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Jim Haslett Full Transcript: 12/5

Posted Dec 5, 2013

On Thursday, November 21, 2013, Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett addressed the media after an afternoon practice at Redskins Park in Ashburn, VA.

On Thursday, November 21, 2013, Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett addressed the media after an afternoon practice at Redskins Park in Ashburn, VA.

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On how much linebacker London Fletcher’s ankle injury will affect him:
“I don’t think it will affect him that much. He does a good job of managing his body. He’ll be ready to play in the game.”
 
On if ever wonders if Fletcher’s injuries will affect his status:
“No, I kind of gave up the first year on that one because he doesn’t miss anything. So he’ll be fine.”
 
On how the Chiefs compare to past teams led by Andy Reid:
“Yeah, they’re similar, very similar. They’ve got great weapons on offense, really good offensive line, receivers that can run – they’re really fast. They’ve got two really good running backs. I think they’re exceptional. They’ve got great skill people on offense.”
 
On the development and potential of rookie cornerback David Amerson and rookie safety Bacarri Rambo:
“I’m not really sure how to answer the whole question, but I think they’ve made great strides during the season. Again, David Amerson’s a young guy. He’s 20-years-old and he’ll be 21. Bacarri’s got great ball skills – a guy that can cover and run. Those two guys, I think both of them have made a lot of strides from game one to where they are now.”
 
On specific areas in which Amerson and Rambo have improved:
“No, I think they’ve improved in all areas. To me, it’s more of an understanding of what the league’s about and the formations and the shifts and who you’re getting and the matchups and all those combinations. They’re just young guys and I think they’re going to be good players down the road. That’s what I believe.”
 
On how close Rambo is to being a guy he can trust:
“Well, we put him in there the last four weeks playing Nickel and Dime mostly more than just the base stuff. That’s just something that’ll come with time. He’s done a good job in those areas.”
 
On linebacker Brian Orakpo’s increased sack totals in recent weeks:
“Probably you guys badgering him the first couple games saying he’s not getting any, now you can turn it and flip it on Ryan [Kerrigan]. But the real reason is when you miss a year of football and you come back, it doesn’t click in right away. It takes a little bit of time. He’s done a good job in both areas. Beginning of the year, he got chipped, hit and all that. He’s still getting it, but he has an understanding of how to beat all those things. Ryan obviously started off hot. Those things come in bunches. Those guys, both of them, will end up with over 10 sacks.”
 
On the impact of mental obstacles in recovering from a torn pectoral muscle:
“I think that, again, that comes with time when you miss a whole year and then you come back. It’s all about timing and how to beat guys and all those situations, but I think he’s turned the corner. He’s not just doing a great job on the rush. Both of those guys, him and Ryan, are awesome against tight ends. That’s why other teams are having a hard time running on us. Those two are really handling the edges where you kind of limit where you can run the ball.”
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