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Redskins gave Jim Haslett a contract extension

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The Redskins defense is down a couple of starters, which will make coordinator Jim Haslett’s life a lot more difficult.

Replacing linebacker Brian Orakpo and defensive lineman Adam Carriker won’t be easy for the ‘Skins, but at least Haslett knows that a failure to do so won’t seriously impact his job security. Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said Wednesday, via Jason Reid of the Washington Post, that the team extended Haslett’s contract before the season got underway. They didn’t announce any terms of the deal, although Chris Russell of 980 ESPN Radio in Washington reports that the deal runs through 2013 and contains a “hefty” raise.

Russell reports that Shanahan made the announcement on the same day that a rumor was making the rounds that Haslett had been usurped as defensive play caller by Raheem Morris. Shanahan didn’t address that, but Russell spoke to several people around the Redskins organization that shot down the notion as “preposterous.”

Haslett does have a tough job ahead of him, but the defense needs to come up with better answers than they had after Carriker and Orakpo were knocked out of the Rams game. It’s hoped that having a week to work with the players on hand will lead to better results than making changes on the fly.

The Redskins also extended the contract of longtime special teams coach Danny Smith, who has come under some fire after the team had punts blocked in each of their first two games. That continues a trend from last season, when the team had five field goal attempts blocked. Those blocks didn’t cost Smith the trust of the organization, obviouly, so it’s fair to guess that this year’s won’t either.

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13 Responses to “Redskins gave Jim Haslett a contract extension”
  1. skeebo80 says: Sep 20, 2012 8:10 AM

    Has be good news for the other teams in the NFC east

  2. eventhorizon04 says: Sep 20, 2012 8:12 AM

    …Well, the Redskins have allowed over 30 points both games so far, despite a much better looking offense led by RG3.

    Over 30 points to the Saints is respectable, but to the Rams?

    We’ll see how they do without Orakpo and Carriker.

  3. sj39 says: Sep 20, 2012 8:35 AM

    eventhorizon04, you do know who Sam Bradford is right?

  4. skins23 says: Sep 20, 2012 8:56 AM

    He’s done. If he lasts the whole year, he’s gone at the end. They brought in Raheem to replace him and Shanny can’t stand Haz. Haslett’s the single biggest reason they lost to the Rams. Worst defensive gameplan/preparation I’ve ever seen. Which is why Shanny handed the reins to Morris in the 4th quarter and the D played much better. Haslett’s a liability.

  5. leadlap says: Sep 20, 2012 8:59 AM

    I don’t think that the fact that the Redskins extended Haslett or Smith before the season started is a sign that he will last through the entire duration of his extension.

    Case in point: Marty Schottenheimer signed a four-year, $10 million contract on Jan. 3, 2001. One year into that deal, he was fired.

    Also, Donovan McNabb signed an extension that guaranteed him $3.5 million in November of 2010. In July of 2011, he was traded to the Vikings.

    Extensions mean little, in terms of security, with a Snyder-owned team.

  6. hendawg21 says: Sep 20, 2012 9:01 AM

    Well the front 7 wasn’t and isn’t the problem, it’s the defensive backfield i.e. D Hall he was responsible for covering Amendola and we all know D Hall stinks at coverage….and if he keeps it up, it would not surprise me if the rookie Richard Crawford surplants him he covers better and has a knack for being around the ball…

  7. playin2x says: Sep 20, 2012 9:09 AM

    Hell.. I guess accountability is thrown out the window with my Redskins team .. This guy is overrated DC … I could Coach better D than this .. Like the first guy commented above said .. I get giving up over 30 to the Saints but the Rams ? Garbage .. I’ll never forget the ignorant 3 times in a row all out Liz from last year this idiot called and we lost to Dallas

  8. thetroofishere says: Sep 20, 2012 9:50 AM

    They extended Donovan McNabb AFTER they benched him a couple years ago…how did that turn out?

  9. schmitty2 says: Sep 20, 2012 9:53 AM

    If anyone wants to know Haslett’s ability as a DC..watch the first half of the game against the Rams. Amendola torched them for 12 catches. It was quite obvious he wasn’t going to budge from a zone defense when he should have switched to man coverage

  10. hendawg21 says: Sep 20, 2012 10:43 AM

    schmitty2 says:
    Sep 20, 2012 9:53 AM
    If anyone wants to know Haslett’s ability as a DC..watch the first half of the game against the Rams. Amendola torched them for 12 catches. It was quite obvious he wasn’t going to budge from a zone defense when he should have switched to man coverage

    Well you are actually wrong most people thought they were playing zone, even some sportalking head thought they were playing zone…however, they had Greg Cosell on and he stated they werew actually in man/nickel coverage and D. Hall was the slot corner responsible for covering Amendola…

  11. lakermetskins says: Sep 20, 2012 11:36 AM

    Defense rebounds to top 20 in NFL or Haslett’s gone. I give him some leeway due to major injuries.

    One more blocked kick or special team blunder and Smith is gone too.

    Shanny better fire these guys if they under-perform or his job could be in trouble.

  12. schmitty2 says: Sep 20, 2012 11:49 AM

    hendawg21 says:Sep 20, 2012 10:43 AM

    Well you are actually wrong most people thought they were playing zone, even some sportalking head thought they were playing zone…however, they had Greg Cosell on and he stated they werew actually in man/nickel coverage and D. Hall was the slot corner responsible for covering Amendola…

    Hate to burst your bubble but that was a zone d. When do people beleive everything Cosell says?

  13. rs2driver says: Sep 20, 2012 12:19 PM

    Not entirely true hendawg21….Cosell said sometime they ran nickel/ man. Most other times they played cover 3 or Tampa 2 with London Fletcher sprinting down deep middle to fill void. Haslett refused to adjust. Did not ramp up any blitz packages against a patchwork O line and a stationary pocket QB. Even before Orakpo and Carriker were injured Rams went up and down the field at will. You play man and send extra people v. Brees. but v. VanBrocklin ..er..Warner..I mean BRADFORD…you hang back play zone 80 percent of game like Hirsch, Fears, Harold Jackson, Bruce, and Holt were wideouts. Rams have no one to take top off your D at wide out now so why not at least try blitzing. Bengal passing game a lot deadlier. If RG3 doesn’t put up 40 again…Bengals will run Redskins off the field. Oh and sj39, we’ll see if Bradford and that raggedy O line survive the blitzkreig onslaught other D coordinators have lined up. Seriously don’t think Rams touch 30 again all year. I could be wrong but I doubt it.

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