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Haslett: Redskins could succeed with any scheme

The Redskins officially introduced defensive coordinator Jim Haslett to the Washington media Friday, but Haslett wasn’t ready to announce what scheme he’ll run.

The former Saints head coach has run a 3-4 and 4-3 defense at previous stops and says the Redskins could be successful running either one. 

“You got to decide what angle you want to go. The secondary doesn’t
make a difference, but I think you got to decide what’s best to run for
you to be effective,” Haslett said.

With that said, it sounds like Haslett may be leaning towards a 3-4 approach, which is consistent with previous reports.

“I think the 3-4 is a good fit for them. Guys like [Brian] Orakpo, he could really do it. [Albert]
Haynesworth could do it. London [Fletcher] has
done it before, I think Rocky [McIntosh] could do it. I think [Andre] Carter could be a good rush linebacker, but he’s
a good defensive end, too. Those are all things we’ll go through,” Haslett said.

The Redskins may not declare their scheme just yet, but we’ll know before long based on their moves in free agency and the draft.

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21 Responses to “Haslett: Redskins could succeed with any scheme”
  1. Bob Loblaw says: Jan 15, 2010 8:04 PM

    Good idea – have $100m Haynesworth in a two-gap scheme. Way to get your money’s worth. Of course, you could always move him to OLB.

  2. JaggedMark says: Jan 15, 2010 8:08 PM

    An obvious typo. I think this was suppose to read: “couldn’t succeed with any scheme”

  3. Chapnasty2 says: Jan 15, 2010 8:09 PM

    I think that was what Florio thought before he made his Superbowl predicition too.

  4. Bigbluefan says: Jan 15, 2010 8:16 PM

    We all recall what Jim Hazard was like when he was in the east in the past
    Glad he is back we have watched him fail before now its for someone elses team

  5. Big M says: Jan 15, 2010 8:24 PM

    Carter struggled in the 3-4 in his last season in San Francisco. I’d be surprised if he’s able to make the transition now that he’s added some weight and is on the downside of his career. Orakpo, on the other hand, should compete for the league lead in sacks each season should they make the switch.

  6. dirtyTHIRTY says: Jan 15, 2010 8:47 PM

    11 sacks is the downside of his career?

  7. wwwmattcom says: Jan 15, 2010 8:52 PM

    Seems like the Skins are doing what Snyder does best. Judging books by their covers. Just seems with all these “big names” Snyder won’t know who to blame!

  8. bake says: Jan 15, 2010 9:01 PM

    don’t worry about carter, think orakpo, mcintosh, etc. does it really matter what scheme fatass is in? he’s gonna do what he does………………regardless…

  9. Steve-O says: Jan 15, 2010 9:10 PM

    @wwwmattcom says:
    January 15, 2010 8:52 PM
    Seems like the Skins are doing what Snyder does best. Judging books by their covers. Just seems with all these “big names” Snyder won’t know who to blame!
    =================================
    Love to see you idiots make complete jackasses out of yourselves. Trying learning to read English before making your moronic comments!

  10. Steve-O says: Jan 15, 2010 9:15 PM

    @Chapnasty2 says:
    January 15, 2010 8:09 PM
    I think that was what Florio thought before he made his Superbowl predicition too
    =================================
    Or what your mother said before that failed abortion created your sorry ass!

  11. runtheball says: Jan 15, 2010 9:40 PM

    I know Haslett is excited to have an NFL gig, but this is non-sensical. I don’t see Haynesworth playing the nose. Orapko can play 4-3 DE and OLB and OLB in a 3-4. 3-4 OLB may be his best position. Carter struggled as a 3-4 OLB in SF that is why he left. The 3-4 is not a good fit for an ILB as small as Fletcher either.

  12. dpa6 says: Jan 15, 2010 9:53 PM

    Say what you want about the Redskins offense (which is awful), but their defense has been a top 5 to top 10 defense for the past 5+ years. Haslett is right, they’ve got the personnel to be dominant in a 4-3 or 3-4. We’ll see whether Haslett can continue the trend.

  13. mwcarolina says: Jan 15, 2010 10:07 PM

    i agree, the redskins defense can succeed in either the 3-4 or 4-3 as long as they are used properly. there is talent on defense, no doubt about it, Orakpo and Carter can rush the passer, Haynesworth is good, his backups are ok, the secondary is ok as well, Landry needs to play closer to the line and not 50 yards back. Greg Blache leaving should make this team better on defense.

  14. HED says: Jan 15, 2010 10:16 PM

    Their defense sucks. They’re overrated because of yards against, but no one fears that defense. And when the game is on the line, I’ve never known them to make the big stop.

  15. FumbleNuts says: Jan 15, 2010 11:06 PM

    Jim Haslett is a good DC, he should be able to pull this together in no time.

  16. boysroll says: Jan 16, 2010 12:06 AM

    who cares. The whole org and team suck and they will finish last in the NFC East.
    Watch a great team and org this weekend haters.
    HOW BOUT THOSE COWBOYS!!!!

  17. BOO3LEGS says: Jan 16, 2010 1:09 AM

    The headline should read “The Redskins could succeed with a team”

  18. The Black Cat says: Jan 16, 2010 6:57 AM

    Heck, they don’t even need 11 guys on the field!! They could run the 10-man dime and STILL shutdown the Eagles running game.

  19. Steve-O says: Jan 16, 2010 9:47 AM

    @boysroll says:
    January 16, 2010 12:06 AM
    who cares. The whole org and team suck and they will finish last in the NFC East.
    Watch a great team and org this weekend haters.
    HOW BOUT THOSE COWBOYS!!!!
    ===================================
    I’m sure you know a lot about sucking, swallowing too.

  20. raw B says: Jan 16, 2010 11:25 AM

    boysroll says:
    January 16, 2010 12:06 AM
    “who cares. The whole org and team suck and they will finish last in the NFC East.
    Watch a great team and org this weekend haters.
    HOW BOUT THOSE COWBOYS!!!!”
    Child please.

  21. joshington says: Jan 18, 2010 5:04 PM

    @ boysroll:
    Yep how bout those Cowgirls now?
    Enjoy Wade again next season.
    We won’t be finishing last anymore.
    DONE.

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