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Hasslett: “It’s not right, its just the way it is”

The absence of one unhappy defensive tackle continues to put a train on the defensive staff.

“When I first got here, we met on a daily basis with the players, we did walk-throughs three times a week with the players … so it was a process,” defensive coordinator Jim Haslett said last week after the first session of organized team activities. “And it wasn’t you walk in and one day you know [everything]. It was probably a two-month process just to get ‘em lined up right.

“They’re relearning everything. Terminology, everything, it’s a totally different front. So it was probably a two-month process to get that part. So to walk in off the street and to think you’re going to know … this is one of these defenses that you just don’t walk in and think you’re going to learn right away. It’s not that easy.”

Haynesworth’s actions will put “a strain on the coaches” because “it will take a lot of individual time and work” to get him up to speed, Haslett said. Obviously, the situation is not ideal for the Redskins, but “there’s nothing you can do about it. … It’s not right, it’s just the way it is.”

Say what you want about this situation, but it’s clearly a challenge for this team. The activities are voluntary, but the activity is more than the team running laps and doing suicide runs. It has been stated that the installation of both the offense and defense is being done at Redskins park. Haynesworth has never played in a 304 scheme, hence he has a few things to learn. It is also worth wondering what shape he is in.  You say these work outs and practice sessions are just voluntary.  But I won’t be surprised if he is out of place and out of shape come training camp.  That is almost a lock. I say no more than one quarter before he is blown up by an offensive guard and rolling on the ground because he pulled his hamstring.

Topics: 3-4 Defense, Albert Haynesworth, Jim Hasslett

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