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Haslett takes the blame for Redskins tackling issues

Jim Haslett AP

All offseason, the Redskins held their most important player away from contact so they’d have a chance this season.

But now their defense is springing leaks, so they decided for more contact to try to fix it.

Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett said he took “full responsibility” for “some ugly football,” by their defense the first two weeks, the same day they had a fully padded practice to try to shake out of a rut.

“Obviously I’ve got to do a better job in getting these guys to tackle because we had way too many tackling issues the first two games,” Haslett said, via Mark Maske of the Washington Post.

The Redskins have allowed 1,023 yards in two games. That puts them on pace for 8,184, which is more than a thousand over the record for yards allowed in a season (Saints, 7,042 last year).

While that’s an extrapolation/sample size problem (they can’t possibly stay this bad all year, can they?), it does show how dramatically bad they’ve been at stopping people so far.

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31 Responses to “Haslett takes the blame for Redskins tackling issues”
  1. logicalvoicesays says: Sep 20, 2013 10:56 AM

    We’ll be fine. It’s all a part of the plan. God’s team is officially ready to start the season this Sunday as planned. The only question is who are we facing in the Superbowl. #HTTR

  2. herman23934 says: Sep 20, 2013 10:58 AM

    Shows some long fields that. Sign of three and outs with a punt.

  3. minnesoulja says: Sep 20, 2013 11:08 AM

    oh great, logical is back at it.

  4. scouter2012 says: Sep 20, 2013 11:15 AM

    The redskins are terrible top to bottom…including their number one fan. ^

  5. bmoretitansfan says: Sep 20, 2013 11:18 AM

    Is it me or does Mike shanahan love medicore defensive cordinators?

  6. draftazoid says: Sep 20, 2013 11:18 AM

    Thats ok. The redskins were 3-6 last year before flooring the gas with 7 straight wins. Well be fine.

  7. steelerben says: Sep 20, 2013 11:21 AM

    Yeah, Haslett should be embarrassed about the way he had his ankles broken by McCoy three times on one play and the way he didn’t tackle Cobb on that short pas that turned into a touchdown. He better step up his game or the coach is going to take him off the field…

  8. sadskinsfan89 says: Sep 20, 2013 11:22 AM

    a redskins write up thats not about the name change? WOW. btw did u see the HUGe turnout to the protest this past Sunday?

  9. peytonsneck18 says: Sep 20, 2013 11:23 AM

    hey logical, u mean who will u be watching in the SB? cause no way yr team will be in it, your 0-2 resurrection has been televised huh

  10. herogoesallin says: Sep 20, 2013 11:23 AM

    raheem morris is the guy that cant coach. even as a position coach he is in over his head.

  11. deathtoromo says: Sep 20, 2013 11:31 AM

    logicalvoicesays says:Sep 20, 2013 10:56 AM

    We’ll be fine. It’s all a part of the plan. God’s team is officially ready to start the season this Sunday as planned. The only question is who are we facing in the Superbowl. #HTTR

    You know what? Just go away. No one thinks yer funny. In fact, if other readers want you to go away too, STOP GIVING A THUMBS UP OR DOWN . Like the Simpsons episode when the advertisment characters came to life. If you ignore, they go away.

  12. thirdistheworrd says: Sep 20, 2013 11:35 AM

    logicalvoicesays says: Sep 20, 2013 10:56 AM

    We’ll be fine. It’s all a part of the plan. God’s team is officially ready to start the season this Sunday as planned. The only question is who are we facing in the Superbowl. #HTTR
    ___________________

    minnesoulja, scouter2012- Anybody ever notice how logic guy is always within the first four posts of any given story, and all within six minutes of the articles release? The Redskins are already a polarizing team, and his comments provoke outrage, inflammatory debate, and unpleasantness on both sides, increasing traffic to these articles: traffic, which of course, translates directly into dollars for the writers.
    I’m not saying, I’m just saying.

  13. bigjdve says: Sep 20, 2013 11:39 AM

    I don’t think Haslett is the problem.

    I think lack of cap space is one of the biggest issues, then other personnel decisions.

