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Jim Haslett hopes one-on-one meetings with defensive backs sparks improvement

Jim Haslett’s defensive backs have struggled in pass coverage.


Searching for a cure to his struggling defense, Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett and his assistants met with members of the secondary one-on-one during the bye week and discussed their shortcomings to date.

Asked about the meetings on Thursday, Haslett, whose unit ranks 30th in the league against the pass, said, “We did a lot of that, talked to guys about what we expect from them, what we’ve got, but not on a consistent basis. I think we got our point across I think they understand where we’re at and where they’re at and hopefully it pays off.”

Haslett said that the bye week lent itself to the perfect opportunity for such meetings. 

“You address the problems when you have it, if you have an issue,” Haslett said. “This was good timing, that’s all. It was just good timing to talk to some individuals and groups.”

Cornerback DeAngelo Hall said he and his fellow defensive backs came away from an improved sense of clarity and idea of what they need to do to improve.

“Hopefully you’ll see it. Hopefully you’ll see it this week,” Hall had said on Wednesday. “You’ll see it through the rest of this season.”

Haslett was asked if he thought that the meetings would prompt the necessary improvements.

“We’ll find out,” he said. “We’ll find out.”

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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