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Jim Haslett news conference transcript 12.26.13

Jim Haslett news conference transcript 12.26.13

Transcript from Redskins PR

On how the rumors about his job security affect his family:

“First of all, this is my 30th year – coaching, playing – so I’ve kind of seen it all and gone through it. I think it’s just really kind of part of the job that comes up when you come with this kind of record that we have right now. I don’t worry about it. I truly try to focus in on the job –trying to win, play well on defense and trying to win a game. Whatever happens on Monday, Tuesday, or whenever that happens – I haven’t been through this yet from that standpoint, so I’ll find out. But that’s kind of part of it. It’s not the good part, because people don’t understand it does involve more than just me, it involves my wife, kids, it involves – there’s families involved, so when you’re talking about 22 coaches, there’s a lot more people than just 22 coaches that get involved. You’re talking about moving families, moving kids, different schools, all that stuff – the ugly part of football.”

On how he would have reacted to the rumors when he was younger:

“Well, Chick, I’d probably tell you to go stick it, you know, knowing that’s what you guys do. That’s kind of part – that’s talk radio. But back then, my first [job] as a head coach I was 41-years-old, it was a little different than it is now. I went through Katrina and all that stuff, so things are a little different – still ugly, but that’s part of it.”

On if he has ever experienced a drop-off from the highs of one season to the lows of the next like these past two years:

“When I was playing, we had like three to four years in a row where we were really good. Then the USFL came in and kind of took some of our players and we fell to 3-13, so that was probably the greatest [drop-off]…But as a player, you’re in your own little world, so you just worry about yourself. You don’t worry about everything else around you – a little different.”

On his biggest drop-off from one season to the next as a coach:

“I was with Chuck Knox playing when he left and went to a new team. I was coaching with Coach [Jim] Mora when he left – when he was in New Orleans – left. But that’s middle-of-the-season stuff. I coached in St. Louis when I became the coach halfway through, so I’ve never been through it completely the whole way.”

On if his defense still does not have the proper personnel to play in a 3-4 defensive scheme:

“Well, take a couple of things into account. I think people have to look at the salary cap issues. You don’t have $36 million over two years to address needs, I think there’s a trickle-down effect. One, it either affects players on the offense/defense and it affects you special teams. Obviously, you can see that and not having that. The first two years, we had no free agency, so I mean, there’s different things that play into it. I do think we have the nucleus to have a good team. I’ll give you this – I’ll give you some numbers, all right, because you guys are number guys. Our first three games of the year, we were awful. We gave up 440 [yards], 580, 441. Do the last 12 games, rank us and see where we’re at, because we’re about 327, which puts you about eighth in the NFL, not including the first three. You can say what you want. I look at the way we played the last 12 games and it’s been pretty good. Maybe we haven’t had the ideal guys, exactly what you want, but they’ve played pretty well. You guys can figure all those numbers out. 

On if being in Washington has been a rewarding experience:

“I look at the positive part. I look at it took us three years, we won the division championship, something they haven’t done around here in 14 years, so I’ll take that as a plus. Obviously, we had high expectations this year, didn’t fall the way you want. But I think anytime, especially in the division you’re in, if you can win that division, something they haven’t done in 14 years, I would say that’s a positive experience.”

On if he expects to be in Washington next season:

“You know what, I don’t make those decisions. Would I like to be here? Of course, I like being around here. I like the players. I like you guys. I like the fans. Obviously, the fans are awesome. I think this is a great organization. It’s a shame that we couldn’t do what we did last year and win our division – that’s the negative. Yeah, sure, I’d love to be here. You’d like to continue to build and now you have the chance, with all the salary cap money, I think you can add pieces and have a pretty good football team.”

On which pieces need to be added to improve the defense:

“Well, I’ve got one more game left to play with the guys we got. We’re going to go out there and try to play our best. Maybe we’ll talk about that next week or whenever.”

On if linebacker Brandon Jenkins has received a fair evaluation through 29 snaps so far this season:

“No, you can’t give a fair evaluation on a guy like that yet. To be honest with you, it takes a couple years to learn to play that position. You’re talking about a guy that’s played with his hand in the dirt his whole life, and then all of a sudden you stand him up. That’s not a natural thing to cover, drop, do all those type of things. When I was in Pittsburgh, it took Joey Porter three years. It takes guys a few years to learn it. I think Brandon will be a guy that can step in and play here in another year or so, but to say that we gave him a fair evaluation this year, no, I can’t say that.”

On the importance of bringing back linebacker Brian Orakpo:

“I think he is – if not the best player on the defense – I think you have to have him back no matter what. I think he’s a heck of a football player. He can do everything for you, not just – like I said, he’s a good pass rusher, he can cover, he’s really good in the run game, he’s a good person, he’s a team guy. He’ll do anything you ask him to do. He’s never balked at anything. You ask him to drop into coverage. You get some of those guys who complain about it. He’s not one of those guys. He just wants to win games. I think he’s great for an organization.”

