Haslett is indeed staying with the Redskins


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.

24 responses to “Haslett is indeed staying with the Redskins

  1. 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. 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. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

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

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

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

  12. 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.

  13. 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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