OK, so now it’s official. The Washington Redskins are keeping Jim Haslett on as their defensive coordinator. So not only is he not getting fired, now comes word that they will begin discussions on a contract extension? According to ESPN’s John Keim, new head coach Jay Gruden stated the team will begin discussions with Haslett on Monday.
Now first of all I don’t understand the reasoning of keeping haslett on in the first place. But to give him a contract extension? Something else must be going on here. Gruden stated that he knows how difficult it is going up against Haslett’s defense, and how he knows a lot of other offensive coaches who think it’s difficult too.
Well I’d like to know who those coaches are, because I think the coaches in the NFC East aren’t exactly disappointed that Haslett is staying around. Gruden stated that he wanted coaches around him with head coaching experience, and that’s another reason that he wanted Haslett back, as well as defensive backs coach Raheem Morris.
But there are other coaches out there with head coaching experience that Gruden could have chosen from. How about Wade Phillips, a former head coach who actually has a tremendous track record as a defensive coordinator. And it’s not exactly a confidence builder to know that Gruden isn’t sure enough in himself to feel like he could let Haslett go.
And from what I can tell, Haslett isn’t coming back because of what his defense didn’t do, but based on what Jay Gruden thinks it will do, once they’re coached up. It makes not sense. That’s why I think all this is, is Jay Gruden paying Haslett back a favor for giving him a job as offensive coordinator of the Florida Tuskers. Cronyism.
Gruden coached under Haslett when they were both in the UFL, so now he can return the favor. That reasoning makes a lot more sense to me than Gruden claiming how difficult it is to coach against Haslett. Because the numbers don’t indicate much difficulty at all. I wonder how difficult Chip Kelly thinks it is coaching against Jim Haslett?
I’m still not convinced that Gruden wasn’t forced to accept the job with the condition of keeping Haslett and others, because the Redskins didn’t want to spend the money to buy out their contracts. But we’ll never know for sure. However, one thing is sure.
If the Redskins not only bring Haslett back, but also extend his contract, then Jay Gruden will look very foolish if Haslett’s defense fails to improve exponentially next season.