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Redskins blitz package could be 'scary'

In an interview shortly after the Redskins' 13-7 victory in Week 1, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo said he had never seen so many corner blitzes in one game.

And to hear Redskins players tell it, defensive coordinator Jim Haslett is only getting started.

"People see it on the film," outside linebacker Lorenzo Alexander said. "I think in the past, you were able to predict, pretty much, who was coming [on blitzes], and last year it was really just Rak [outside linebacker Brian Orakpo].

"Now, it's corners, safeties, inside linebackers, outside linebackers, so it throws guys off. And since they weren't full strength on the offensive line, you saw them really getting the ball out of Romo's hand real quick. That really helped us as far as slowing them down and not letting them get into rhythm."

The athletic Romo is skilled at avoiding the rush, so Haslett called corner blitzes, partly in an effort to apply as much pressure as possible from the edge. Texans quarterback Matt Schaub is not as skilled at scrambling and extending plays as Romo, so it would not be surprising if the Redskins attempted to apply extra pressure through the middle Sunday at FedEx Field.

The Redskins' defense could be "scary with the way we can dominate when we're all flying around and Has is pushing it the way he does," top cornerback DeAngelo Hall said. "But it's also scary what we could give up on a play if everything isn't just right. So it's all about communicating with each other."

By Jason Reid  |  September 17, 2010; 4:00 PM ET
Categories:  3-4 defense , Jim Haslett  
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I hope they blitz on FIRST second third and fourth down!

Posted by: PlayAction | September 17, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

"But it's also scary what we could give up on a play if everything isn't just right. So it's all about communicating with each other."

I think we all got a visual of that when Miles Austin went for 31 yards in the 2 minute drill late in the 4th Quarter against the Cowboys.

Posted by: psps23 | September 17, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, he's doing well. Plays football and hockey. There's two camps as far as lyme goes. Some doc's say it's curable and some say it's chronic. Guess we're going to find out one way or the other.

Posted by: hessone | September 17, 2010 4:02 PM

Well good luck hess, I think its more chronic...but manageable.

Have a good weekend peeps.

Go skins!

Posted by: PlayAction | September 17, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

beep beep

Posted by: beep-beep | September 17, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Teams are caught up in the newness of Haslett. Just hope unfamiliarity of the Skins schemes can take them far, because once the familiarity of the Skins talent gets measured... who knows...

Posted by: bernard_thompson | September 17, 2010 7:15 PM | Report abuse

"Teams are caught up in the newness of Haslett. Just hope unfamiliarity of the Skins schemes can take them far...Posted by: bernard_thompson"

Haslett unfamiliar? This is the guy who coached the Raiders, Steelers, Saints, and Rams before coming to Washington. Everybody knows what he's going to do, they're just not sure which angle his guys will come from. Comparable to Gregg Williams in that respect.

Posted by: Samson151 | September 17, 2010 8:03 PM | Report abuse

I've been thinking all week that something has been missing, and today I realized what it was.

Very few people (especially in Dallas) have criticized Tony Romo for his role in the last play of the first half. I believe the play called was a Hail Mary, and he converted it into a shovel pass/lateral instead of just falling down when he was under pressure.

Imagine if this were Jason Campbell or Kevin Kolb- they would be skewered! Instead, both Wade Phillips and Jason Garrett have taken the fall, and protected their QB from criticism.


Posted by: supattapone | September 17, 2010 8:04 PM | Report abuse

It p!$$e$ me off that everyone keeps saying that the skins didnt win that game, but that the buttboys lost it!!! Cant anyone give any respect to our defense that made them look like baffoons??? If it werent for all those holding calls, Orakpo would have had at least 3 sacks!!! Our D was flying around!!! screw the cowboys and the horses they rode in on!!! HAIL!!!

Posted by: goskinsgo1 | September 17, 2010 9:26 PM | Report abuse

"But it's also scary what we could give up on a play if everything isn't just right. So it's all about communicating with each other."

Is it me or does DHall have a team of PR writers now? He has never come across as mature or modest in his quotes. But this season I am constantly taken aback by his ability to show both sides of things He has been quick to defend teammates and his system. I agree the D could be scary and I hope he continues his great play and leadership.

Posted by: Beggarsandthieves | September 18, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Anything is an upgrade over Mr. Greg "Play Soft & NEVER blitz" Blache. Good to have a Greg Williams type in there again that knows ANY player on the defense is capable of getting to the QB. Remember Matt Bowen?
PS: Why is Mike Sellars still on this team???

Posted by: lszovati | September 18, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Rocky McIntosh looks real good in Haslett's 3-4. Texans are better than the Cowboys though - Skins gimicky defense will be exposed

Posted by: coparker5 | September 18, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

carter has got to be taken off the field . He is not a olber not in a million years & the cut back is gonna get him on the bench !

Posted by: terryreece | September 18, 2010 8:10 PM | Report abuse

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