While Greg Hardy was playing for a potential big bonus had he gotten two sacks on Sunday, Redskins tackle
While the Dallas Cowboys as a team had almost nothing to play for on Sunday against the Washington Redskins, embattled defensive end Greg Hardy had a potential substantial bonus had he recorded two sacks before the day was over.
The man who stopped him: Ty Nsekhe, who was making just his second career start, in place of
“I think I did all right,” Nsekhe told CSN Mid-Atlantic. “I’ve got to go back and look at the film, you know, you can never think that you did great. When you think you did great, there are some things you can correct. When you think you did poorly, there some things that you did great; so look at the film and we’ll tell by then.”
Nsekhe admitted that at first he didn’t know that Hardy was in line for a reported $500,000 bonus had he reached eight total sacks on the season.
“Coach [Bill] Callahan did notify me of that on Friday and said, you know, ‘Go ahead and don’t let him get that bonus on you,’” Nsekhe said. “So that was good motivation for me.”
Nsekhe was making his second start in place of Williams, who was named to his fourth Pro Bowl this season.
Williams has been dealing with knee and foot injuries, and with the Redskins locked into the No. 4 seed in the NFC and the 2010 first-round pick capable of playing at an elite level even after a week off, they decided rest was the best plan of action for him.
For Nsekhe, a 6-foot-8, 235-pound Texas State product, Williams has been among the most supportive and knowledgeable teammates for him.
One of the key’s to Nsekhe’s growth -- many projected him to not even make the roster -- this season has been his ability to better read what defenses are throwing at him and how specifically players start to grow tendencies.
“At the end of the day it’s just another number I’m going against,” Nsekhe said. “So, you know, if I just stay fundamentally sound and do my job good things happen.”
Nsekhe’s role will go back to being an extra blocker in the team’s “giant” package, but as the Redskins approach Sunday’s Wild Card Round game against the Green Bay Packers, the tackle believes Washington is in a good position to make a run.
“We’re peaking at the right time,” Nsekhe said. “You know, going in hot on a four-game winning streak, so hopefully when we get in the tournament we’ll see what happens.”