While taking responsibility for the Washington Redskins’ struggles on defense, defensive coordinator Jim Haslett admits that the team having problems tackling came as somewhat of a surprise.
“I thought we made great strides during the preseason after Bacarri [Rambo] had his, the one day the first game he had a bad game and then we actually tackled well the next games,” said Haslett. “Then the first two games of the season that’s been an issue with us.”
A look back at the preseason shows that the Redskins were indeed tackling better before the games started counting. According to ProFootballFocus.com they have missed a combined 30 tackles in their two regular season games. In four preseason games they missed 28 tackles and of those, eight were missed by players who were released, put on injured reserve or are currently serving suspensions.
So whatever they were doing in training camp and before the season started seemed to be working. Haslett is trying to get that back while dealing with rules that limit pads and contact in practice.
“You can tackle without pads on. You can work on wrap tackling,” he said. “There are dummies out there, you can do different things.”
Haslett noted that other teams have to work the same rules.
“Obviously the other teams aren’t having this issue so whatever they are doing it’s got to creep into what we’re trying to do,” he said. “We’ll fix that problem. We’ll work at it and continue to try to get better in it.”