Did the Redskins retain Jim Haslett to keep from Buying him out?

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Although no official announcement has been made, it appears as though new Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden will be keeping Jim Haslett on as defensive coordinator.  Defensive position coaches with ties to Haslett have been hired, so one would assume that Haslett is spearheading the process.

My first assumption for the Redskins reasoning in keeping Haslett and other holdovers from Mike Shanahan’s staff around, is that they want to save money to keep from having to buy more contracts.   Now I would like to think the Redskins wouldn’t be so frugal as to compromise having a good defense to save money, but sometimes you never know.

And the second assumption is that Jim Haslett is cronies with the right people.  Because one could not assume that Haslett is being kept around based on the performance of his defense over the past four years.  So therefore there must be another reason.  Are the Redskins waiting for Haslett’s contract to expire before they hire a better defensive coordinator?  If so, then that’s a pathetic move.

I’m sure in Haslett’s mind the Redskins salary cap penalties hurt his ability to put a good defense on the field.  But it can’t just be about talent alone.  Yes, the Redskins will have cap space to bring in some free agents, but you can’t just go out and buy a defense.  The Redskins have tried throwing money at problems before, and it doesn’t work.

In many ways team chemistry and the ability of the coaching staff means more to winning than bringing in hired guns to correct a perceived lack of talent.  And how much better can new position coaches be under Haslett than the old ones?  I mean, some of them are coming from situations where they were no longer wanted, but the Redskins do?

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  • http://riggosrag.com Maurice Barksdale

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  • http://fanonfiresportswire.com/ Maurice Barksdale

    What other Reason could the #Redskins have kept Haslett, other than to save money? No other reason makes any sense.

  • David Dorman

    There are some opinions going around about why we kept him. The first is that he was constantly overruled on play calling by Shanny, like the 3rd and long soft zone defense play calling (players have confirmed this anonymously). 2nd is that the D has been neglected until the last draft and he didn’t get a lot of attention for personnel needs. Lastly he didn’t play ball with Shanny and wasn’t his lackey. Don’t know if those are the only reasons but I don’t think we will ever know for sure. I’m not comfortable with the decision.

    • http://fanonfiresportswire.com/ Maurice Barksdale

      So there may have been a rift between Jim Haslett and Mike Shanahan huh? Well that might explain a few things. But still, it’s a risk keeping Haslett around. Like I said though, Redskins fans should be able to expect a very good defense next season since he’s getting what he wants. No excuses.

  • David Dorman

    We are only going to have a good defense if we get some talent there. I say we get rid of Josh Wilson (and Morgan) and pick up Aquib Talib and Jarius Byrd in FA and then we’ve got to work on the front line. Once Carriker got hurt we lost all the push and pressure we had. We need a true NT and move Cofield to DE and if Carriker is healthy we can work with that on the line. If we sign those 2 FA’s I think we draft another corner and get a middle LB.

    • http://fanonfiresportswire.com/ Maurice Barksdale

      The #Redskins may be able to get Talib or Byrd, but I’m not sure of both. They need to be smart in how they go after free agents though. That would be a huge price tag for both of them. I agree about the nose tackle. Cofield is good, but the Redskins need a bigger body in there. And I’m not sure they can count on Carriker staying healthy.