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Posted at 4:22 PM ET, 12/ 4/2010

Haslett: Defense capable of better results

By Jason Reid

The Redskins switched from a base 4-3 front to a 3-4 scheme, in part, in an effort to apply more pressure on quarterbacks.

A 3-4 alignment provides more opportunities to disguise coverages and blitzes, and the Redskins are tied for 18th in the NFL with 22 sacks. Outside linebacker Brian Orakpo leads the team with 8 ½ -- tied for ninth in the league.

But the Redskins are capable of better results, coordinator Jim Haslett said. Washington must apply consistent pressure Sunday against New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning.

"I would like the total [sacks] to be a little bit more," he said the other day. "People are really concentrating on him [Brian Orakpo]. For him to have 8.5 [sacks] is kind of amazing, to be honest with you, because people are sliding to him, chipping him. They know where he is at. You always have to have two or three [elite pass rushers] to have a really good defense.

"One year in New Orleans [2000], I had La'Roi Glover [with] 18.5 [17], Joe Johnson had like 12.5 [12], Darren Howard had like 11.5 [11]]. The same year, we had a bunch of guys with [impressive totals]]. That's why you end up with 50 or 60. I don't know if you'll ever get those numbers again, but that's why you have the numbers. Right now, we got one guy with [8.5 sacks] and then kind of a little bit scattered everywhere."

By Jason Reid  | December 4, 2010; 4:22 PM ET
 
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Comments

First to say we need some D

Posted by: ThrowItToMyTeam | December 4, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

all game 2

Posted by: ThrowItToMyTeam | December 4, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

we need some 3rd down stops !

Posted by: ThrowItToMyTeam | December 4, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

and no 4th down conversions .

Posted by: ThrowItToMyTeam | December 4, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

we need to win out, 5 in a row !

Posted by: ThrowItToMyTeam | December 4, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

I can't stand me some Ginna's, holde'm to 6 and we win

Posted by: ThrowItToMyTeam | December 4, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

McNabb beeps. Feast or famine.

Posted by: wireman65 | December 4, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

This is the 7th time I have had a meaningful conversation with myself.....

Posted by: ThrowItToMyTeam | December 4, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse

I've had enough of the 3-4. The point is turnovers and sacks and they're not there. It's premature. Mix in the 4-3 more and let's see if Haynesworth can help slow down their rush.

Since we basically have the worst offense in the NFC we need to hold teams to under 20 pts to even have a chance.

We're not going to hold the Ginas to under 20 pts and we're not going to be able to run on them.

I hope we see McNabb in the shotgun all day otherwise Grossman is finishing out the season.

Otherwise are going to send Williams and Davis into a wall for 1yd gains every other play to set up - guess what!? - play action?

Posted by: BrooklynSkins | December 4, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Nothing wrong with switching to a 3-4 but why field it with nothing but 4-3 players?

Posted by: coparker5 | December 4, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Note to Haslett: NO SH_T SHERLOCK; OUR D-COORDINATOR IS THE MASTER OF THE OBVIOUS!!! Yeah they can play better but not with you as the coach.Jim Haslett inherited a top 10 defensive unit and promptly turned them into the worst unit in the league. This defense was supposed to keep this team in the playoff hunt instead Haslett has turned them into an a league wide joke. Here's a suggestion; why don't you three amigo's(Mike,Kyle&Jim) take a ride out of town for good i think that would make all of us fans happy.

Posted by: dargregmag | December 4, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse

This team is not going to win 5 in a row. The defense will continue to be terrible. Another meaningless December.

Posted by: DCFanatic | December 4, 2010 6:51 PM | Report abuse

When your defense is dead last in the NFL, chances are pretty good that you can play better. The defense was better: last year before Haslett arrived w/ his crappy 3-4.

Posted by: randysbailin | December 4, 2010 7:32 PM | Report abuse

Still never understood why Fat Al don't just run str8 n the backfield .. Atleast he someone that get off the line .. Basketball coaches are much smarter, they understand sometime a iso is the best play if you got a monster .. Smh ..

Posted by: NiqueThaG8 | December 4, 2010 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Still never understood why Fat Al don't just run str8 n the backfield .. Atleast he someone that get off the line .. Basketball coaches are much smarter, they understand sometime a iso is the best play if you got a monster .. Smh ..

