ASHBURN, Va. -- Rarely does a third-and-21 play get this much mileage.
A new perspective was added Thursday to one of the most dissected regular-season plays in recent Washington Redskins memory. This time, it was defensive coordinator Jim Haslett stepping to the podium, explaining his decision to call the all-out blitz that backfired during Monday night's loss to the Dallas Cowboys.
"Would you take it back? Of course you would," Haslett said. "Coaches always second-guess themselves. But still it's a great defense. We've run it 10 times in the regular season; we've got nine wins and one loss."
Haslett said he spoke after the game to some Cowboys coaches who conceded the play was a fluke, singlehandedly pulled off by Romo.
"He started running for his life and threw it up in the air," Haslett said. "They made a play and we didn't."
Haslett also agreed with Hall that there shouldn't have been a penalty on the play.
"He hit the facemask, but he never grabbed," Haslett said. "... I didn't think it was a good call."
Immediately after the game, Hall criticized Haslett's decision to call for the all-out blitz. Hall softened his tone Wednesday, but Haslett said there were no hard feelings.
"He's an emotional guy. He's high-strung," Haslett said. "He felt bad about the play, and I understand. Stuff like that doesn't bother me. I played the game; I was probably worse than that."
Haslett also defended the overall play of his defense, which didn't allow a touchdown against the Cowboys and is ranked 16th in the NFL season after finishing 31st last year. While he's aggressive, Haslett said he's not blitz-happy.
"We don't blitz all the time," he said. "It's not like a blitz-fest. There's a good mixture in what we do, and we mix it up pretty good in those situations."
"My thought was, 'The guy needs to get the snap back better,' " Haslett said with a smile.
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