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Jim Haslett Not Concerned About Job After Mike Shanahan’s Show Of Confidence
ASHBURN – Washington Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett said on Tuesday that he’s “going to do what I do” during the bye week and will not let a sagging defense and the public outcry over his job status affect him.
“I come to work, I work hard, I do the best I can with what we got and try to put these guys in position to win games and be successful on defense,” Haslet said. “That’s all really I can do.”
Haslett oversees a defense that, after nine games, has allowed 397.9 yards – the fifth-highest total in the league. The pass defense has been the downfall; Washington has surrendered 301.7 yards a game through the air.
The bye week is typically a time when teams spend additional time evaluating their personnel, especially with regards to coaches. Philadelphia defensive coordinator Juan Castillo was fired during the Eagles’ bye week, while Carolina general manager Marty Hurney was fired as the Panthers returned from their week off.
But Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan sternly said Monday “there will be no changes” to the coaching staff during the week the team is not preparing for a game.
“We’ll do everything we can, as I said before, to evaluate the things that we’ve done right and wrong,” Shanahan said. “We’ll study the personnel and try to make the right changes that give us the best chance to win.”