Jim Haslett keeps focus on bottom line, not yards surrendered
A season ago, the Redskins finished with the NFL's 10th-ranked defense, in terms of yardage allowed. They won four games. This season, the Redskins are ranked last in defense but already have three wins.
According to defensive coordinator Jim Haslett, the numbers don't always tell the full story.
"Here's the thing: At the end of the year when they say how many yards you give up, nobody says that equates to wins and losses," Haslett said. "The only things that equates to wins and losses is points and turnovers."
Well, there is a loose correlation. Of the top 10 defenses last season, six teams reached the playoffs, including five of the top six. Of the bottom 10 defenses, only New Orleans (ranked No. 25) reached the playoffs.
Not that he needed to, but Haslett offered a sound defense of his unit's play.
"We've played overtime games; we've played great offenses," he said. "We're not playing the slappys in the NFL. There's not too many of those anyways, but we haven't played any of those. We're playing the elite. We're playing - at least from our perspective - the best offenses in the league up to this point."
In fact, four the Redskins' first six opponents are ranked in the top 10 in total offense entering Week 6.
"Will you give up some yardage? Yeah. Are we happy with the yardage we're giving up? No," Haslett said. "But there's reasons for it. We've played more plays than anybody in the National Football League. That's our fault early; we didn't get off the field. We can do a better job of that. But the bottom line is, how many wins and losses have we got? We've got three wins; they had four last year. Obviously, we're doing a better job.
"In my eyes, what the bottom line in the NFL, that's to win games, so if we can hold teams down in points and we can win games, you can have all the yardage you want in the world.
| October 15, 2010; 2:44 PM ET
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