Would Haslett consider 3-4 for Redskins?

Posted Jan. 14, 2010 @ 1:31 p.m.
Posted By Eric Edholm

One of the interesting possibilities for new Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett could be the inclusion of some 3-4 looks and schemes in Washington. Don't get your hopes up too quickly, but Haslett's background does include some 3-4 experience — he was a coordinator with the Steelers from 1997-99 when they ran that defense — and there is some buzz the Redskins might look into this. On first glance, the Redskins have some personnel that could fit. Rookie Pro Bowl OLB-DE Brian Orakpo was considered strongly by many 3-4 teams and would fit the DeMarcus Ware-esque rushing role. Andre Carter, a down lineman in Washington, stood up in the 3-4 in San Francisco. London Fletcher and Rocky McIntosh could be the inside 'backers. But what do you do up front? Albert Haynesworth has the requisite size to play on the nose, perhaps the toughest spot to fill in the 3-4, but is that where he's best? Perhaps Anthony Montgomery could be the nose, but is he one of the team's three best linemen? The draft also could help answer some of these questions, but it's all hypothetical at this point.


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