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Jim Haslett
No. 55, 86     Washington Redskins
Defensive coordinator
Personal information
Date of birth: December 9, 1955 (1955-12-09) (age 54)
Place of birth: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Career information
College: I.U.P.
NFL Draft: 1979 / Round: 2 / Pick: 51
Debuted in 1979 for the Buffalo Bills
Last played in 1987 for the New York Jets
Career history
 As player:
 As coach:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 1987
Games     94
Sacks     4.5
Interceptions     6
Stats at
Stats at
College Football Hall of Fame

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.


Playing career

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[1].

Coaching career

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.

In 2005, Haslett's sixth season with the Saints, the team stumbled to a 3–13 record. The season was marred by unique adversities, which were unsuccessfully used as excuses for failure: Hurricane Katrina's devastation of New Orleans forced the franchise to temporarily relocate their operations to San Antonio, Texas, playing three of their 'home' games there (in the Alamodome). Another four home games were played in Baton Rouge at LSU's Tiger Stadium, and one took place at Giants Stadium in New Jersey (against the New York Giants). However, over the previous four seasons, the team had noticeably fallen into mediocrity and despite Haslett's strong personal leadership during such difficult circumstances (including extensive traveling and substandard practicing conditions in San Antonio), this season's win/loss record was even more disappointing than prior seasons, and the team continued to struggle. The Saints fired Haslett.

Much of Haslett's failure in New Orleans can be attributed to being overly loyal to his Quarterback Aaron Brooks and defensive coordinator Rick Venturi. In 2002, Brooks was injured late in the season. Instead of using the fan favorite Jake Delhomme, Haslett stuck with an injured Brooks, and the Saints lost their last three games - scoring less than 20 points in the last two weeks - to miss the playoffs.

Haslett Later admitted that sticking with Brooks was a mistake that he regretted. He might have also regretted sticking with defensive coordinator Rick Venturi. Venturi's defense consistently ranked in the bottom 10 during his tenure.

St. Louis Rams

Haslett became the Rams' defensive coordinator to start the 2006 season. On September 29, 2008 Haslett was named the interim head coach of the St. Louis Rams after Scott Linehan was fired. The Rams gave Haslett an interim coach's contract, containing a clause that promised him the permanent head coach's job if the team won at least 6 games that season. Within a few weeks, this clause was nullified by the NFL, because it violated the league's "Rooney Rule". The Rooney Rule, adopted in 1993, requires that minority candidates get an equal opportunity to interview for all open head-coaching jobs; the 6-wins clause would've awarded the head coach's job to Haslett instantly, preventing any other coaching candidates from having a chance at it. He won his first game as interim head coach of the Rams with a thrilling 19-17 victory over the 4-1 Washington Redskins. That win was followed by a 34-14 drubbing of the Dallas Cowboys on 19 October, 2008. This brought the Rams to a 2-4 record. The team would lose their final 10 games, however, leaving Haslett with an interim record of 2-10 on the year. On January 15, 2009 the Rams announced that Haslett was no longer in consideration for the permanent head coaching position and that the team would be going in a "new direction".[2]

United Football League

Haslett will coach the Florida Tuskers of the United Football League; the League debuted in October 2009.[3]. 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.

Washington Redskins

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.[4]

Head coaching record

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
NOR 2000 10 6 0 .625 1st in NFC West 1 1 .500 Lost to Minnesota Vikings in NFC Divisional Game.
NOR 2001 7 9 0 .438 3rd in NFC West - - - -
NOR 2002 9 7 0 .563 3rd in NFC South - - - -
NOR 2003 8 8 0 .500 2nd in NFC South - - - -
NOR 2004 8 8 0 .500 2nd in NFC South - - - -
NOR 2005 3 13 0 .188 4th in NFC South - - - -
NOR Total 45 51 0 .469 1 1 .500
STL 2008* 2 10 0 .167 4th in NFC West - - - -
STL Total 2 10 0 .167 - - -
FLT 2009 6 0 0 1.000 1st in UFL 0 1 .000 Lost to Las Vegas Locomotives in UFL Championship Game.
FLT Total 6 0 0 1.000 0 1 .000
Total[5] 53 61 0 .464 1 2 .333

*Interim head coach


Haslett once owned a horse ranch in Gasport, New York, called the 'Double Nickel'. It was named after his playing number 55. He is married to Beth with two daughters, Kelsey and Elizabeth, and a son, Chase. They live in Clayton, Mo.


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Preceded by
Al Baker
Defensive Rookie of the Year
Succeeded by
Buddy Curry
Al Richardson
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Monte Kiffin
New Orleans Saints Defensive Coordinator
Succeeded by
Zaven Yaralian
Preceded by
Dick LeBeau
Pittsburgh Steelers Defensive Coordinator
Succeeded by
Tim Lewis
Preceded by
Mike Ditka
New Orleans Saints Head Coaches
Succeeded by
Sean Payton
Preceded by
Larry Marmie
St. Louis Rams Defensive Coordinator
Succeeded by
Rick Venturi
Preceded by
Scott Linehan
St. Louis Rams Head Coaches
Succeeded by
Steve Spagnuolo
Preceded by
Greg Blache
Washington Redskins Defensive Coordinator
Succeeded by


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