The Washington Redskins’ defense let another fourth quarter lead escape, this time in Week Seven against the New York Giants. After the latest fiasco, Redskins’ fans have to wonder if Washington defensive coordinator Jim Haslett is in jeopardy of losing his job. While that might be a hasty decision, the case against Haslett is so far pretty convincing.
Washington has blown fourth quarter leads in all four of their losses in 2012. Their secondary remains unable to stop the aerial attack of opposing offenses, constantly giving up big plays. This was most evident against the Giants, when New York wide receiver Victor Cruz ran by Washington cornerback Josh Wilson and safety Madieu Williams on his way to a game winning touchdown for the Giants.
It’s an occurrence seen far too often this season. An opposing receiver, with ball in hand, sprints by Wilson, who once again makes a futile attempt to tackle the receiver from behind. However, against Cruz, Wilson had help from Williams. It didn’t matter. Cruz literally cruised his way into the end zone, and celebrated with his customary salsa dance, leaving Wilson and Williams behind in his wake.
The Redskins’ defensive performance late in the Giants’ game ruined a valiant performance by Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III. Defensive coordinator Haslett must come up with a defensive scheme that can contain opposing offenses. While the Redskins’ offense has proven to be prolific in scoring points, the defense seems to be even more prolific in allowing points.
The irony is that the Washington defense has recorded an interception in each of the first seven games, including one by Wilson against the Giants. Despite the sometimes opportunistic ways of its defense, the Redskins cannot expect Griffin III and the offense to engage in scoring shootouts each week. If the defense doesn’t improve, Haslett could soon be relieved of his defensive coordinator duties.