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.