Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett experimenting with view from the box

August 21, 2013

Jim Haslett wasn’t in his normal spot on the Redskins’ sideline Monday night.

Exploring every option possible while working to make his unit one of the best in the NFL, Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett has begun conducting an experiment in perspective.

For the first time in his coaching career, Haslett was not on the sideline for a game during Monday night’s preseason game between the Redskins and Pittsburgh Steelers.

The defensive coordinator instead watched the game from the press box at FedEx Field.

Haslett said he is experimenting with calling games from the box to see if that perspective helps him get a better view of the formations the opposing offense, thus enabling him to make better calls.

A number of coordinators make calls from the coaches box, but many opt to do so from the sidelines.

Last fall, Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees moved from the sideline to the box, and said that the bird’s-eye view enabled him to actually see the game better and make calls more quickly.

Haslett, who has 25 years of coaching experience in college and the pros, had never called a game from the box until Monday night. Linebackers coach Bob Slowik remained on the sidelines and signaled in calls as he normally does. It remains to be seen if Haslett will move to the box permanently.

The Redskins on Monday forced the Steelers into two three turnovers (two fumbles and Ryan Kerrigan’s interception return for a touchdown) and denied Pittsburgh on 12 of 13 third downs. A week after giving up 126 rushing yards to the Tennessee Titans, Washington held Pittsburgh to 95 rushing yards.

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What’s ahead:

The Redskins practice today at 1 p.m. Mike Shanahan and Robert Griffin III speak to reporters afterward.

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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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