Jim Haslett Concerned With Brandon Meriweather’s Tackling
The Redskins’ defensive coordinator said Thursday he’s concerned with the way the free safety has been tackling after he was penalized twice and suspended for a pattern of illegal hits.
BY ZAC BOYER
ASHBURN – In the wake of Brandon Meriweather’s suspension for repeated hits to players’ heads and necks, defensive coordinator Jim Haslett said Thursday he’s worried about the way the free safety has been tackling.
“I was more concerned with the style of which he was tackling more than the fine or whatever,” Haslett said. “I’m concerned with him doing a better job of wrapping his arms, bringing a guy down and not launching.”
Meriweather was flagged for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Bears receiver Alshon Jeffery in the third quarter of the Redskins’ victory on Sunday, then was flagged for a hit on a defenseless receiver – Brandon Marshall – in the fourth quarter.
Haslett was especially perturbed by the penalties because they added 15 yards to drives that resulted in touchdowns for the Bears. The hit on Meriweather moved the Bears from first-and-goal from the Redskins’ 14-yard line to a first down at the 7-yard line.
The Redskins do not tackle live in practice out of fear of injuring their players, but they work on tackling drills extensively during training camp and during the week.
Haslett said from those drills, Meriweather should, by now, have an idea of the proper method to tackle.
“We do a good job teaching our guys what the league is asking you to do from that standpoint, but obviously, it didn’t work in his case,” Haslett said. “We’ve got to do better. We’ve got to eliminate the penalties, because that hurt us more than anything from a team standpoint last week in the game.”