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Jim Haslett adapts the defense to Albert Haynesworth

Defensive coordinator Jim Haslett played a key part in developing a role for Pro Bowl tackle Albert Haynesworth, who fared poorly in the Redskins' base 3-4 defense.

Haslett believed Haynesworth still could help the Redskins despite his lack of success in the 3-4, and he kept working to help make it happen.

"Trying to get him to do the 3-4 stuff was trying to get a square peg into a round hole. We were trying to force the issue," Haslett said. "Obviously, it hasn't worked out the way we would like. I still think he can do it, 'cause he's a good athlete and he is athletic and tough enough to do it. I think he just needs more time doing it.

"Obviously, we're trying to take advantage of what he does best, we're trying to win some games, so we've been using him in certain situations. We've come up with certain, I don't want to say certain packages for him, but certain things like short-yardage, goal line and nickel and some other stuff. We put [in] some other packages, we use 'em just to take advantage of what he does best."

Redskins coaches aren't admitting defeat in modifying Haynesworth's role, Haslett said. They're just being good coaches.

"The good coaches in the league are smart enough to know that you try to get a guy to fit the system, but there's no reason why you can't change the system to fit the guy," Haslett said. "If you've got a good football player, try to get him on the field and use him.

"Albert's obviously a good football player, so we're gonna try to get as much as we can out of him within the confines of the system. We had to change some things, and, obviously, him being on and off and not playing that kind of set us back a little bit. I think he's on pace now and we'll kind of go from here."

Although Haslett has modified things in an effort to get more from Haynesworth, "he can do anything he wants to do," Haslett said. "He's just got to want to do it. You guys [reporters] been around Albert.

"He's athletic, he's big enough, it's more of a mindset than anything. Is it what he does best, if it was 3-4? Probably not. But it doesn't mean he can't do it."

By Jason Reid  | October 28, 2010; 5:34 PM ET
Categories:  Albert Haynesworth  
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Comments

feels like pre-season with all the Haynesworth posts

Posted by: COskins | October 28, 2010 5:37 PM | Report abuse

You're right...Jarmon was fined for what was essentially a chest bump on Aaron Rodgers...sh!ts out of control

Posted by: jcnjcnj | October 28, 2010 5:51 PM

Jarmon was fined because the Packers did a good job of selling Aaron's concussion was caused by that hit. That nonsense was thrown out immediately to avoid any problems with the fact that they sent a concussed Rogers out on the field.

Posted by: Curzon417 | October 28, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Jarmon was fined because the Packers did a good job of selling Aaron's concussion was caused by that hit. That nonsense was thrown out immediately to avoid any problems with the fact that they sent a concussed Rogers out on the field.

Posted by: Curzon417 | October 28, 2010 5:56 PM
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the cover up...now that's CYA

Posted by: jcnjcnj | October 28, 2010 6:04 PM | Report abuse

I know this is talking to the choir, but why is this rag not able to do a post like the one I am linking to. And this is from one of the biggest girls fans out there. Guess the WaPo hates the Skins more than cowboy's fans do.

Anywho....


Orakpo proudly told me that he did well enough in interception drills that he's considered asking Shanahan to use him in goal-line situations -- as a receiver. And considering the Skins' depth at that position, maybe it's something the coaches should look into.

http://espn.go.com/blog/nfceast/post/_/id/20645/high-turnover-rate-fueling-redskins-d


Oh, and why can MM get Orakpo on the phone and JReid can't?

Posted by: Curzon417 | October 28, 2010 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully St. Louis was a wake up call for Shanahan about how this team handles opponents with worse records on paper.

Posted by: BrooklynSkins | October 28, 2010 7:35 PM | Report abuse

It's about time, re: Big Al. Isn't that what good coaches do--adapt their scheme to ft their personnel?

Posted by: nyskinsdiehard | October 28, 2010 8:08 PM | Report abuse

@nyskinsdiehard,
Could not have said it better myself.Hail!

Posted by: vexed50verizonnet | October 28, 2010 8:36 PM | Report abuse

Nice of the coaches to finally wake up and use talent to its best advantage. Put the best collection of playmakers on the field, in the spots they're best suited for, and let 'em rock.

A major change in defensive or offensive scheme doesn't happen until you have the right players to fit. Sports aren't played on a chalk board.

Posted by: pyrotech | October 29, 2010 5:57 AM | Report abuse

The DEFENSIVE coach Stinks! If it took him this long to realize something so obvious and implement it then he is worthless. The STATS prove it.

Posted by: mmagua | October 30, 2010 8:14 AM | Report abuse

The DEFENSIVE coach Stinks! If it took him this long to realize something so obvious and implement it then he is worthless. The STATS prove it.

Posted by: mmagua | October 30, 2010 8:15 AM | Report abuse

The DEFENSIVE coach Stinks! If it took him this long to realize something so obvious and implement it then he is worthless. The STATS prove it.

Posted by: mmagua | October 30, 2010 8:15 AM | Report abuse

Looks like they've finally found common ground. Wrote about it on my blog..

http://briancarroccio.blogspot.com/2010/10/has-cold-war-ended.html

Posted by: bricarr2 | October 30, 2010 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Albert should be out there 90% of the plays. He is a huge force no matter where he lines up. It is the 3-4 scheme which is awry. I'd get rid of Haslett and bring on Haynesworth if I were the GM. There is only one reason our defense went from a top ten team to the bottom of the barrel; it's the 3-4 and the cream puff secondary who plays 5 yards off the receivers.

Posted by: jighazelton | October 31, 2010 8:42 AM | Report abuse

Albert should be out there 90% of the plays. He is a huge force no matter where he lines up. It is the 3-4 scheme which is awry. I'd get rid of Haslett and bring on Haynesworth if I were the GM. There is only one reason our defense went from a top ten team to the bottom of the barrel; it's the 3-4 and the cream puff secondary who plays 5 yards off the receivers.

Posted by: jighazelton | October 31, 2010 8:42 AM | Report abuse

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