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Jim Haslett says Redskins need to do more to get Meriweather to hit correctly

Redskins' Meriweather attempts to stop Lions' Johnson from scoring a touchdown during their NFL football game in Landover Reuters

Safety Brandon Meriweather made life more difficult for his teammates on the Redskins defense last weekend.

He drew a pair of personal fouls for helmet-to-helmet hits against Bears receivers, handing Chicago 15 yards each time and helping them sustain drives that wound up in touchdowns. Meriweather was suspended two games by the league for those infractions, which join a list of many others, although it was later reduced to one game on appeal.

Defensive coordinator Jim Haslett said that the Redskins have worked with players on tackling correctly and that Meriweather has had plenty of exposure to information about how to avoid illegal hits, but that his continued penalties have made it clear that the team needs to do more to get the safety on the straight and narrow.

“We do a good job teaching our guys what the league is asking you to do from that standpoint,” Haslett said, via the Washington Post. “But obviously it didn’t work in his case. So we’ve got to do better because we’ve got to eliminate the penalties because that hurt us more than anything from a team standpoint last week in the game.”

Given how often and how flagrantly Meriweather flouts the rules regarding hitting receivers in the head and neck, the question of whether there’s anything Haslett or anyone else could do to get him to hit more responsibly in the future is one worth asking. If not, the Redskins should ask themselves whether Meriweather does enough positive to outweigh the harm he does to the team and others.

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13 Responses to “Jim Haslett says Redskins need to do more to get Meriweather to hit correctly”
  1. kevo126 says: Oct 24, 2013 3:10 PM

    Brandon Meriweather isnt even good. he is the poor mans bernard pollard…worse player, even more personal fouls/illegal hits.

    typical redskin.

  2. doctorrustbelt says: Oct 24, 2013 3:12 PM

    The Redskins need to change their name more than change Meriweather’s hitting.

  3. fafaflunky says: Oct 24, 2013 3:16 PM

    repercussions of a cap hit..no pun intended..blame mara

  4. quietdownandlisten says: Oct 24, 2013 3:16 PM

    Simple solution. Take out his knees, right Goodell?

  5. ravensterps says: Oct 24, 2013 3:18 PM

    He’s the only player I can think of who actually TRIES to give other players brain damage.

  6. kate773 says: Oct 24, 2013 3:25 PM

    Belichick benched him immediately after he knocked out Todd Heap in one game.

  7. jeffsnow7 says: Oct 24, 2013 3:29 PM

    you had all pre season to teach him… why would he change now?

  8. normaneinstein7 says: Oct 24, 2013 3:40 PM

    fafaflunky says: Oct 24, 2013 3:16 PM

    repercussions of a cap hit..no pun intended..blame mara
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    Yep. It forced the team to take chances on players with questionable history so they could fill some positions on the roster.

  9. hendawg21 says: Oct 24, 2013 3:45 PM

    Quit whining about the REDSKINS changing their name…

  10. leftlaneisforpassingonly says: Oct 24, 2013 4:04 PM

    If I remember correctly one of the reasons the Pats gave up on him was that they couldn’t get him to change his head hunting ways.

  11. goodellisruiningtheleague says: Oct 24, 2013 4:07 PM

    What about better coaching Haslett? You turned a top 10 defense into the worst in the league. Congrats.

  12. mdpgc says: Oct 24, 2013 4:10 PM

    The changes in football, another example of the “Sissification of America”

  13. surfinbird1 says: Oct 24, 2013 6:35 PM

    Never forget that hit he put on Todd Heap. That was an out and out crime.

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