LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — Fred Smoot believes it’s time for the Washington Redskins to move in a different coaching direction, beginning with defensive coordinator Jim Haslett.
Smoot, who joined 106.7 The Fan’s Holden Kushner and Danny Rouhier Monday morning, has gone on record saying that he refuses to address Haslett by anything other than ‘Jim’ until the defense begins to improve. After a 21-13 loss to the Carolina Panthers, the former Redskins cornerback says he’s seen enough and the team needs to make a change heading during the bye week.
“Get him out of here, I think right now you get Jim Haslett out of here,” said Smoot. “He hasn’t been anything special. He hasn’t found a way to get a (Ryan) Kerrigan loose. He hasn’t found a way to make it easier for the players. He hasn’t found a way to win any games. So, therefore I get a fresh start. I do (it) now… I do that to send a message.”
After declaring the Panthers game a must-win, Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan delivered defeated remarks during his post game press conference.
“When you lose a game like that, now you’re playing to see who, obviously, is going to be on your football team for years to come,” Mike Shanahan said after the loss.
Smoot interpreted these comments as those of a coach who has given up on his team. He thinks in the offseason, the Redskins need to give up on Mike Shanahan.
“You don’t haven’t to go around and tell guys that now we’re going to start to look at young guys,” said Smoot. “Why would you look at young guys when you’re already playing them all? You’ve got so many people that are hurt. You should have been doing evaluations. You should have been looking for guys to fill certain slots. So, now I think that’s irrelevant and I think he went a bad way of doing it. I think that speech lost a lot of players yesterday.”
“I think this coach has already made it very, very clear that he’s only going to be here for the next year or two anyway,” said Smoot. “So the thing I want to make is a clean break while my rookie is still very young and he can be developed.”
Should Shanahan leave Washington, one current NFC East coach who could potentially serve as a replacement is Andy Reid of the Philadelphia Eagles. Smoot believes that Reid would do away with all of the gimmicks in the current Redskins offense and allow Griffin to blossom as a passer.
“That’s why I’m looking at an Andy Reid,” said Smoot. “Think about what you’ve got with an Andy Reid combination with RGIII. He’s actually going to get to play quarterback with a coach like that. Not running back, not receiver, not doing all this stuff. He will get to play quarterback.”
The Redskins will be facing Reid’s Eagles when they return from their bye in Week 11.