By Rich Tandler
One of the complaints that Redskins fans had about Sunday’s win over the Giants was the play of safety Reed Doughty. He was in for injured strong safety LaRon Landry and his issues started in the first quarter when New York receiver Hakeem Nicks got behind him and hauled in Eli Manning’s pass to set up the Giants’ first touchdown.
Today defensive coordinator Jim Haslett defended his player. “It’s not strictly one guy’s fault,” he said when asked about the play. “We didn’t get a good rush that time, the quarterback stepped up in the pocket and the No. 1 thing you don’t want Eli to do is step up and throw the ball.
“We got too high as a defensive end, the tackles were washed, the quarterback stepped up and started running and chucked it.”
Haslett did not try to make the case that Doughty was without blame on the play. “Obviously, Reed took his eyes off the guy and tried to make a play, but we had three guys over the top of two,” he said.
However, Haslett again emphasized that all of the blame should not fall on Doughty. “I know everybody has been killing Reed on the play, but it’s not all Reed’s fault because when you have that much time to throw a pass, you’re going to complete balls in this league.”