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

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I think Jay Gruden should have brought in a new defensive coordinator, and given the defense a new voice and a new direction.  Because what if the Redskins spend millions of dollars bringing in free agents along with a few new position coaches, and Haslett’s defense still sucks again next season regardless of all that?

If it does suck, it won’t be Haslett answering why he was brought back after such mediocrity, it will be Jay Gruden.  Because it won’t look very good on Gruden if he has to fire Haslett during next season, when could have done it now.  By keeping Haslett, the expectation on defense has to be excellence, and I’m not talking 18th in the NFL good.  I mean a Top 10 defense.

Which is something Haslett hasn’t had since he’s been with Washington.  This is nothing personal against Jim Haslett, as I’m sure he’s a great guy.  But his defenses haven’t been great and that’s what he’s being judged on, his record.  The Redskins averaged 23rd on defense over Haslett’s four years.  For a franchise claiming they want to win championships, that shouldn’t be unacceptable.

And yet by keeping Haslett, it says the Redskins are accepting it.  And accepting Haslett’s excuses as to why things haven’t been better.  But no more excuses.  No more games where DeSean Jackson and LeSean McCoy are running through the Redskins defense like human video games.  No more being down 38-10 at halftime.

After fours years, Redskins fans shouldn’t have to tolerate more of Haslett’s process.  Fans should be able to expect an outstanding defense from the Redskins immediately.  So if Jay Gruden and Bruce Allen truly believe Jim Haslett can provide that, then the fans will support them on it.  But if cronyism and frugality are the reasons for Haslett staying on, then the Redskins performance on defense will be the proof of it.

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  • http://riggosrag.com Maurice Barksdale

    Comment on Jim Haslett.

  • 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.