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Haslett is indeed staying with the Redskins

Jim Haslett AP

Throughout much of the 2013 season, it was regarded as a given that Washington defensive coordinator Jim Haslett would be gone.  Before early December, the only question was whether coach Mike Shanahan and offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan would be going, too.

The Shanahans are gone.  But Haslett officially is staying.

According to Mark Maske of the Washington Post, new coach Jay Gruden confirmed on Friday that Haslett will return for a fifth season as the defensive coordinator.

“He has one year left on his contract,” Gruden said. “I’ll talk to [G.M.] Bruce [Allen] and we’ll talk to [Haslett] and see what we can do there. But definitely he’ll be back next year as coordinator.”

While in the middle of the pack when it comes to yards allowed (354.1 per game), the Redskins tied for 30th with the Bears in points allowed, giving up on average 29.9 per game.

Allen will have plenty of decisions to make defensively in the offseason, given that multiple starters are free agents, including linebacker Brian Orakpo and cornerback DeAngelo Hall.  Also, linebacker London Fletcher has retired.

A Pittsburgh native, Haslett played linebacker for the Bills from 1979 through 1986, and he has coached at the NFL level from 1993 through 2008 and 2010 through the present, working for the Raiders, Saints, Steelers, and Rams.  He served as head coach of the Saints from 2000 through 2005.

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24 Responses to “Haslett is indeed staying with the Redskins”
  1. thepftpoet says: Jan 17, 2014 2:48 PM

    Wait the Redskins are keeping the defensive coordinator that made Christian Ponder look like Peyton Manning?

    Redskins fans are laughing about this to hold back the tears.

  2. commonsensedude says: Jan 17, 2014 2:49 PM

    That has to be a punch in the gut to Mike Shanahan. “Yes, we know Haslett stinks. But compared to you, Mike, he’s pretty awesome. Buh-bye!!”

  3. wwwfella says: Jan 17, 2014 2:49 PM

    how does this happen?

  4. coachjohnharbaugh says: Jan 17, 2014 2:50 PM

    how many people does this sorry excuse for a defensive coordinator have compromising pictures of?

  5. phlorioisaphag says: Jan 17, 2014 2:52 PM

    That’s cool. At least we’ll be able to procure a defensive starter or two and some depth through free agency this year…#cappenaltywassomeBS

    HTTR!!!

  6. thegreatgabbert says: Jan 17, 2014 2:53 PM

    Jim’s ahead of the times and just uses the “R” word on his cap. He doesn’t want to end up as Jim Hatless.

  7. mpayne12 says: Jan 17, 2014 2:56 PM

    Awesome so in the 4 years he has been a D coordinator the Redskins have been terrible on D. I didn’t think next year could be worse than this year but I’m quickly changing my mind.

  8. matt4477 says: Jan 17, 2014 2:56 PM

    This just made a bad day even worse. Thanks Redskins

  9. The League's Crusade Against The Steelers Continues says: Jan 17, 2014 2:58 PM

    LOL, wow.

  10. romosmicrodongs says: Jan 17, 2014 3:01 PM

    With what haslett had its amazing he did as well as he did. He’s had no free agency money for half of his tenure and still managed to field a defense. Did better than quite a few others. And it’ll be easier to retain free agents with a stable coaching staff, I.e. orakpo
    Bruce knows what he is doing. Keep the same coaching staff, resign the free agents, then get a new d coordinator.

  11. thealmightybigblue says: Jan 17, 2014 3:02 PM

    Another year of having one of the worst defenses in the NFL.#Giantslolatdeadskins#Basementbound

  12. mataug says: Jan 17, 2014 3:18 PM

    Ray Horton was available #sigh

  13. washfootball says: Jan 17, 2014 3:25 PM

    I am a skins fan and the only explanation I can think of is 1) Snyder doesn’t want to pay for another coach 2) gruden worked for haslett so he is returning the favor and 3) making sure that skins get a top 3 draft puck in 2015. It will be another long season for us.

  14. noladat says: Jan 17, 2014 3:44 PM

    Hey as a saints fan all I can say is make sure he keeps his pants on around the cheerleaders!

  15. pr0jecktpat says: Jan 17, 2014 3:48 PM

    Haslett might end up having a more limited role if he doesn’t shape up. I don’t know about last season, but the season before last (when they made the playoffs) Morris took over calling duty in some games because Haslett’s constant insistence to use zone kept failing horribly.

  16. skins1970 says: Jan 17, 2014 3:49 PM

    “Sigh” At least it’s only for 1 year if Vinny”Bugeyes” Cerrato was still here he would have resigned Haslett for 5 years.

  17. deshackle says: Jan 17, 2014 4:11 PM

    Jim Haslett should’ve been fired before Mike and Kyle.

  18. sidepull says: Jan 17, 2014 4:56 PM

    He should have been shown the door and then purged his whole staff. He is a terrible DC. Just lets you know whose really running that show. To sacrifice winning, and that’s what they are doing, is a travesty.

  19. ravenswhat says: Jan 17, 2014 5:32 PM

    I don’t get it. They went from decent to horrible on D in one year. Part of being a great coach and getting paid is making adjustments mid flight. Haslett only got worse. What gives? I guess Gruden is already on a short leash.

  20. dcstinks says: Jan 17, 2014 5:52 PM

    The NFC East thanks you Dan!
    I hope you live forever!

    –Eagle Fan

  21. jerrahsucks says: Jan 17, 2014 6:00 PM

    Where has Haslett ever been successful? Shows that another Gruden has no balls. Little Danny say’s he’s stayin cuz I aint payin” and Jay saya “yes sir Mr. Snyder sir”. lmfao.

  22. jkaflagg says: Jan 17, 2014 6:02 PM

    You know he’ll always stay with Washington as long as DeAngelo Hall is there to tell him what he should have done….

  23. hogdropalogonbigd says: Jan 17, 2014 11:19 PM

    I didn’t think Haslett was that bad. The redskins players were in the right position most of the time defensively, the players just couldn’t make any tackles. People forget there was a time this guy was a great defensive coach. I like that he’s being reunited with Gruden…the skins could use a little stability, and I think Haslett is capable of turning the defense around if they can find a few players capable of tackling.

  24. seantaylor21forever says: Jan 18, 2014 9:00 AM

    In Jim Haslett’s last twelve seasons as either a head coach or d-coordinator, his defense has placed in the top 50% in the league in points allowed ONE time. (2003, 14th). He has placed among the worst five defenses, however, SIX times. Fifty percent of the time he has had one if the worst five defenses in the league. Make all of the excuses you want for last year about salary cap, injuries, talent, whatever, but twelve years is far too long to keep excising away utter ineptitude.

    His average defensive points allowed rank is 25.9 and he hasn’t once led what a playoff defense (I.e. Top 12) let alone top 5 or top 10. This man is a horrible coach both with scheming, personnel decisions, and player development. Jay just ruined his defense for however long Haslett remains in the capital.

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