Redskins secondary aims to continue interception upswing

Washington Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett and his defensive backs have said all season that interceptions come in bunches and if they continued to do their jobs effectively, eventually they would experience a breakthrough.


DeAngelo Hall (23) makes a one handed interception while covering New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks (88) Sunday. (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)

Haslett said one of the keys for his defenders was that they found themselves in the rare position of playing with a lead, which allowed them to mix things up a bit.

“We had a nice lead early and that gave us an opportunity to play a little more cover-2 and do some different things, where the corners got to play more like man-under and play two-deep behind it,” Haslett explained.

The Redskins, who now have 12 interceptions, hope they can close out the season by increasing their turnover total in the final two weeks.

On Saturday they face Vikings rookie quarterback Christian Ponder, who in nine games has thrown 12 interceptions. One in every 22 pass attempts of his has been picked.

“Well, sometimes they come in bunches,” Haslett says, offering the trademark line. “When you have more wins, obviously, you get more turnovers. So, it kind of goes hand in hand. … We’re going to keep working at it and hopefully in these next two games we’ll get a few more.”

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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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