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Haslett: Everything's fine with DeAngelo Hall

Everything is cool between defensive coordinator Jim Haslett and cornerback DeAngelo Hall, whose aggressive attitude is a very good thing, Haslett said Wednesday.

Addressing reporters for the first time since Hall caused a stir Monday in announcing his plans to cover opponents' top receivers for the remainder of the season, Haslett quickly moved to end speculation of a rift between him and the team's top cornerback. In fact, Haslett loves Hall's approach, Haslett said, and he wishes every Redskins defensive player had the same attitude as the two-time Pro Bowler.

"The good corners I've been around all have that mentality. I'd be disappointed if he didn't have that mentality," Haslett said "And I give all the credit for saying that, to be honest with you. He's a guy ... I think he's playing at a high level right now. He's doing a heck of a job. I think there are times when you can do that [have Hall shadow one player all game] based off formations, there's times that you can't. In training camp, he flip-flopped all over the place.

"The problem you get is, you get in some nickel, and the guy goes inside that you're trying to lock down. He hasn't been in there. You give away [something] sometimes when you play man-to-man. So there's different reasons to do it, there's different reasons not to do it. But I do like his attitude. And I do think that the good corners in this league have that type of attitude."

And as for Hall saying, "this my team. This my defense." Well, Hall is right, Haslett said.

"Hey, it is their team," he said. "The players play. Coaches, we coach. We try to get 'em to do things right. Line up, do the things the way you want 'em to. The only satisfaction I get out of it? When they do it right. It's not like when I played.

"When I played, I could go out there and do it. I can't physically do it anymore. I got to go rely on them to do it right. When they do it right, we're pretty successful. And we'll be fine. So it is the players' team, to be honest with you."

Hall, however, realizes he must play within the confines of the scheme, Haslett said. "It's based off of where they line them up, a lot of different things, and he understands that," Haslett said. "He's a bright enough guy that he understands that.

"I know his frustration in the game - he got no balls his way. They were throwing all to the opposite side. They were throwing to the left, left, left. And they didn't do much to the right."

Is Haslett willing to tweak the scheme in an effort to accommodate Hall?

"You know what, I'm open to anything," Haslett said. "As a coach, we'll do what's best for the team."

By Jason Reid  | September 22, 2010; 4:05 PM ET
 
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Beeps

Posted by: RedDMV | September 22, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

it's fine, we're fine, fine, fine, fine, we're FIIIIIINE! it's fine, fine, fine, fine, fine

next post: something about someone who is fine!

next: Cerrato weighs in on who's fine

Posted by: pabrian2003 | September 22, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Sound suspiciously near selfish to me.

Posted by: iubiquity | September 22, 2010 6:07 PM | Report abuse

Sounds fine to me. Where we're hurting is at FS. Doughty and Horton can't cover and should only be back up SS. We need to trade one or the other for a decent back up for FS. They're all listed as just Safety, but only Moore can play FS. I'd rather put one of our backup Corners in at FS if Moore can't play. JMO.

Posted by: AZborn | September 22, 2010 6:45 PM | Report abuse

WOAH WOAH WAIT A MINUTE.....COACH "HAS" IS WILLING TO TWEAK THE SCHEME FOR ME'ANGELO BUT NOT FOR FAT ALBERT? FAT ALBERT SHOULD BE PISSED AND DEMAND A TRADE....OH WAIT NEVERMIND...

Posted by: IrenePollin1 | September 22, 2010 11:16 PM | Report abuse

WOAH WOAH WAIT A MINUTE.....COACH "HAS" IS WILLING TO TWEAK THE SCHEME FOR ME'ANGELO BUT NOT FOR FAT ALBERT? FAT ALBERT SHOULD BE PISSED AND DEMAND A TRADE....OH WAIT NEVERMIND...

Posted by: IrenePollin1 | September 22, 2010 11:16 PM | Report abuse

WOAH WOAH WAIT A MINUTE.....COACH "HAS" IS WILLING TO TWEAK THE SCHEME FOR ME'ANGELO BUT NOT FOR FAT ALBERT? FAT ALBERT SHOULD BE PISSED AND DEMAND A TRADE....OH WAIT NEVERMIND...

Posted by: IrenePollin1 | September 22, 2010 11:17 PM | Report abuse

"I know his frustration in the game - he got no balls his way. They were throwing all to the opposite side. They were throwing to the left, left, left. And they didn't do much to the right."

If the above quote is true then why did BOTH Texans wide-outs smoke the Skins secondary for 10+ catches and 150+ yards? Who was Hall covering, the tight end?

Posted by: craigschumpert | September 23, 2010 8:59 AM | Report abuse

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