Jim Haslett miffed over dirty hit calls

After a game that led to fines of three Redskins for unnecessary roughness, Defensive Coordinator Jim Haslett said he doesn’t have much advice for players on how to avoid getting flagged for illegal hits.

“I don’t know what it is. I don’t know what’s legal and what’s illegal,” Haslett said.

The coach said all he can do is ask player to focus on playing with strong fundamentals and not let the fear of fines affect their play.

“I tell our guys to take your shot, try to keep your head up, wrap your arms and don’t drive him to the ground. I don’t know what else you can say,” Haslett said. “Half the time, those crossing routes, the corners get called for the contact when you get hit, to me, I’d fine the quarterback for a bad throw.

“It’s all subjective,” he added. “Obviously, the league has done a great job in trying to help player safety. But I just tell the guys, keep your head up, wrap your arms and run through them. I don’t know what else you can say to be honest with you.”

Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.

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