Haslett says he’s not seeking praise for Redskins’ defensive improvement

December 21, 2012


Jim Haslett (third from left) says he’s proud of job his players have done lately (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett has begun to earn praise for the work he’s done getting his players to persevere through their struggles and find ways to contribute to the team’s five-game winning streak.

“I think, more than anything, I’m proud of the way the guys have stuck together when we were struggling and then played good ball the last month and a half,” Haslett said Thursday. “We still can continue to improve. We need to keep getting better and better…. I’m proud of the way they hung in there and fought. Guys have gotten better in their play. There’s still things we need to keep working on. It’s just something we keep doing.”

But asked about the level of pride he takes in the job he’s done this season, Haslett sidestepped the issue.

“I don’t worry about me,” he said. “I worry about the football team. I worry about the guys I coach. I don’t worry about myself. I really don’t. I worry about those 19, 20 guys I’ve got on defense. And then when the season’s over, we’ll sit back and look at everything.”


Mark Maske covers the NFL for The Washington Post.
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