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.
August 30, 2010; 11:00 AM ET
Categories: DeAngelo Hall
Save & Share: Previous: Anthony Armstrong: 'They must believe in me in some way'
Next: Donovan McNabb resting, as Malcolm Kelly returns
Posted by: Kenbeatrizz | August 30, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse
Posted by: ElYeah | August 30, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse
Posted by: TWISI | August 30, 2010 11:16 AM | Report abuse
Posted by: MistaMoe | August 30, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse
Posted by: smittdiddy | August 30, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse
Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | August 30, 2010 11:35 AM | Report abuse
Posted by: smittdiddy | August 30, 2010 11:35 AM | Report abuse
Posted by: MistaMoe | August 30, 2010 11:36 AM | Report abuse
Posted by: ahwyatt | August 30, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse
Posted by: Predator48 | August 30, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse
Posted by: MistaMoe | August 30, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse
Posted by: Predator48 | August 30, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse
Posted by: TWISI | August 30, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse
The comments to this entry are closed.