Because of the Redskins’ media schedule, it wasn’t until Thursday before practice that defensive coordinator Jim Haslett met with reporters to discuss, among other things, DeAngelo Hall’s non-effort on a play against New England.
Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski shed DeJon Gomes and Reed Doughty for a 49-yard gain (39 after the catch) to set up his 11-yard touchdown catch in the first quarter.
Coach Mike Shanahan said, “I know [Hall] was embarrassed by it as was our entire football team.”
On Thursday, Haslett said: “It was embarrassing. It was obviously poor play. You’ve got two safeties missing the tackle and a couple of guys – and it wasn’t just DeAngelo – that kind of slowed down and thought the play was done because it looked that way.
“That’s not us. Against Seattle, we were flying to the ball the whole game. We had eight, nine guys in the frame all the time. … To me, that play was probably the most disappointing of all because we could have had him down and we could have eliminated that play.”
Haslett’s biggest problem with the performance against New England wasn’t the non-tackling as much as the missed tackles.
“I think we did a lot of good things – the poorest thing we did was tackling,” he said. “You don’t have to be a brain surgeon to figure that out. We covered well, I thought our corners were outstanding covering, we matched up on the running backs and the tight ends, I thought we actually stayed close.”
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