Washington and defensive coordinator Jim Haslett ‘part ways’
The Washington defense allowed 27.4 points per game this season under the watch of Jim Haslett.
Washington and defensive coordinator Jim Haslett have “mutually agreed to part ways,” the team announced Wednesday. This comes following a tumultuous season that saw the team finish 4-12 with the 20th-overall defense in yards allowed.
Head coach Jay Gruden said in a statement accompanying the team’s announcement: “Jim and I have had discussions over the last few days and have decided that it’s best for everyone that we have a new Defensive Coordinator for the Washington Redskins. I wish him nothing but the best in the future.”
That’s markedly different from Gruden’s position just two days ago when he told the press that he would recommend that Haslett be retained. Since then, team owner Dan Snyder and general manager Bruce Allen have been evaluating Washington’s coaches.
“Jay and I mutually agreed it’s time for the Redskins to have a new Defensive Coordinator. I want to thank Dan Snyder, Bruce Allen, Coach Gruden and all the players and fellow coaches for their efforts the last five years and I wish them nothing but the best,” Haslett said in a statement Wednesday morning.
The Washington defense allowed 27.4 points per game this season under the watch of the 59-year-old Haslett, more than all but two other NFL teams. This was his fifth season with the team as the defensive coordinator after previous stints with the Steelers, Rams and Saints in that role over the past 18 years.
Haslett has been coaching football since 1988, and he’s been in the NFL since 1993. During that time, Haslett was also the head coach of the New Orleans Saints from 2000-2005. He also served as the head coach of the UFL’s Florida Tuskers in 2009.