Jim Haslett, other coaches are safe through bye week, Shanahan says [this post has been updated]

November 5, 2012

Jim Haslett (left) and Mike Shanahan (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

Update: 6:20 p.m.:

Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said Monday that there will be no changes to his coaching staff during the upcoming bye week.

“No. There will be no changes,” Shanahan said when asked at his daily news briefing.

Asked whether he believed that in-season changes to a coaching staff could ever produce different results, Shanahan declined to philosophize.

“I’m not even going to talk in that direction,” he said. “My focus is on one thing, that’s Philly – getting ready for them. We’ll do everything we can, as I’ve said before, to evaluate what we’ve done right and wrong. We’ll study the personnel, try to make the right changes that give us the best chance to win. We have a number of players that have gained experience over the last seven, eight, nine weeks – some guys playing more than others – and that’ll be our focus to win each game.”

Now 41 games into his tenure as Redskins coach, Shanahan has a 14-27 record. 

However, the coach said he is confident the roster has improved. He cited the team’s more potent offense this season and the progress on defense last season prior to this year’s regression, which he blamed mostly on injuries.

Asked how he measures progress, Shanahan said: “You’ll have to ask Dan Snyder that. If he feels this team is going in the right direction, then you ask him. Not me. I know I’m going in the right direction.”

Shanahan declined to say whether he had received assurances from Snyder that the owner believes the team is headed in the right direction. “You’ll have to talk to him,” Shanahan said. “I don’t talk about that during the season.” ——————————————————————————————————————-

The job of Washington Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett appears safe through the team’s bye week.

A person close to the situation said Monday that the Redskins had given no indication that they’re planning to fire Haslett during the bye week. The person, speaking on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized by the Redskins to discuss the matter publicly, said the relationship between the team and Haslett remained “all good” at this point.

The Redskins’ record dropped to 3-6 with Sunday’s loss to the Carolina Panthers at FedEx Field. The Redskins have lost three straight games and are in last place in the NFC East. They are entering their bye week and next play on Nov. 18 at home against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Washington has struggled on defense without four starters. Linebacker Brian Orakpo and defensive end Adam Carriker are on the injured reserve list with season-ending injuries. Safety Tanard Jackson is suspended for the entire season because of a violation of the NFL’s substance abuse policy. Safety Brandon Meriweather hasn’t played all season because of a knee injury, but might return after the bye.

The Redskins were ranked 30th in the league in pass defense and 28th in total defense, based on yards allowed, entering Monday night’s play. They were last in pass defense for much of the season but moved ahead of the New Orleans Saints, who play Monday night, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Displeasure with Haslett has increased on social media and Internet message boards and there has been some media speculation that the defensive coordinator might be ousted during the bye week. But it does not appear that Coach Mike Shanahan plans to make any bye week changes to his coaching staff and Haslett likely will remain in his job at least through the end of the season, the person said.

Mark Maske covers the NFL for The Washington Post.
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Mark Maske · November 5, 2012