Haslett thinks Fletcher looks the same as always

Haslett thinks Fletcher looks the same as always
August 15, 2013, 2:15 pm
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RICHMOND—If Redskins linebacker London Fletcher is slowing down at age 38, defensive coordinator Jim Haslett says it’s not apparent to him.

“He’s amazing to me,” Haslett said. “He’s like a coach on the field. He hasn’t missed a beat.”

Fletcher, who is entering his 16th season in the NFL, had the first surgical procedures of his career during the offseason – one on his elbow, the other on an ankle that slowed him the second half of the 2012 season.

Although he’s received a few of veteran days during training camp, Haslett said he has no doubts that Fletcher will be ready to produce Week 1. In that game against the Eagles, Fletcher will assume the streak for most consecutive games among active players. (He’s currently played in 240.) 

“He looks the same to me as he always has,” Haslett said. “I don’t see any difference in his speed, his quickness, strength, intelligence. I don’t see any drop off. It’s truly amazing.”

Haslett also praised Fletcher’s knowledge of the game. As the ‘Mike’ linebacker, he’s responsible to calling plays and checks at the line of scrimmage.

“We give him some leeway,” Haslett added. “We do some no-huddle against our offense, some different things against our offense. The other day, I called the first called nine [plays] and he called the rest of them. He knows exactly what he’s doing. It’s awesome.”