Posted by: NiqueThaG8 | December 4, 2010 7:44 PM | Report abuse

why does this guy still have a dam job!especially as our defensive coach?he has a job because he is one of mike's cronies.jim,mike and kyle need to be run out of d.c on a rail!.let russ grimm be coach,and make b-mitch,art monk,doc walker,and a few other former hogs be assistants.then,and only then,will this team start to play the way that they did in those glory years.why? because each and every player will be held accountable for his preperation and on field performance.hell,everyone else has had a shot at this coaching this team,except for ex-redskins

Posted by: billydee123 | December 4, 2010 11:07 PM | Report abuse

why does this guy still have a dam job!especially as our defensive coach?he has a job because he is one of mike's cronies.jim,mike and kyle need to be run out of d.c on a rail!.let russ grimm be coach,and make b-mitch,art monk,doc walker,and a few other former hogs be assistants.then,and only then,will this team start to play the way that they did in those glory years.why? because each and every player will be held accountable for his preperation and on field performance.hell,everyone else has had a shot at this coaching this team,except for ex-redskins

Posted by: billydee123 | December 4, 2010 11:08 PM | Report abuse

Understatement of the year!! They are horrible Haslett...are you going to hurt their feelings if you say they suck?! They are grown men who are the worst at their job, tell them they suck

Posted by: rc2223 | December 4, 2010 11:28 PM | Report abuse

Haslett-the master of idiotic statements and lousy defense. This D has become a laughing stock under his supposed leadership. Yeah, they could play better, with another coach.

Posted by: 4merskinsfan | December 4, 2010 11:35 PM | Report abuse

The silly 2009 Redskins had a top ten 4-3 defense. The more professional 2010 version "feature" an NFL-worst 3-4.

Priorities among the Redskins' utter chaos at end '09 included AVOIDING change to that top ten defense. Beyond egomaniacal and silly was it for Bruce Allen, Mike and Kyle Shanahan, Mr. Haslett and other staff -- ABSOLVING Mr. Snyder, then under tremendous pressure to back off -- to have suggested, approved and/or failed to successfully discourage the change to a 3-4, in whatever measure obnoxious and/or conscious efforts to "win" the power play (p***ing contest) with the much more intuitive and reasonably concerned but sadly inarticulate or uncommunicative Mr. Haynesworth.

To have allocated precious time, resources and attention to that change AT ALL, even absent the spectacularly crying needs w/r/t offensive line, conditioning, WR, special teams, play calling, time management, and attitude, among others, and presuming some substantive justification beyond the curiously less compelling even-in-a-vacuum potential benefit of a 3-4 as reported here "to apply more pressure on the quarterback" than provided in '09 thanks to Haynesworth by Orakpo and Carter's combined 22 sacks and associated pressures, hurries and knockdowns, was premature AT BEST.

Clearly and overall are the improvements under Allen, the Shanahans, Haslett, the conditioning people and others among the new staff, combined with the 2010 approach of both the players they retained/acquired and Mr. Snyder's organization.

I can't help but think how much stronger those improvements if the coaches in particular demonstrated more appropriate (i.e., diminished) pride in their pedigrees.

Posted by: dcfanoutwest | December 5, 2010 12:05 AM | Report abuse

I was surprised to hear the defense can play better. Never thought of that. But it came from that defensive guru Haslett so it must be true.

GO RAVENS!

Posted by: ftlmikeflorida | December 5, 2010 1:02 AM | Report abuse

"They Always Know Where He's AT"..Why Is that ,,,,Again Why Is That!!!!!!

Posted by: tuffy6326 | December 5, 2010 3:09 AM | Report abuse

Wow, is it even possible for the D to play better??? Next we'll herar from young Shanahan that the O can play better. Naw, that would really be inpossible!

Posted by: jmeaicp | December 5, 2010 8:44 AM | Report abuse

The only way a CEO who took a top ten company to the bottom of the industry would keep his job is if he owned the company. If Haslett is here next year I'm convinced he's bought Snyder out.

Posted by: 20yrskinfan | December 5, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse

I have a bad feeling that the Giants will have thier way with the Skins today. They have sort of owned the Skins for the last few years and the Skin's offense is still up and down this year. I know McNabb plays well against the Giants, but I don't think he can do it with this team....too much inconsistentcy (spell). The offensive line still sucks and Allen/Shanahan did the best they could do to address the line prior to the season start.

The defensive backs/safeties play so far back that any receiver (does not have to be an "All-Pro") can easily pick up 7-9 yards on any given pass play. You don't see them checking anyone off the ball, as if they are afraid of biting on a long ball (past few seasons).

Anyone expected the Skins to make the playoffs this season is breathing the same air as Vinny. Just be glad that new management is in place and somethings regarding the Skins have improved.

Hail!


Posted by: flyinggoose1 | December 5, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Donovan Mcnabb should had stay in Philadelphia, Jim Hagletts should had stay retinement,Mike Shanghan need to stay off of drug, his son don't known how to call play,Redskin defense was in the top five last year this year they is dead last wake up Jim Hagletts the 3-4 schem is not working here in Washington,they need to swicth back to the 4-3 defense,let Donovan Mcnabb go and draft a quarterback in the 2011 draft i like Virgina Tech quarterback Tyroud Taylor he will be a good fix in Washington Redskin schem

Posted by: westcurtis1961 | December 5, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

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