- Apr 11, 2009
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- Montclair, VA
DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR JIM HASLETT
James Donald "Jim" Haslett (born December 9, 1955 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is an American football coach and former linebacker. He is currently the Defensive Coordinator of the Washington Redskins. Previously, he served as the head coach for the Florida Tuskers of the United Football League, and the New Orleans Saints and St. Louis Rams in the National Football League.
Haslett attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania (he has since been inducted into the college football hall of fame), and was selected in the second round of the 1979 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills. He was a linebacker for the Buffalo Bills until 1985, and played with the New York Jets in 1987. He was named the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year for 1979. In a 2005 article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Haslett admitted to using steroids while playing for the Buffalo Bills. Haslett went on record saying that "everybody tried it" to gain a competitive advantage against opposing teams.
University at Buffalo
Haslett's first coaching position was as an Assistant Coach at the University at Buffalo. He is the second assistant coach of the Buffalo Bulls to move and become a head coach in the NFL. The first was Buddy Ryan.
NFL Assistant Coaching Positions
Haslett began his NFL coaching career as a linebackers coach for the Los Angeles Raiders in 1993. Haslett next coached linebackers for the New Orleans Saints in 1995 and was promoted to defensive coordinator for the 1996 season. Haslett then coordinated the Pittsburgh Steelers defense for the 1997 through 1999 seasons.
New Orleans Saints
In January, 2000, Haslett was named head coach of the New Orleans Saints. That season, he guided the Saints to a 10–6 regular-season record, their second NFC West division championship, and the first playoff victory in franchise history (defeating the St. Louis Rams; they lost to the Minnesota Vikings the next week). As a result of the Saints' turnaround from their previous 3–13 season (under his predecessor, Mike Ditka), Haslett was named NFL Coach of the Year.
St. Louis Rams
Haslett became the Rams' defensive coordinator to start the 2006 season.
United Football League
Haslett will coach the Florida Tuskers of the United Football League; the League debuted in October 2009. The team went 6-0 in the inaugural season but were upset in the first-ever UFL Championship Game by the Las Vegas Locomotives. During the season, he was able to advise his son's high school football team.
Haslett was hired as the Washington Redskins defensive coordinator on January 12, 2010 under head coach Mike Shanahan. Haslett will replace Greg Blache who is expected to retire.
NFL DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR RECORD
1996 – 13th overall (20th scoring, 3rd passing, 27th rushing)
1997 – 6th overall (11th scoring, 18th passing, 1st rushing)
1998 – 12th overall (7th scoring, 18th passing, 13th rushing)
1999 – 11th overall (12th scoring, 4th passing, 26th rushing)
2006– 23rd overall (28th scoring, 8th passing, 31st rushing)
2007 – 21st overall (31st scoring, 21st passing, 20th rushing)
Interview as New Orleans HC on 10/08 Game vs. Redskins (PDF)