Dialing Up Confusion On Defense

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After each game, coaches have an opportunity to review plays with the league offices, in order to get an explanation for a call.  Since the league began enforcing stricter interpretations of player safety rules, this process has become critical for teams and players to learn the proper way to hit.

“I don’t know what it is, I really don’t. I don’t know what’s legal and what’s not legal,” admitted Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett.  “I tell our guys to take your shot and try to keep your head up and do it right. Wrap your arms and don’t drive them to the ground. I don’t know what else you can say.”

Haslett had an interesting theory for cutting down on situations where defenders get flagged: make offenses more responsible.

“To me, I’d fine the quarterback for a bad throw,” he offered.  “Half the time on those crossing routes, the corners get called for contact when you hit.  It’s all subjective.”

With all of that being said, Haslett doesn’t begrudge the logic behind player safety, and wants his own players to be safe.  But that doesn’t make it any less frustrating to coach proper technique.

“Obviously, the league has done a great job in trying to help players’ safety,” he said.  “I just tell the guys to keep your head up, wrap your arms around and run through them. I don’t know what else you can say to be honest with you.”

Check out his full press conference below:
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