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Good News: Vonnie Holliday’s Production in 2009

Ok, newly signed defensive end Vonnie Holliday is 34 years old.  It’s a given.  And while that may sound like a negative at first,  when you think about the Redskins transitioning to a 3-4 defense and your star right side DE Albert Haynesworth is a big fat question mark heading into the start of OTA’s and the backup plan is a rookie — there is a problem that needs an awfully productive band-aid.  Here in lies the genius of signing the former Packer/Chief/Dolphin/Bronco….  he’s a top NFL 3-4 DE stud, even in a purely limited role.  Check out this ranking from PFF on the top 15 defensive ends ranked in overall production in a 3-4 scheme:

Holliday ranks as the 3rd overall best DE in the NFL — even at age 34 he has a very competitive pass rush ability and run stopping track record…. and I would sincerely hope that he barely ever drops back into coverage so that “1” rating in cover means nothing for this position.  That is a tremendous signing to shore up that D-Line question mark spot on the right side.

As details continue to emerge about this signing, you can be darn sure the Redskins have hedged their bets here on Haynesworth either being a problematic 3-4 DE that remains on the team, or a large vacancy that required adequate filling. Either way, the bases are covered and this is a very smart move that should be applauded.

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