    1. 2 rookies in the secondary isn’t helping especially when the surrounding vets aren’t great. Bacarri Rambo will be a serviceable safety – however has EJBiggers or Reed Doughty beside him. Doughty is a backup at best, Biggers is a CB that hasn’t played safety since HS. Amerson is playing opposite DHall which doesn’t help him much either.

    2. Brandon Merriweather – can’t stay in the game. When he does he commits penalties and then knocks himself out of the game.

    3. Doughty – cant keep up with the faster players so of course he can’t tackle in the open field.

    4. Redskins will be okay it will just take a while.

  14. deathtoromo says: Sep 20, 2013 11:40 AM

    peytonsneck18 says:Sep 20, 2013 11:23 AM

    hey logical, u mean who will u be watching in the SB? cause no way yr team will be in it, your 0-2 resurrection has been televised huh

    Let’s see what your doofus qb does against SF this weekend. No magic this year so far.

  15. 80sbroncofan says: Sep 20, 2013 11:58 AM

    Haslett can’t take the blame for the inept offense in the first half of games.

  16. twilson962 says: Sep 20, 2013 12:17 PM

    It’s an ugly reminder of how terrible the Skins D was last season. Even during the winning streak the D wasn’t great. They were able to create turnovers. But they were still giving up yards in bunches.

    Something’s gotta change. And soon.

  17. fordmandalay says: Sep 20, 2013 12:28 PM

    It’s time to take the car keys away from Granpa Mike. He’s made it pretty clear his best coaching days are behind him. About 15 years behind him.

  18. 8to80texansblog says: Sep 20, 2013 12:30 PM

    @logicalvoicesays

    #YourTeamis0and2andToBeHonestNotveryGoodEspeciallyonD

  19. trollingforjustice says: Sep 20, 2013 12:30 PM

    It’s no coincidence that the Redskins are the only team so far that has made the Eagles look good. that is some of the worst defense i have ever seen including last years Saints team

  20. 87hollywoodhorn says: Sep 20, 2013 12:35 PM

    haslett is a good coach and knows defensive talent and xs and os.
    real saints fans appreciate him getting us our first ever playoff win in the 2000 season where he had an awesome defense. that year defensive tackle la’roi glover put up epic numbers in one of the best seasons a four fropnt d tackle has ever had. 17 sacks! 2000 saints were a beast and delivered a black and gold BEATDOWN to the defending champs in the superdome when hakim dropped the ball.

    haslett got fired because he didnt know offense too well and he loved players wives, and reportedly made several advances at rita benson. when tom benson interviewed him he said where you be in five years he said at your house celebrating christmas with my new family, no joke

  21. blu4l1fe says: Sep 20, 2013 12:37 PM

    I understand the whole being out-coached by the other teams’ OC, but taking the blame for your D not being able to tackle or mistackling? I’m sorry, and not trying to defend him rather trying to understand the whole TEAM concept, but was he in uniform and was out on the field Sunday?

    In my opinion, and as I watched the game, I would think the skins D was to blame for missing their tackles. I get that he’s trying to stand for his players but come on, let’s call it like it is!

  22. ufanforreal says: Sep 20, 2013 12:48 PM

    deathtoromo says: Sep 20, 2013 11:40 AM

    peytonsneck18 says:Sep 20, 2013 11:23 AM

    hey logical, u mean who will u be watching in the SB? cause no way yr team will be in it, your 0-2 resurrection has been televised huh

    Let’s see what your doofus qb does against SF this weekend. No magic this year so far.
    ——————————————————

    Imo the Colts team still hasn’t jelled as a team after all the team for the most part is new, plays and players.
    I think in two more years they will be pretty much unstoppable, they do have one BIG thing going for them, they have that “doofus qb” that can at least stay in the game and can take bg hits and keep going unlike some as you know.

  23. thirdistheworrd says: Sep 20, 2013 1:05 PM

    bigjdve says: Sep 20, 2013 11:39 AM

    I don’t think Haslett is the problem.

    I think lack of cap space is one of the biggest issues, then other personnel decisions.

    1. 2 rookies in the secondary isn’t helping especially when the surrounding vets aren’t great. Bacarri Rambo will be a serviceable safety – however has EJBiggers or Reed Doughty beside him. Doughty is a backup at best, Biggers is a CB that hasn’t played safety since HS. Amerson is playing opposite DHall which doesn’t help him much either.

