Thursday, September 20, 2012

Haslett, Smith on Staff till 2013

After the beginning to this NFL season, two coaches, Danny Smith and Jim Haslett, have come under fire from Redskins fans. Many have called for one or the other to be fired. Up until today, we thought that one, Jim Haslett, was in the last year of his contract.

Another wrinkle that was thrown into the coaching drama was exposed by Hogs Haven this morning in this article written by Ken Meringolo. Meringolo states that he was given a tip saying that defensive backs coach Raheem Morris was the one calling the defensive plays in the fourth. Evidently, he and Haslett had a disagreement on whether to go zone or man in the secondary and Shanahan settled it by handing the play calls over to Morris.

That led many to believe, and rightfully so, that this was going to be Haslett's last season the Redskins defensive coordinator and that Raheem Morris was going to take over the defensive coordinator position.

For Danny Smith, the special teams recent lack of success, two blocked punts already this season, have led many to also believe that could be on his way out. According to a report by Jason Reid of the Washington Post, however, that is not the case.

Simply put, Shanahan smoldered any rumors of those two not returning next year by saying that they were two of a few assistant coaches that were extended through the 2013 season.

I suppose we could still a shift in defensive play calling go from Haslett to Morris, but I highly doubt that. The two of them might discuss a little more about the game plan, but as far as the actual play calling goes, Haslett will still have that duty as long as he's the defensive coordinator.

Hopefully, the Redskins have put to rest any rumors of coaches changing jobs or getting fired. Arguing between coaches is a part of the game. They will disagree on things during the course of the game and, in the heat of the moment, are likely to be seen in heated discussions.

I don't think that there is any reason to read into this too much. Doing that will only cause a headache. The Redskins have their coaching staff for the next two years (maybe more).

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Source(s): Hogs Haven, The Washington Post