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A person with "knowledge of the league’s coaching market" tells the Washington Post at least two teams with head-coaching vacancies have "preliminary interest" in Redskins DC Jim Haslett.
The key word is "preliminary," but it's still a wild bit of news. Washington's defense performed well down the stretch despite myriad injuries, but was still a bottom-12 unit by most standards. Haslett has been a coaching nomad since being fired by New Orleans in 2005, going so far as to spend a year in the UFL. We highly doubt he'll draw anything more than cursory interest. Wed, Jan 2, 2013 07:33:00 PM

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Redskins signed defensive coordinator Jim Haslett to a one-year extension through 2013.

Per ESPN 980 Washington's Chris Russell, Haslett received a "hefty raise." While Haslett's young defense showed promise in 2011, it's gotten off to a slow 2012 start and we have a sneaking suspicion the extension won't be looking so grand by season's end. The Skins were relying on elite front-seven play to "hide" a secondary that can't cover. They've already lost two front-seven starters (DE Adam Carriker, OLB Brian Orakpo) to year-ending injuries. This will be a defense to target for fantasy matchup purposes the rest of the way.
Wed, Sep 19, 2012 08:23:00 PM

Redskins hired Raheem Morris as defensive backs coach.

The Skins may also place an "assistant head coach" tag on Morris. The move has the potential to create something of a struggle within the Redskins' coaching staff if coordinator Jim Haslett views Morris as a threat to his job. For now, Morris will focus on coaching up Josh Wilson, DeAngelo Hall, DeJon Gomes, and Kevin Barnes. The return of safeties LaRon Landry, a free agent, and O.J. Atogwe, a possible cap casualty, are questionable.
Wed, Jan 11, 2012 07:45:00 PM

Former Bucs coach Raheem Morris reportedly dined with members of the Redskins organization Wednesday night.

As George Wallace of WTOP Washington points out, Morris and Redskins OC Kyle Shanahan were assistants on Tampa's staff in the mid-2000s. Both up-and-comers then, Shanahan was a lowly Quality Control coach while Morris had just been promoted to assistant DBs coach. Redskins GM Bruce Allen also just so happened to hold the same position in Tampa. The Skins would likely target Morris to coach their secondary, potentially with an "assistant head coach" tag.
Thu, Jan 5, 2012 08:29:00 AM

NFL Network's Jason La Canfora suggests that former Cowboys head coach Wade Phillips' next landing spot could be Washington.

The Redskins' "defense" is currently coordinated by Jim Haslett, whose unit ranks dead last in yards allowed per game, 31st against the pass, and 25th against the run. La Canfora cites Phillips' "strong ties" to Mike Shahanan, as both were assistants on the Broncos' staff in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Phillips is also obviously familiar with the NFC East.
Wed, Nov 17, 2010 08:44:00 PM

Coach Mike Shanahan is interviewing Bill Romanowski for the Redskins strength and conditioning coach job.

Hopefully, Shanny is just rewarding a former player with a courtesy interview. It's hard to believe he would actually hire the controversial [former?] user of steroids and HGH, in addition to a wide variety of other supplements.
Tue, Feb 9, 2010 02:28:00 PM

Redskins named Jim Haslett defensive coordinator.

We've known about the hire for three days, but the move didn't become official until Friday. Haslett is expected to incorporate 3-4 alignments into a Skins defense that has been a 4-3 for as long as we can remember. Brian Orakpo and Andre Carter figure to be the outside linebackers. Albert Haynesworth could play five-technique end or nose tackle. We'll know the Redskins are serious about the 3-4 if they invest in players that fit the scheme this spring.
Fri, Jan 15, 2010 04:45:00 PM

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the Redskins have settled on former Saints and Rams coach Jim Haslett as the new defensive coordinator.

The Newark Star-Ledger seconds the report. After coaching with the Rams for three seasons, Haslett spent 2009 leading the UFL runner-up Florida Tuskers. When Mike Zimmer opted to stay in Cincinnati, Haslett immediately became the favorite in D.C. 'Skins coach Mike Shanahan is believed to have his mind set on a 3-4 defense, and Haslett is well versed in the system after running it in Pittsburgh in the late 90s.
Tue, Jan 12, 2010 09:27:00 PM

The Redskins interviewed Jim Haslett for their defensive coordinator vacancy on Monday, according to's Jason La Canfora.

Haslett is also on the Giants' radar, though he appears to be higher on the Skins' priority list at the moment. He is the only DC candidate Washington has formally interviewed so far. They've also been linked to Mike Zimmer, and secondary coach Jerry Gray is considered a strong in-house candidate.
Tue, Jan 12, 2010 11:36:00 AM

Redskins DBs coach Jerry Gray has a real chance to stay on as Mike Shanahan's defensive coordinator, according to the Washington Post.

Gray is more than cut out for the position, having coordinated the Bills' defense previously and ran an annually terrific secondary in D.C. Gray is competing for the job with Jim Haslett and current Bengals DC Mike Zimmer.
Fri, Jan 8, 2010 04:26:00 PM's Jason La Canfora reports that the Redskins are prepared to interview Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer for the same position in Washington should Cincinnati lose Saturday's Wild Card game.

Skins coach Mike Shanahan is also exploring ex-Rams DC Jim Haslett, who coached the UFL's Florida Tuskers this past season. Zimmer is believed to be Shanny's top choice, however, and has already shown interest in the job.
Wed, Jan 6, 2010 02:41:00 PM

Bob Slowik is expected to be part of the Redskins' coaching staff under Mike Shanahan, but not the defensive coordinator.

Thank goodness. Shanahan let Slowik coordinate his Denver defense in 2008, and the club finished 29th in total defense, 30th in points allowed, and 27th against the run. He'll be better off coaching linebackers or something.
Wed, Jan 6, 2010 08:59:00 AM

In addition to obvious favorite Mike Zimmer, new coach Mike Shanahan is reportedly eying Jim Haslett to coordinate the Redskins' defense.'s Jason La Canfora says Shanahan isn't averse to implementing a 3-4 defense, which Haslett historically has preferred. The Skins have some personnel in place for the system, but would need two defensive ends. Albert Haynesworth would presumably play nose tackle with Brian Orakpo at ROLB.
Tue, Jan 5, 2010 10:45:00 PM

Redskins CB DeAngelo Hall stated Monday that he doesn't believe defensive coordinator Greg Blache wants to coach anymore.

Blache will lose his job when Mike Shanahan is hired, but it sounds like the 61-year-old will retire anyway. "I think the writing's on the wall for G.B.," Hall said. "I think he feels like he's done." Still a good coach, Blache's defense finished No. 10 overall in 2009, and No. 8 against the pass.
Mon, Jan 4, 2010 03:09:00 PM

ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports that the Redskins will still have to comply with the Rooney Rule after firing Jim Zorn, despite giving DBs coach Jerry Gray a head coaching interview before Week 16.

In other words, the Gray interview won't count under the Rooney Rule any longer once the Zorn transaction is officially made. The Skins could re-interview Gray or even interview defensive coordinator Greg Blache to satisfy it, but clearly neither minority coach is a serious candidate to replace Zorn. It's well known that Washington is aggressively targeting Mike Shanahan.
Sun, Jan 3, 2010 11:15:00 AM

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