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Coach’s Turn: Jim Haslett At The Mic

Posted by Stephen Czarda on September 5, 2013 – 12:15 pm

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One of the biggest storylines to follow in Monday night’s clash is going to be how Jim Haslett’s 3-4 defense, bolstered by a revamped secondary, will perform against an enigmatic Philadelphia Eagles offense.  While the Eagles still have the same pieces in place from Super Bowl or bust expectations two seasons ago, possibilities are abound with innovative college turned NFL head coach Chip Kelly.

In June, well before the team’s successful Richmond training camp experience that saw the team form an undeniable bond amongst each other, Haslett talked about the importance of his defensive core remaining intact.

“To me, the good defenses in the league, in the NFL, usually have been together for a while and they’ve played together.”

While his team has yet to play a meaningful game in terms of wins and losses, the defense shone brightest during the preseason, stonewalling seasoned running backs and minimalizing big players through the air. Part of that may be due to keeping the core of the unit for several years now and showing improvements from where they started when Haslett was hired in 2010.

Anyway, Haslett spoke to the media just a few minutes ago about combating the Eagles’ up-tempo offense. Here’s what he had to say:

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