…Defensive coordinator Jim Haslett said hearing coach Mike Shanahan say no changes would be made to the staff during the bye week does not change his approach.
“I do what I do,” Haslett said. “I come to work, I work hard, I do the best I can with what we got, try to put these guys in position to win games and be successful on defense. That’s all I really can do.”
…Wide receiver Pierre Garcon isn’t sure whether or not he’ll be able to return for the Nov. 18 game vs. Philadelphia, which he and the Redskins had targeted. Garcon hasn’t played since Oct. 7 vs. Atlanta and has appeared in only three games all season because of a torn Planter plate under the second toe on his right foot.
“I’ll try to go after the bye and see how it feels, but I’m still trying to get as much pain out of it as we can,” Garcon said. “It’s getting better. I’m trying to put more force on it, walking around every day with orthotics in my shoes and trying to give it more push. It’s still not what it needs to be.”
If his foot does not heal sufficiently over the next couple weeks, surgery is an option.
“We’re trying to avoid that at all costs,” he said. “Sometimes you have to be realistic and be like, just have it and hopefully it’s a successful surgery and you recover from it.”
…Right tackle Jammal Brown, who has been on the physically unable to perform list since training camp started, has been cleared to return to practice. Brown underwent surgery on Aug. 23 to remove a ligament from his hip area, which he said has helped him feel considerably better. Tyler Polumbus has started the first nine games at right tackle and, until Sunday, had played better of late. But until the coaches have seen Brown practice, it’s uncertain if or when he’ll return to the lineup.
…The Redskins cut corner David Jones and promoted corner D.J. Johnson off the practice squad. The Redskins cut Jones this summer only to re-sign him on Sept. 25, largely because of his special teams work. Rookie corner Richard Crawford had made some mistakes on special teams early in the season, one reason Jones had been re-signed.
… Long snapper Nick Sundberg, who broke his left arm in the season opener vs. New Orleans, was activated off the injured reserve/designated to return list Tuesday. The Redskins cut long snapper Justin Snow. Sundberg returned to practice on Oct. 24.
…Haslett said the Redskins were in three-deep coverage on the 82-yard pass play in Sunday’s 21-13 loss vs. Carolina, meaning corner Josh Wilson should have stayed on the outside to cover receiver Armanti Edwards.
Wilson ran with the outside receiver, who ran a post route. Safety Madieu Williams was in the middle and would have had him covered. Corner DeAngelo Hall took the tight end who ran into the flat.
“We worked it all week,” Haslett said. “We didn’t see it right….We should have tackled him for a 20-yard gain.”
…Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said the plan Sunday was to have Aldrick Robinson and Leonard Hankerson rotate every two plays throughout the game. So it wasn’t as if Hankerson played more because Robinson dropped the first pass thrown his way.
…Shanahan on the line having to block so much in the pocket on straight dropbacks: “The hardest thing to do for any team is to drop back and go against some of these D-linemen. Teams that do it too much, usually it comes back to get you. A lot of teams haven’t won Super Bowls by just dropping back adn throwing. Teams have done it, but it usually catches up to you at some time. It’s a lot easier when you’re sliding everyone together and you can do some play-pass and get them to play the run. When D-linemen are playing the pass, it’s usually a tough game.”
Yes it is: The Panthers D-line could play the pass; the Panthers recorded four sacks.