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Landry On His New Role In DC Haslett’s 3-4 Scheme

In his own words, here is LaRon Landry explaining his role in the new Redskins 3-4 defense and what the difference will be for him transitioning back to strong safety this year:

“Last year was a bad season for me. Coming into this year, I know if I don’t put out, I possibly won’t be here. This is my game. Last couple of seasons, man, it just . . . it wasn’t good.

People ask you, ‘How’s it going?’ ‘How’s it going?’ Of course, I was frustrated. I know I was capable of doing more than I did last year. Not even midway through the season I knew, ‘Ah, man, it’s gonna be a tough one.’ . . . But I’m not going to go against the coach. I’ve got to do what they tell me to do.

And I don’t want to be one of those guys who can’t be coached. It’s nothing against coach Blache, nothing at all; it’s just his package. That’s just his style of coaching and you have to live with it and play through it. He had the mentality of, ‘Okay, it’s one on one, line up and beat your man.’ With that mind-set . . . it’s hard. You’ve got great quarterbacks that we go against every week and great offensive coordinators that we go against every week. They’re going to notice that.

You could do what we did in certain situations. Yeah, you can do that. But every down? You definitely can’t do it every down. That’s how you get picked apart and you saw that. You saw what happened. But you can’t blame it all on him, though. That’s just his style. It’s not all on coach Blache. Players got to play, too.

I don’t like to get into a fuss with fans and the writers, but everybody was making a big deal about me being close to the line when, really, it was just about the scheme. When coach Williams was here, with his package, I made the transition from strong to free easy because it was basically the same thing. And that’s how Haslett’s defense is. It’s basically the same thing. I’m going to end up in the middle of the field and I’m still the strong safety. Last year with Blache it was predominantly, ‘Okay, you’re a free safety. You’re a free safety.’ You’re going to be center field and that’s it.’ And that’s the whole thing. When everybody made a big fuss about strong or free . . . that’s not the way it was for me. It was all about the scheme.”

CB DeAngello Hall weighed in on Landry’s transition as well:

“What [Haslett] asked LaRon to do was show he was all in with trying to build something great here, and that’s what he did. And with what Has wants from his safeties . . . you about to see something from [LaRon]. You gonna see a whole lot. You better believe it.”

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2 Responses to “Landry On His New Role In DC Haslett’s 3-4 Scheme”

  1. skins fan says:

    who is haskett?

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