Redskins' Haslett wants more takeaways

Redskins' Haslett wants more takeaways
October 17, 2013, 3:15 pm
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The Redskins’ defense has been on the rise their last two games. They held the Oakland Raiders to one touchdown in their win before the bye week and then limited an explosive Dallas team to 213 yards of offense on Sunday night.

Still, Jim Haslett wasn’t satisfied with the performance in Dallas, particularly on two areas. One was their performance after two sudden-change situations when Dallas got the ball deep in Redskins territory. First the Redskins’ special teams gave up a long kickoff return to the 15 and then Robert Griffin III lost a fumble at the two. “We had great chances of stopping them and holding them to field goals and we didn’t do it,” said Haslett.

His other area of concern was a lack of turnovers. They got just one, a Tony Romo pass that a blitzing Josh Wilson deflected and Rob Jackson intercepted.

“Our goal was to get three turnovers last week and we got one, said Haslett. “Turnovers are obviously a big thing because when you get a turnover, you take possession away from the offense. We’ve got to increase that volume, especially in the fumble area.”

The Redskins rank 21st in the league with eight takeaways this year. In 2012 they were fifth with 31.