Can Redskins defense contain Jackson and Maclin again?
Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett devised an outstanding game plan for Washington's 17-12 victory against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 4 at Lincoln Financial Field.
Speedy Eagles wide receivers DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin made many big plays on deep balls in their first three games, so Haslett instructed cornerbacks DeAngelo Hall and Carlos Rogers to be extremely physical with Jackson and Maclin. The Redskins also focused on preventing long passing plays. Haslett was content to give up short- and mid-range completions (Eagles running back LeSean McCoy had 12 receptions for 110 yards) in an attempt to contain Jackson and Maclin, who finished with four receptions for 34 yards with no touchdowns. Hall and Rogers had one of their best performances as the Redskins' starting cornerback tandem, but Haslett's approach also was among the keys to victory, players said.
"Has called a great game. A great game," Hall said. "Those guys were making a lot of plays, so that was a big emphasis for us. Has called it and we executed."
Philadelphia Coach Andy Reid was impressed, too.
"Hey, listen, I think Jim Haslett had a phenomenal game plan," Reid said Thursday in a conference call with reporters who cover the Redskins. "And I think those players executed it and did very well.
"I've always had a lot of respect for both those corners. ... I thought they all did well. You add those two safeties into it [LaRon Landry and Kareem Moore] ... and they're all superior guys, too. That's a heck of a secondary."
Tackled by Hall and Moore in the final minute of the first quarter, Eagles starting quarterback Michael Vick was knocked out of the game after suffering a rib injury. Vick, who sat out the Eagles' next three games, returned to the lineup in Sunday's 26-24 victory against the Indianapolis Colts. He was selected the NFC's offensive player of the week for Week 9.
Backup Kevin Kolb does not possess Vick's scrambling skills and ability to improvise, so it's unknown how effective the Redskins' game plan would have been in Week 4 had Vick played the whole game. Haslett is expected to incorporate at least some of the elements of his previous game plan into his approach for Monday night's game against the Eagles at FedEx Field.
"I think he's disappointed he got hurt, but you'd expect that from a competitive guy like that," Reid said of Vick. "I'm not going to tell you he got 'cheated' or anything else. That's part of the game. He plays a physical game and the Redskins' defense plays a physical game, so the thing happened."
| November 12, 2010; 11:00 AM ET
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