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|Posted: Thu Jul 26, 2012 10:07 am Post subject: Q&A with Ryan Kerrigan
|In case you haven't seen this, it's from the Real Redskins site.
Q&A with Ryan Kerrigan
Second-year Redskins linebacker Ryan Kerrigan stopped by the Comcast SportsNet studios last week and talked to us about the upcoming season.
Youíve talked about the need to get more consistent. What specifically do you have to do to accomplish that?
Itís just little things. Itís taking a good pad level every snap, good hand placement. Itís just little things. Not false stepping when Iím coming out of my stance and being able to produce week in and week out.
Are we talking about improving technique, more reps? It is a technical thing, for the most part. Iíve got to really hone in on my skills and techniques throughout training camp and try to get it down to where itís every time, not just a sometimes thing.
There was no offseason program last year, your rookie season, due to the lockout. Do you appreciate the value of the program now that youíve been through it?
I do think that having the offseason is very valuable for rookies coming in, not necessarily from a physical standpoint but from a mental standpoint. Last year we were installing every day during training camp but now weíve installed most of the defense, now weíre just mastering them, weíre not learning them as much a weíre mastering them. Thatís whatís going to be the key for us.
Lou Spanos left his job as LB coach to become the defensive coordinator at UCLA. How are things different under new linebackers coach Bob Slowik?
We all know Lou, and Lou is a heck of a guy and I hope he does well, I know he will, at UCLA. But coach Slowik is a very good coach. I say I need to work on technique, then heís a good coach for me because heís very technically sound, he knows where you need to be and not just knowing what I need to do to do something better but how I need to do it. So thatís big for me and Iím really lucky to have him from that standpoint. Heís coached a lot of really great players and some great defenses so heís a good addition for our linebacker group.
Many have said that the Redskins have one of the very best linebacker corps in the league. Do you guys take pride in that? Absolutely. I think every group will say that they want to be the best but we really, really take pride in it because we feel like with the guys we have coming back, a 15-year guy in London Fletcher, one of the best linebackers to play the game. Brian Orakpo coming off of one side and then Perry Riley, who really played well in the back half of last season. Weíre really excited about the depth, too, with Rob Jackson and Markus White.
How is rookie Keenan Robinson doing?
Heís looking pretty good. What I appreciate out of Keenan is that heís come in and he does extra things. He watches extra film, he does extra things to take care of his body that are not necessarily required of him but it will help him perform better. That will pay off for him down the road if he keeps learning and keeps taking care of himself physically he has a chance to have a long and successful career. I always like to see what a guy does thatís not required of him, what he does on his own that he knows will help himself and will help the team. I see that out of Keenan.
If the offense becomes more dynamic with RG3 at quarterback, will the defense benefit by being able to play with the lead more often?
Whether we have the lead or not we have to perform but when teams have to drop back and throw the ball thatís an ideal situation for not only myself because Iím a pass rusher but for the way our defense is designed, thatís what itís for. So weíre excited about the addition of Griffin because heís the Heisman Trophy winner, he was a heck of a college player. From what Iíve seen throughout OTAís an minicamp, hopefully he can be a heck of a pro, too.
What about going up against RG3 in practice?
It will be tough but I guess it will be good practice for when we play Philly with Michael Vick because heís a heck of a runner, an heck of an athlete but a really great quarterback, too. Not just an athlete, he has a heck of an arm.
Youíll be in your second year playing opposite Brian Orakpo. How do your games compliment each other?
We both attack the passer with different kinds of rushes. Heís a really explosive, really powerful guy and I try to use some power but I use my hands a lot. We both can compliment each other very well and this team is really depending on us this year to step it up.
Are you getting more used to playing linebacker rather than defensive end?
Itís starting to become more natural. Thatís what gets me excited this year because last year was the first year of my whole life I never played with my hand in the dirt. It was tough at first to generate the same kind of power vs. when youíre in a three-point stance. Iím glad that Iíve had OTAís to work on it and perfect it because I feel myself getting better.
Is pass coverage one of the things that is coming more naturally to you?
It is. The way our defense is designed Iím never put in a position where they think Iím in a bad matchup. Itís feeling more natural and Iím feeling more natural in space.