and not Jenkins.

    And god forbid if Josh Wilson has to miss even another snap on Sunday. That one is self explanatory.

  11. Jamie Mottram

    September 17, 2012 at 3:36 PM

    I can confirm that Raven Mack was joking, brilliantly.

    Great point, drewtabaga.

  12. TJL

    September 17, 2012 at 3:43 PM

    Haslett for OLB. Either make it work or die trying

  13. A Fine Messi

    September 17, 2012 at 3:53 PM

    i’m surprised Fred Davis’s skull wasn’t fractured on that brutal illegal shot to the dome he took (unflagged).

    Could there a more bi-polar fanbase in sports, by the way? all it took was one week for our early Christmas to be cancelled.

  14. Kiran

    September 17, 2012 at 3:59 PM

    I think this injury deep-sixes our defense because of how vital the player is to the entire scheme.

    Orakpo is key to the Skins’ defense because no one else on the team (not Wilson, not Kerrigan, Jackson) has his explosive ability to consistently generate edge pressure while also not being a liability in shallow zone coverage.

    Too many fans and commentators have pointed to Haslett’s sticking to vanilla zone yesterday as a decision of choice. My armchair theory is that Haslett realized he couldn’t generate the necessary 4 or 5 man pressure post-injuries, and so he stuck to a conservative zone instead of bringing DBs or less talented LBs and exposing the secondary (the true liability of the team) to big plays. A half-second difference in rush makes all the difference in terms of opening up schematic options and masking defensive weaknesses (see Giants).

    I bet we will see more of the same conservative D in the coming weeks, and I bet we have to wait until next year to the sort of successful exotic man-zone blitzes we saw in the Saints game (the key word there being “successful”).

    I hope I’m wrong, but our hope for a winning season is now firmly in the hands of our competent quarterback and youngry offensive skill players.

  15. Prock

    September 17, 2012 at 4:18 PM

    I think it’s safe to say that we will be giving up a lot of points for the rest of the year. If anyone thinks Haslett is a good enough coach to put up a respectable defense without our key players, think again… You might even want to check his team rank – defensive points allowed – stats over the past 10 or so years which is disturbingly bad.

  16. ThisGuy

    September 17, 2012 at 4:27 PM


  17. Beer

    September 17, 2012 at 5:30 PM

    ThisGuy summed up this situation quite nicely with one word. JJ will need to step up as well at DE.

  18. Carlos

    September 17, 2012 at 5:57 PM

    Poor Orakpo. Sux for him.

    I worry about the trap for the skins, which is this might obscure what a lousy defensive coach Haslett is (i.e., by building in an excuse / driving down expectations) and mean we’re stuck with him for more years to come.

    And, yes, this exposes the obvious: depth matters, and the skins under snyder have never had it.

    Fortunately RG3 is still a ton of fun to watch!! More than I can say for any skins team since the first Gibbs era.

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