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Was there a Rift between Mike Shanahan and Jim Haslett?

With the Washington Redskins retaining defensive coordinator Jim Haslett, questions have to be asked as to exactly why they did? I speculated that maybe it was because they didn’t want to buy him out. But is it possible that there was not only dissention between Shanahan, Daniel Snyder and Robert Griffin III, but Haslett as well?

I have judged Haslett based on the statistics his defense produced during his four years as coordinator. But it seems general manager Bruce Allen and new head coach Jay Gruden may be judging Haslett’s performance on a lot more. There has been discussion that while Haslett worked under Shanahan, he was never able to hire his own staff of defensive coaches.

Something it seems that’s being rectified now.  As Haslett has spear-headed the hiring of two position coaches that he either has a history with, or has approved to work under him. Will new position coaches really make that much of a difference?  Well it seems that Haslett has convinced the powers that be that it will.

And I assume as it pertains to his job, that all that matters.  As apparently Haslett and the Redskins will begin talks for a contract extension, a move that I questioned.  But never the less, it seems Haslett will now have total autonomy over the defense under Jay Gruden.  Something it appears he didn’t have under Shanahan.

It’s unusual for this much of a coaching staff to be retained after a head coach has been fired.  So maybe things weren’t as hunky-dory between Haslett and Shanahan as it appeared to be.  Haslett’s profile has risen favorably since Shanahan was fired.  And well Shanahan hasn’t been heard from.

Maybe Haslett was just biding his time, and waiting until Shanahan was fired to get the chance he really wanted.  But now that he has it, only time will tell if was Shanahan holding him back, or if he just wasn’t a very good coordinator.


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