If the Redskins wind up at, say, 8-8 or possibly better, I may have to find a way to be comfortable with Haslett's return. Under those circumstances I think his job is secure. I could be wrong, but I don't see him leaving under those circumstances and it has more to do with the offense than anything else. As long as our offense keeps us in a position to win against anybody, and our offense is doing just that right now, in-game defensive slumps will be swept under the conceptual rug in the euphoria of a win. A loss or two-as long as they're close and not obviously due to major defensive failure-won't put enough pressure on Shanahan to force his hand with Haslett. It's always possible he may surprise me and dump Haslett after the season but I only see that as likely if the team does a end-of-the-season crash and burn.
Think Green Bay last season-an offensive juggernaut with serious defensive questions that first Kansas City and then the Giants exposed. Until then everybody talked a possible 19-0 run and ignored the deficiencies that eventually brought them down.
If the D goes south and costs us several of the remaining games Haslett is, IMO, a lame duck at best, however, a win like yesterday, even with, as you say, the second half Cowboys comeback attempt, does nothing to make his position more precarious-we won-and that will shore up Shanahan's position enough that Haslett is likely safe. If we were to beat the Giants? Finish, like, 9-7 even with or without a Wildcard posibility? You couldn't pry Haslett out with a crowbar.