Responding to Mike Shanahan’s statement earlier this week that the head coach could have done more to help prepare the defense last Sunday against the Carolina Panthers, Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett agreed and said Shanahan often helps with his unit’s game-planning.
“Obviously he's a great offensive mind and he knows how to defend all these type of things,” Haslett said. “It's good to have a guy you can go in and talk to and say, 'Hey, how do you think this should be played?' That's what I do with him a lot."
The Redskins’ defense on Sunday gave up 407 yards of total offense to Cam Newton on the Panthers. Shanahan, who immediately after the game said, “I’ve got to do a better job of getting these guys ready to play,” believed that had the defense been better prepared, perhaps it would have fared better against Carolina’s diverse offensive schemes.
“I thought they did a good job of kind of keeping us off balance with the option, a little bit of their formations and shifts and doing some things with Cam [Newton] that we haven’t seen a lot of,” Shanahan said Monday. “I have to do a better job of making sure that we’re better prepared during the week because our defense is too physical and too good. Even though they are a top-five team [offensively], I’m going to give them credit, too. They have been pretty consistent through the season keeping defenses off balance. I have to make sure that I put them in situations more times than not to make sure that they feel very comfortable in every look that they see.”