Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett hasn't come right out and said he's installing a 3-4 scheme, but everything's pointing in that direction. Haslett sat down with Larry Michael on "Inside the Redskins" for a conversation this past week.
"We're aggressive," Haslett says, when asked to characterize his defensive scheme. "We're gonna try to have fun. I think guys are gonna enjoy what they do; we're gonna do a lot, a lot more than what they've done in the past. I think we're gonna be sound in what we're doing, but more than anything I think we're gonna try to be a defense that gets some turnovers. We just haven't had a lot of turnovers here the last two years, and I think that's what wins games. You get the ball back to the offense, and the more turnovers the better. We just haven't done a lot of it these last two years on this team."
That has to be music to the ears of Redskins fans. The defense has looked good in the final rankings the past couple of seasons, but the lack of takeaways and big plays has been an issue. Haslett believes that if you hit the quarterback enough, the turnovers will come. I'm anxious to see Brian Orakpo get the opportunity to rush the quarterback even more in 2010. Haslett knows how to put players in the best position to make plays. He's spent the past three weeks watching film of every game in '09.
Now he'll be anxious to get the players on the field in early May. The OTAs and minicamps will be more important than ever for the Skins.