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News & Notes: Landry Talks Tackling


As the Redskins' free safety, LaRon Landry views himself as the last line of defense.

In that regard, he has cast a critical eye on himself following last Sunday's 31-17 loss to the Atlanta Falcons.

The Redskins' run defense yielded touchdown runs of 30 and 58 yards to Michael Turner.

On the first touchdown run, Landry appeared to take a bad angle in trying to tackle Turner. On the second, Landry tried to tackle low, but Turner hurdled over him on the way to the end zone.

Landry is not beating himself up over the missed tackles, but he knows he must do a better job.

"We didn't tackle all that great in the game last week, so we have to come out and work hard to get the next guy down," Landry said. "Personally, I did not do a great job...The second touchdown where he hurdled over me--I did not do a great job on that play."

Defensive assistant coach Jerry Gray suggested that the poor tackling by the defense last Sunday may have resulted from the Redskins' time off during the bye week.

Sometimes time away from football creates bad habits and gets a player out of rhythm as a tackler, Gray said.

"I think LaRon is going to be a lot better," Gray said. "The thing you have to do is take a better angle. LaRon is not going to shy away from contact. We have to keep understanding to use the the old wrapping technique when a guy gets into open space. Just get him down."

Big plays have been a problem for the Redskins' run defense this season.

While the defense has allowed 4.2 yards per carry, tied for 17th in the league, the unit is 25th overall in run defense allowing 126.4 yards per game.

Big plays have included a 67-yard run to DeSean Jackson, a 58-yard run to Steven Jackson, a 22-yard run to Ahmad Bradshaw and 17-yard runs by Cadillac Williams and Larry Johnson.

Landry said tackling is mostly about playing with an aggressive attitude.

"It's a personal attitude that you have about yourself," Landry said. "You can be a hitter or a tackler. That's what it's about."

Which is Landry?

"A little bit of both," he said. "I'm a smart tackler, put it that way."

Landry is fourth on the Redskins' defense with 46 tackles. He also has one forced fumble this season.

With Chris Horton placed on injured reserve this week due to ligament damage in his toe, the Redskins have named Reed Doughty the starter again.

Jim Zorn has said that Landry could play more strong safety as well.

That's the position that Landry played when he first entered the NFL as a first-round pick (sixth overall) by the Redskins in 2007.

"In certain packages, I do play strong safety, so I don't understand the big debate about whether I should play strong safety predominantly instead of free," Landry said. "It doesn't matter to me--it's whatever we need to do to get a win."


Jason Campbell participated fully in Thursday's practice. He was limited on Wednesday as he continued to recuperate from a sprained ankle.

Campbell is expected to be available to play in Sunday's game against the Broncos.

"It's all about getting ready for the week," Campbell said on Wednesday. "I'm trying to be smart about [the injury]. I don't want to go out there and do something to re-aggravate the injury or let it get worse as the week goes on. We're trying to keep the inflammation out of it."


As expected, Clinton Portis is not going to play in Sunday's game against the Denver Broncos, Jim Zorn said.

Ladell Betts is expected to start in place of Portis, but Betts has been slowed by an ankle injury.

"I suspect Ladell is going to go," Zorn said. "He was actually looking like he was going to be able to [practice] and pulled back on him."

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