OPEN THREAD: Redskins sticking with 3-4, but should they?

OPEN THREAD: Redskins sticking with 3-4, but should they?
January 23, 2014, 6:00 am

Washington Redskins linebacker Ryan Kerrigan stretches during afternoon practice at NFL football training camp in Richmond, Va., Tuesday, July 30, 2013.

(AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Speaking with reporters at the Senior Bowl, Jim Haslett made official what many Redskins fans expected: despite limited success, Washington will stick with a base 3-4 defensive alignment. Since Haslett took over the team's defense four seasons ago, the Redskins switched to the 3-4.

When Washington owner Dan Snyder fired Mike Shanahan after the 2013 season, many expected Haslett to be relieved of his duties as well. Haslett, however, was retained, and will continue to run the defense under new coach Jay Gruden. So not only will the leader of the defense return, but there will be no major schematic changes.

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The Redskins went 3-13 last season, and surrendered points at a historic clip, especially early in the year. Is this a team that should make no significant changes to the defense? Will an influx of salary cap money shore up the unit's deficiencies? Let us know what you think in the comments. 

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