ASHBURN, Va. -- A little cleaning out of the notebook:
Defensive coordinator Jim Haslett defended Bacarri Rambo's day -- but not necessarily the big play he allowed for a 76-yard touchdown in the 17-6 loss to Houston. Rambo was far from the only one who messed up on the play. The coaches and players have pointed out that others blew their coverage. There was no cornerback to his side after the snap -- DeAngelo Hall had started to the other side. But Rambo capped it by missing a tackle. Haslett also said Rambo missed a tackle on a run fit, though he liked that he was being aggressive. "He played 54 plays and had two bad plays," Haslestt said. "One happened to be a bad, bad play. It’s unfortunate, because the 52 other plays were darn good ... Eliminate that one from the game and you’d say he played a pretty good game."
The Redskins aren’t sure how much safety Duke Ihenacho will be able to play Sunday. They did not use him from scrimmage in the opener, one week after claiming him off waivers. He is a natural strong safety (Rambo is a natural free safety) so they would like to be able to play him. The question is, will he play Sunday? Ihenacho is still adjusting to a new defense. "It’s not that easy to get someone ready," Haslett said.
Redskins nose tackle Chris Neild had surgery to repair his torn ACL Thursday. He said he expects to be recovered sometime in the spring.
Linebacker Keenan Robinson said the coaches compared Jacksonville quarterback Chad Henne to Houston’s Ryan Fitzpatrick. "A guy who’s been around a while," Robinson said. "He’s a guy if you let him sit back in the pocket and get comfortable, he can hurt you. We have to attack him, make him uncomfortable in the pocket so his reads aren’t always clear and force them into turnovers."