Redskins coach Mike Shanahan told the media covering the Saints in a conference call that he expects to face a Saints team on Sunday with Sean Payton's stamp all over it - despite the suspended coach being away from the franchise for 2012.
Here's what he said:
"You just take a look at what they have been doing over the last number of years, not just last year. They have been very effective, efficient, almost number one in every category. That is a combination of a lot of people on the same page. They will continue to do that. They have a system in effect, both in the running game and in the passing game. They have a philosophy, they’ve got their players back and that is what you try to do as a head coach. Sean (Payton) has done a great job of implementing that and having his coaches follow in his footsteps."
Shanahan also talked about former Saints coach Jim Haslett, his defensive coordinator:
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“I knew of Jim in his playing days and his coaching days, but we had not spent really any time together at all until the year I was out (of coaching). I spent a little time with Jim, just talking some football. When the opportunity came, I talked to Jim, I wanted to go to that type of defense. He was available and it worked out.”