MOBILE, Ala.—Jim Haslett confirmed on Wednesday what most had expected: the Redskins’ current plan is to stick with the 3-4 alignment on defense under new head coach Jay Gruden.
“Yes,” Haslett said, asked if the team would play a 3-4. “Yeah, right now it is. Again, obviously it’s based off personnel.”
Haslett, the Redskins' defensive coordinator, made the comments at Ladd-Peebles Stadium, where he and other members of Washington's coaching staff and front office were watching Senior Bowl practice.
Haslett also indicated that the hiring of both inside and outside linebacker coaches was intended to help the Redskins get the most out of the scheme. In recent weeks, Gruden hired former Browns’ assistant Brian Baker to coach the outside linebackers and Kirk Olivadotti to work with the inside backers.
“He does a great job,” Haslett said of Baker. “I worked with him before. He does a great job with rush guys.”
In 2013, the Redskins finished with 36 sacks, which was tied for 21st. For comparison’s sake, the Panthers led the league with 60.
“I think [Baker] can help Ryan and make 'Rak better than he is,” Haslett said, referring to Ryan Kerrigan (8.5 sacks) and three-time Pro Bowler Brian Orakpo (10 sacks). "We have a young guy from Florida State [Brandon Jenkins], and we want to get him along. So I think he’ll do a great job with those guys.”