Brian Orakpo was expected by many to break out in a big way in 2012, but then he went down with a torn pectoral muscle very early in the year and was forced to watch from the sideline as the Redskins went on an amazing run to win the division for the first time this century. Orakpo says he’s healthy now, and he expects more big things from the ‘Skins in 2013.
Brian Orakpo joined Holden and Danny on 106.7 The Fan in Washington, D.C., to discuss his rehabilitation from a torn pectoral muscle, his history with pectoral injuries, the team’s late-season run in 2012 and the state of the defense.
On how he feels after missing virtually all of the 2012 season due to a torn pectoral muscle:
“I’m good, man. Ready to rock and roll. Body’s feeling great. I’ve been working extremely hard, grinding extremely hard, ever since I went down in early September, and I’m way ahead of where I needed to be and I’m ready to go.”
On having recurring pectoral issues last year at this time:
“We took every precaution to make it through the 16 games, but obviously it’s something that was detrimental to my body, as far as to keep re-injuring it like I was doing in OTAs and like I was doing in the preseason, training camp. … So we just did every precaution to hold me out and then once the season [started] I was gonna go ahead and go full-steam. But eventually my body couldn’t hold up, and that was the most disappointing thing. But luckily I’m healed up and ready to go.
On the team’s unexpected late-season playoff run in 2012:
“The locker room was united once we knew our backs were extremely against the wall. We had all doubters from all over the place. Even family was doubting us, everybody. My own mother said we weren’t going to make the playoffs, like, she didn’t believe it because it was such a hard feat to overcome. It was playoff mode once we came out of that bye and we all believed that and we just kept rolling, and guys was just buying into it.”
On this defense:
“If we just eliminate the big play — that was our downfall, giving up so many huge plays. But we were top 10 in a lot of categories. … If we just eliminate the big plays in the passing game then I think we’ll be right up there as far as being one of the top defenses in the league.”