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Orakpo on beating Oakland: “A huge stepping stone towards moving forward”

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Washington outside linebacker Brian Orakpo said yesterday’s rally in Oakland should help them forget the awful start to their season. The 24-14 win over the Raiders gave the Redskins their first win of the 2013 season and Orakpo believes it also provided momentum.

“This W was a huge stepping stone towards moving forward,” Orakpo told Jim Rome on his radio program. “We can still really come out of this hole we put ourselves in.”

After falling down 14-0 early, Orakpo could tell there was a sense of urgency to pick up that first win.

“We definitely didn’t want to be 0-4,” said the linebacker. “Getting back on a plane 0-4 and have to ride 6 hours back to D.C., that would have really not been good.”

The two-time Pro Bowler said with the entire NFC East struggling, the team believes they’re not out of it, even at 1-3.

“Our division is not doing as well this year,” said Orakpo, whose Redskins are only one game back of leader Dallas. “Even though we’re bottom of the barrel right now, we’re still in the thick of things.

The Redskins linebacker just wishes they were playing Week 5 to keep their momentum going.

“I hate early byes,” Orakpo. “I don’t know why the NFL gives us early byes. But you got to do what the schedule says.”

Orakpo also weighed in on the heat Mack Brown is taking at the University of Texas after starting the season 2-2. The 2008 Lombardi Award winner is confident his former coach will find a way to persevere through these tough times.

“I’ve got the utmost respect and support for Mack Brown,” said Orakpo. “I know he’s going to find a way to get the job done.”

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