So far watching this playoff game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Baltimore Ravens, I can't help but think about the how well these two defenses are playing. What makes it more interesting, if you're a Redskins fan, is that these two teams run a 3-4 scheme, the one fans love to hate.
Ah, to this is what this scheme is supposed to look like. Getting consistent pressure, creating turnovers, and limiting opposing offenses to as few yards as possible.
Both teams have key parts on their defenses that will be free agents at the end of the year. While it may not be likely that those teams will let these players go, if they are indeed available, the Redskins may want to swoop in and take advantage.
The key defensive free agent this year on the Ravens is Haloti Ngata. The guy is just a stud. Gets good pressure on the quarterback, can space eat with the best of them, and can get in the backfield to tackle ball carriers. He's everything the Redskins would want in a defensive lineman. If he was signed he'd be the best defensive lineman on the roster immediately. The Ravens are unlikely to let Ngata walk, so we'll see. But if they do, he should be coveted by many teams, Redskins included.
The other bigtime free agent playing in this game is linebacker Tamba Hali. Hali has shown he can be an effective outside linebacker in the 3-4, and in 2010 he has had a standout season. He had 15 sacks this season, and is 27 years old, the prime of his career. Will the Chiefs allow Hali to walk? It'll be a tough decision, but GM Scott Pioli knows what he's doing. If Hali asks for too much, they may let him walk. If that's the case, I wouldn't be surprised if Redskins One paid Tamba a visit.