LaRon Landry has dealt with endless criticism after a rough 2009 campaign in which the embattled safety came out on the wrong end of big plays routinely.
Landry's misfortunes went hand-in-hand with those of his team, as the Redskins stumbled to a 4-12 record in 2009. The team as whole struggled mightily and Landry was key contributor to the woes on defense.
Opposing offense feasted on the Redskins secondary, largely due to Landry's tendency to bite on double moves. Playing at free safety in former defensive coordinator Greg Blache's read-and-react system, Landry seemed lost in space as he gave up long pass after long pass.
Hitting has always been the dominant aspect to Landry's game. He relishes contact and embraces the "kill shot." Last year his responsibilities at free safety didn't allow him to play his aggressive game and it was apparent the free safety position wasn't Landry's calling in the NFL.
So with the arrival of new defensive coordinator Jim Haslett, Landry was moved back to strong safety, where he could play closer to the line of scrimmage. Everyone held their collective breath, waiting to see if Landry would re-acclimate to a familiar position. After all, a player of Landry's athletic ability doesn't come around often. Landry is a physical specimen, and it would be shame to see his career fade away without fulfilling his potential.
Sunday night against Dallas, Landry put the concerns to bed with a monster 17 tackle performance to lead the defense. He was flying all over the field, making plays, applying pressure, and most importantly, finishing tackles.