Washington Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett has been doing a lot of talking recently. Saying things like he’s going to turn his outside linebackers loose next season as opposed to seasons past. Or that yardage rankings are for losers. But now that Haslett is back there shouldn’t be any excuses for mediocrity on the Redskins defense.
The Redskins will have plenty of cap space this season to bring in more talent to plug-in holes on the defense. I don’t expect the Redskins to splurge and over spend in free agency like they have in the past. But I do look for them to address key needs defensively. So if the defense isn’t any good, Haslett won’t be able to say he lacked talent.
And it’s been insinuated that former Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan interfered too much on defense, and didn’t give Haslett the freedom he needed to be effective as a coordinator. Re-signed free agent cornerback DeAngelo Hall echoed this sentiment recently, stating he knew how Haslett felt in being handcuffed on defense by Shanahan.
But even if there’s some truth to Haslett being micro-managed on defense, that won’t be the case moving forward. As new head coach Jay Gruden apparently will stay out of Haslett’s way, and devote most of his time with the offense. So should fans expect the Redskins to have an above avergae defense in the 2014 season?
Haslett says stats don’t mean anything, and as long as the team is winning, maybe they don’t mean as much as some might think. But if Haslett is now free to do what he wants on defense, then we shouldn’t be seeing LeSean McCoy make the Redskins defense look silly any more right? No more 38 point first halfs like the Chiefs had right? There’s no more excuses for Jim Haslett. In 2014 he has to get it done.