    2. Brandon Merriweather – can’t stay in the game. When he does he commits penalties and then knocks himself out of the game.

    3. Doughty – cant keep up with the faster players so of course he can’t tackle in the open field.

    4. Redskins will be okay it will just take a while.
    ________________________
    Mostly disagree-
    1. DeAngelo Hall
    2. DeAngelo Hall
    3. DeAngelo Hall
    4. DeAngelo Hall
    4b. Cap Room

    I think Bacarri Rambo will be very good very soon, but it’s just taking some time for a guy who is used to being the most athletic hard-hitting player on the field to adjust to NFL speed, strength, and athleticism. Amerson has made some atrocious plays, but at the same time, neither Vick nor Rodgers threw in his direction a lot, and that’s what you really want out of a corner.

    Angelo Hall (because he don’t play no D) on the other hand, has given up probably half of those 1,023 yards. He’s never been that great, but he’s just looking horrific right now. At least 2/3 of Vick and Rodgers’ passes have gone his way throughout the first two games and there’s nothing to indicate that that won’t be the case for the rest of the season.

    What’s worse is he’s even managed to switch up the way he sucs. He used to jump every route, looking for a big play, which would lead to big plays for their offense. Now he’s playing with a twenty foot buffer on his receiver, and even on routes he could easily jump and snag a pick, he’s been sitting back and allowing his man to comfortably catch first down after first down after first down. What’s so wrong about a happy medium?

  24. skinsfan36 says: Sep 20, 2013 1:07 PM

    “deathtoromo says:
    Sep 20, 2013 11:31 AM
    logicalvoicesays says:Sep 20, 2013 10:56 AM

    We’ll be fine. It’s all a part of the plan. God’s team is officially ready to start the season this Sunday as planned. The only question is who are we facing in the Superbowl. #HTTR

    You know what? Just go away. No one thinks yer funny. In fact, if other readers want you to go away too, STOP GIVING A THUMBS UP OR DOWN . Like the Simpsons episode when the advertisment characters came to life. If you ignore, they go away.”

    Did anyone else find this hilarious? You post a comment to him as you are telling everyone else to ignore him so he’ll go away. Ironic…HTTR

  25. steelerben says: Sep 20, 2013 1:48 PM

    @skinsfan36:

    Paul Anka wasn’t available to sing us a jingle, so he took one for the team and wrote that post.

  26. hatesycophants says: Sep 20, 2013 1:58 PM

    I didn’t find the post hilarious. I think the Washington Genocides are a joke of a franchise, though.

  27. ivanpavlov0000 says: Sep 20, 2013 2:02 PM

    It’s nice that Haslett wants to focus the heat on himself and keep it off his players, but … coaches aren’t players and players are the ones who play. By the time these guys reach the NFL, they should know how to tackle.

  28. skinsfanwill says: Sep 20, 2013 2:29 PM

    The problem is definitely Haslett. When he arrived they were a top 10 defense under Greg Williams. In one year with all the same players they went to second to last in the league (31st). That was all Haslett. He’s an idiot.

  29. mack2x says: Sep 20, 2013 3:34 PM

    It’s just not the Skins, poor tackling is prevalent throughout the NFL.

  30. blspears says: Sep 20, 2013 8:38 PM

    1. Thing that would help would be to start Rob Jackson opposite Kerrigan. He can stop the run well, he covers in the middle well and he is a ball hawk at OLB.

    Orakpo can sort of rush the quarter back with one move. He can get 10 sacks a year when healthy but he is not much good for anything else.

    When Rob Jackson played last year he made big game changing plays. Orakpo does not create or get turnovers. Which leads to good field position.

    2. Why did they not call Kerry Rhodes? Why did they let Dejon Gomes go? Why is Reed Doughty playing defense, he is not a good player. He is decent on special teams and that is ok but dont put him out there on defense.
    They do it every year and expect different results. (insanity)

  31. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Sep 21, 2013 4:04 PM

    How bout that Skin secondary? Rodgers had video game numbers by halftime. What a joke! LOL

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