If there was any furor over DeAngelo Hall's "I'm going where the [bleeping] ball is" comments from Monday, Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett appeared to put it to rest with his statements after today's practice at Redskins Park.
"The good corners, that I've been around, they all have [Hall's] mentality," Haslett said. "You know, I give him credit for saying that. He's playing at a high level."
When asked if it was feasible for Hall to always match up against the other team's top receiver, which might involve switching sides with Carlos Rogers during a game, Haslett said "There are some things you can and can't do that are based on formations [but] all good corners have that type of ability [to alternate sides]. We're open to changing anything."
Haslett also addressed the number of blitzes he called during last Sunday's 30-27 overtime loss to Houston. "The only blitz I would take back was the screen pass," he said, referring to this 50-yard catch-and-run by Arian Foster of the Texans, which set up a Houston touchdown and started the Texans' 20-point comeback.
Haslett also lavished praise on St. Louis RB Steven Jackson, who he got to know first as the Rams defensive coordinator (a job he held from 2006-08), then as interim head coach (2008-09):
"The first time I met [Jackson], I was meeting with our defense, and they were all like 5-9, 5-10. Then I saw this big guy come down the hall, and I thought he was a big linebacker. Then he introduced himself and said, 'I'm Steven Jackson.' I'm like, 'You've gotta be kidding me, he's bigger than our whole defense.'"
On Sunday, it'll be the job of Haslett's defense to stop him.