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Defense snagging more turnovers with new mindset

With two interceptions in the first three games, the Redskins top cornerback, DeAngelo Hall, became the first Redskins player with more than one interception in the preseason since safety Sean Taylor had three before the 2004 season. And the Redskins have gathered eight turnovers in the first three games.

Coach Mike Shanahan hired defensive coordinator Jim Haslett to revamp Washington's defense, and Haslett changed the scheme from a 4-3 to a 3-4 in an effort to produce more turnovers.

So it appears the change in defensive philosophy has helped to make a difference in turnovers, right?

"It's funny because everybody's been making that the story," Hall said the other day. "It ain't that I don't buy that, that the defense won't make a difference, but we haven't run any of Has's defenses. We've been out there playing vanilla. Against Buffalo [when Hall had his first interception] it was man-to-man. This last game against the Jets [on Hall's second interception] it was the same defense we ran last year [in the red zone].

"That was probably one of the only things we took from last year, because we were so good in the red zone. We were the best in the red zone, some stat they pulled up showed, over the last three, four years. The coaches were like, 'We're not going to change that. Why would we?' They brought this defense in here to stop the run, get more turnovers and stop a lot of the big plays. But the red zone stuff is good."

Most coaches prefer not to reveal much in the preseason in the hope of surprising opponents during the regular season. Haslett has installed a variety of aggressive blitz packages and complex zones from the Redskins' base 3-4 alignment. By design, however, few of the new plans are on game film for opponents to study.

"The mindset has changed from last year," Hall said. "I don't think you'd have guys stripping the ball like they are now, running to the ball like they are now.
"We harp on turnovers now. We always think about turnovers now. It's the mindset that Shanahan, and Has, especially, have brought to the team. I don't think things like that happen unless it starts from the top. And it starts from the top now."

The Redskins plan to unveil more of their new scheme during the regular-season opener Sept. 12 against the Dallas Cowboys at FedEx Field.

"I'm looking forward to Sunday night when we start running all this stuff that we've been working on since Day 1 that Has can't wait to call," Hall said.

By Jason Reid  |  August 30, 2010; 11:00 AM ET
Categories:  DeAngelo Hall  
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Comments

BBanks should make holding onto the ball his FIRST priority.

Posted by: Kenbeatrizz | August 30, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Get at least 8 Hall...

Interesting that they kept something from Blache other than a bad taste in their mouths

Posted by: ElYeah | August 30, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse

I'm really excited about the potential of this defense. It should be fun to watch.

Posted by: TWISI | August 30, 2010 11:16 AM | Report abuse

Anthony Armstrong: 'They must believe in me in some way'


I'd say the wide out position is and is not a point of interest right now.

I mean, the starting quarterback is injured, so maybe some focus should be applied to the offensive line and his protection.

AA will make the team.

But ultimately, who's blocking for us will be of more import than who's catching passes.


Posted by: MistaMoe | August 30, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Where the hell is PamperTex,MrIrvin88,Peterbilt and all them other punk ass trolls this morning?Funny how when the Boys are getting the apple juice slapped out of them you cant find them cats in the day time with a flashlight.Punk asses.

Posted by: smittdiddy | August 30, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Willie Parker ain't fast, and he ain't making this team. I think Jarmon makes it on the other end....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | August 30, 2010 11:35 AM | Report abuse

And you too Dallasinthedmv.Where ya be?

Posted by: smittdiddy | August 30, 2010 11:35 AM | Report abuse

Mistamayor,

"Haslett has installed a variety of aggressive blitz packages and complex zones from the Redskins' base 3-4 alignment. By design, however, few of the new plans are on game film for opponents to study."

This is why I am not worried about the redskin defense against the pass.

But I am worried that teams can attack the edges in the running game.

I'd say flipping AH at de to the wide side of the field would allow him to 'blow up' blocking to that side, and force a runner back into the flow of the defense.

We should be able to shutdown the pass.

It's other teams' run game that has this blogga worried.

Posted by: MistaMoe | August 30, 2010 11:36 AM | Report abuse

DikShuttle,

LOL! Now we're all the same person? Before that, the reigning theory was Cowboys fans who rightfully told you that the Redskins stink were a bunch of Post interns trying to increase blog activity on Redskins Insider! The truth hurts bad, I guess. Your team really is awful.

BTW, the Cowboys team you see on 9/12 will not be in preseason mode. Conversely, the Redskins team will look every bit like they are. All season.

-Joe

Posted by: PampaTex | August 30, 2010 11:26 AM

Sounds an awful lot like you're making excuses when you talk about "preseason mode". Cowboys offense has looked bad, preseason or not. No sense in sugarcoating it.

Posted by: ahwyatt | August 30, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

I wish Devin Thomas had Anthony Armsrong's heart and Malcolm Kelly had his health. Maybe then I'd feel better about our passing game going into the season.

Posted by: Predator48 | August 30, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

BEEP-BEEP.......

Posted by: MistaMoe | August 30, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Beeps Beeps Peoples

Posted by: Predator48 | August 30, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

But I am worried that teams can attack the edges in the running game.

Posted by: MistaMoe | August 30, 2010 11:36 AM | Report ab

That has seemed to be a particular weakness early. Isn't stopping the outside run a "strength" of the 3-4. Hopefully with more reps this facet of the defense will improve.

Posted by: TWISI | August 30, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

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