Jim Haslett says coverage debates are routine
Defensive coordinator Jim Haslett and cornerback DeAngelo Hall on Thursday downplayed their recent discussion about coverages and technique, saying it was not contentious.
"If you're in that room, the defensive back room, there's a discussion every day about how you play coverages, how you want your technique played, and DeAngelo and I had about a 20-minute discussion on how things should be played," Haslett said. "It's nothing that doesn't happen every single day. It just happened [that] the defensive linemen were in the room that day. I didn't think anything of it. "You go in that room with the defensive backs, they're always talking about technique, how to play the proper coverages that we're playing against teams.
"It changes every week based on the offenses you play. If there was an issue, Coach [Mike] Shanahan would have known about it. To me, there was no issue. That's just something that goes on every day in that room. I would never get in an argument with a player in front of a bunch of other players. If I had a disagreement with D, DHall or anybody else, I'd take 'em in private and tell 'em, 'This is what I want.' The technique that I wanted played in that game, I expressed to him that's not exactly what I was looking for."
Said Hall: "It definitely wasn't heated."
Hall, however, clearly expressed frustration during the meeting about what he believed to be conflicting instructions from Haslett and defensive backs coach Bob Slowik, two Redskins employees said. Shanahan met with Hall privately before a team meeting Wednesday and then singled out Hall in the meeting, using the two-time Pro Bowler as an example in stressing the need for better communication about injuries.
Shanahan did not address what occurred in his meeting with Hall or the group session, but responded to a question about the Haslett-Hall exchange. "You got to be in the meetings," he said. "Sometimes, someone might get some of the information and they're not in the meeting. These things occur all the time. Different coaches communication with each other."
Hall has been slowed by a back injury and he has received conflicting diagnoses about the source of his pain, according to three people familiar with the situation. During the past month, Hall has "been OK," Haslett said. "Not as good as he did early in the season. His back's been bothering him. I think he's upbeat. I think he's ready to go.
"He's a good football player...He's a ball hawk. We need him being full speed health-wise and mentally, because he's the kind of guy who can go out and make a lot of plays for ya."
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