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Haslett is DC Bound

Posted on: January 13, 2010 1:39 am

Jim Haslett has reportedly agreed to serve as the defensive coordinator on Mike Shanahan's staff in Washington.

In Haslett the Redskins are adding a defensive mind who has designed schemes for 4-3 and 3-4 defenses. They are also getting a guy who has served as an NFL head coach on two separate occasions.

First for the not-so-important Haslett information:
1. He looks kind of like the guy who played Lou Collins in "Little Big League."
2. He is the guy who Steve Spurrier once mocked for working hard. (Scroll down to middle of page).

As for the stuff that matters a little bit more ...

Haslett was the defensive coordinator in Pittsburgh from 1997-1999, and he served in the same role with th St. Louis Rams in 2006 and 2007. His defenses ranked 23rd and 21st in the NFL in those two seasons.

He was the head coach of the New Orleans Saints from 2000 to 2005 and he was named the interim head-man in St. Louis after Scott Linehan was fired in September of 2008.

Haslett was actually a pretty decent NFL player in his day. A 2nd-round pick back in 1979, Haslett was a linebacker who played for the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets. He was named the NFL's Defensive Rookie of the Year in 1979 (take that Brian Orakpo), and was selected as an All-Pro following the 1980 season.

The NFL's coach of the year in 2000 and the United Football League's first-ever coach of the year this past season (Haslett guided one of the league's four teams in it's first year in existence), Haslett joins a Redskins coaching staff that currently only possesses two other whistle-blowers.

Head Coach Mike Shanahan and offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan are also already working diligently at Redskins Park. They'll soon be joined by Haslett, and a plethora of other assistants as the older Shanahan continues to fill assemble his first staff in Washington.

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