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New free agent Doug Martin unlikely fix to Redskins' woeful run game

New free agent Doug Martin unlikely fix to Redskins' woeful run game

News broke that the Tampa Bay Bucaneers released former Pro Bowl running back Doug Martin, and while the name certainly triggers value, his play of the last two seasons should calm the excitement. 

Since a 2015 season where Martin rushed for 1,400 yards and averaged nearly 5 yards-per-carry in 16 games, Martin has been suspended, undergone substance abuse rehab and missed games due to injury.

In the last two seasons, Martin has played in 16 of 32 games, rushed for 827 yards and averaged less than 3 yards-per-carry.

Over his six year NFL career with the Bucs, Martin has only played two full seasons. Those two seasons were great, in 2012 and 2015, but the other four have been largely disappointing. 

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The Redskins averaged just 3.6 yards-per-carry last season, and could definitely use a boost in the run game. It's entirely possible Washington might look to upgrade their offensive backfield this offseason, either in free agency or in the 2018 NFL Draft, but Martin does not look like the player to help. 

Early in the 2017 season, it appeared the Redskins run game might be a strength for the offense. After a disappointing effort on the ground to open the year in a loss to the Eagles, the Redskins rushed for at least 111 yards in their next three contests, including nearly 230 yards on the ground in a Week 2 win over the Rams. 

Injuries undid the run game, as Rob Kelley got hurt and the offensive line lost players too. Over the course of the season, rookie Samaje Perine sustained minor injuries and Chris Thompson was lost for the year with a broken leg. 

Going into 2018, Kelley, Perine, Thompson and Kapri Bibbs are all on the roster and expected for now to stay with the team. Yet another reason why the Redskins are likely to stay away from Doug Martin.

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Need to Know: Redskins' Junior Galette will be a valued free agent

Need to Know: Redskins' Junior Galette will be a valued free agent

Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, February 20, 22 days before NFL free agency starts.

I’m out this week so I’ll be re-posting some of the best and most popular articles of the past few months. Some may have slightly dated information but the major points in the posts still stand. Thanks for reading, as always.

Galette to be a valued free agent

Originally published 12/13/17

Like the Redskins, the Broncos are no longer relevant in 2017. Both teams’ fan bases have started to look towards the coming offseason.

To give their readers what they want, the Denver Post published an article by Mike Renner of Pro Football Focus that discussed some of the top pending free agents who have done the most to increase their values in the past year. There were two Redskins named, one you would expect to see on such a list and one that might surprise some people.

Kirk Cousins is at the top of the list. “The Washington signal-caller is grading as a top-10 quarterback (82.8), and soon he’ll have the long-term contract of one,” Renner wrote. “Only this time its value will be exponentially higher than any one he would have signed back when he first became a free agent in 2016.”

But the surprising name is that of Junior Galette. After missing the last two seasons with two torn Achilles tendons, he played this year on a one-year, $800,000 deal. And while he hasn’t been on fire in the sack department with just two on the year, he has been getting pressure on the passer.

“He’s accumulated the 27th-highest pass-rushing grade of any edge defender this season, but in only 264 snaps,” wrote Renner. “At 29 years of age, it’s doubtful he ever gets back to the level of the contract that he once had on the table with New Orleans. With how he’s played this season though, some pass-rush-needy team will pay handsomely for his services.”

One team that could be considered to be pass rush needy is the Redskins. Preston Smith is the starter and supposedly one of the Redskins’ top pass rushers. But in 100 fewer pass rush snaps this year, Galette has only three fewer quarterback hits than Smith and six more hurries.

And after missing those two seasons, Galette has remained healthy. Although he was limited with a hamstring during much of the preseason, he has not missed a practice or appeared on an injury report this year.

But would the Redskins be willing to pay him “handsomely”? Perhaps a good comp would be Connor Barwin, who moved from the Eagles to the Rams this past offseason at the age of 31. He had five sacks in Philly in 2016. That got him a one-year deal worth $3.5 million.

Barwin likely will have more sacks on his ledger going into free agency so let’s say Galette could command around $3 million. Perhaps he could offer Washington a bit of a hometown discount and agree to something in the $2.75 million range. If that is the case, the Redskins would be smart to keep him around for another year.

Plenty of things could alter the equation. If Galette gets hot in the last three games and posts a few more sacks his price could rise. With Smith and Ryan Kerrigan both back next year, perhaps Galette will want to go somewhere that he might get more playing time.

The details need to be sorted out but don’t be surprised if Galette gets a lot of attention in free agency, as much as teams need pass rush, and if the Redskins have to make a very tough decision about how much he is worth.

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page Facebook.com/TandlerNBCS and follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.

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Days until:

—NFL Combine (3/1) 9
—NFL Draft (4/26) 65
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 201