Then there was that whole "leaking all our offseason plans" thing, and London's apparent hesitance to re-sign with the team because of a strained relationship with Haz. And the hiccups and cracks I saw in the foundation in 2011 have shown up in spades this season.
Injuries happen. The great coordinators, on offense and on defense, adjust. Before the bye, Haslett played a gutless style of defense, praying he wouldn't get beat and forcing his defense to do the one thing they aren't built to do; cover for extended periods of time in zone coverage. He's been better since the bye, but he still hasn't been that good.
We outright whooped the Cowboys ass in the first half on Thanksgiving. Then we get late in the game and Tony and Dez made one play, and what happens? We play soft. We play zone. We play not to get beat. We play simple coverages, we play simple blitz concepts. And Romo threw the Cowboys right back into the game. Versus the Giants, we started off the game passive; rush four or five, drop everyone else, pray we don't get beat. It took London firing up the troops and the linebackers basically begging Haz to bring the heat to turn that game around. Once again in the first half versus the Ravens, we played soft, we played not to get beat, and Joe Flacco lit the defense up. And once again with prodding from the players to turn it up, they played better in the second half. We played prevent defense versus Foles and the Eagles in the fourth quarter and they damn near came back to beat us if Foles puts the ball in a slightly better place for Maclin.
Haz doesn't call defense with any confidence in his players, and so his players don't play with confidence until London or someone else on that defense fires them up. That's the sign of a bad coordinator. You don't have to be a rah-rah guy, you don't have to pat all your guys on the back, but players have to believe you're putting them in position to win. Players have spoken up numerous times about why they don't like running Cover 0. Particularly our guys in the secondary, who all do better when they know where their safety help is (or is supposed to be). And yet we still run it all the time. We've been burnt on 3rd and long by running Cover 0 several times, and yet Haslett still does it.
The players don't believe their being put in position to make plays, and when you watch the tape, you see that they're not. They're not being properly prepared, the gameplans haven't been solid, and truth be told, the two better games Haz has called was against a rookie quarterback getting his first start on a team on the verge of an epic rebuilding process, and the ****ing Browns, who...well, are the Browns.
If Haz somehow coordinated a Top 10 defense, I'd be shocked, but adequately satisfied. But he hasn't, so it doesn't matter.