2009 Redskins Season Preview: Defensive Line

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Published: July 19, 2009

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When you see most teams drop $100 million on a defensive superstar, followed by spending all but their seventh-round choices on one side of the ball, you would assume poor performance the previous season.

But the team finished fourth overall in team defense last season.

So what’s up?

Simple answer: it all starts up front. While the Skins did clock in at the fourth spot in total yards allowed, they ranked consistently near the bottom of the league in sacks (28th), forced fumbles (26th) and interceptions (17th).

Pressure on the quarterback creates mistakes by way of forced fumbles and interceptions, which keeps your defense off the field and gives your offense more chances.

To that end, the Redskins lured famed QB-hater DT Albert Haynesworth with the now-infamous nine-figure contract from the Tennessee Titans to shore up the front lines. While Haynesworth comes with the reputation for only playing roughly two...

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