Biggs: Haslett won't commit to 3-4 switch, yet
The Washington Redskins officially introduced Jim Haslett as their new defensive coordinator this afternoon but he was not ready to introduce exactly what kind of scheme he will be employing.
League insiders have said that Haslett will convert the Redskins to a 3-4 scheme under new coach Mike Shanahan, but it’s at least publicly up in the air at this point. Signs indicate they will. Washington hired Lou Spanos as its linebackers coach. He’s a longtime defensive assistant for the Pittsburgh Steelers. There have been subtle personnel moves over the second half of the season that have suggested this switch might be on the way too.
"I think the 3-4 is a good fit for them,” Haslett told reporters in a teleconference. “Guys like (outside linebacker-defensive end Brian( Orakpo, he could really do it. (Defensive tackle Albert) Haynesworth could do it. London (Fletcher, the middle linebacker) has done it before, I think (linebacker) Rocky (McIntosh) could do it. I think (defensive end Andre) Carter could be a good rush linebacker, but he's a good defensive end, too. Those are all things we'll go through.
"I think you got the personnel to do whatever you want. You got to decide what angle you want to go. The secondary doesn't make a difference, but I think you got to decide what's best to run for you to be effective.”
We’ll see what they choose to do. Obviously, getting Haynesworth to buy into whatever program they choose to run is going to be the key. It all starts up front on defense whether it’s a 3-4, 4-3 or any other combination of numbers you want to use.
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