Jim Haslett Interviews With Mike McCarthy For Packers Defensive Coordinator Job

Bleacher Report Senior Analyst IJanuary 14, 2009

With Mike Nolan out of the race, and Gregg Williams interviewing with pretty much any team that has an opening, Mike McCarthy may be turning his attention to Jim Haslett to take over the reigns of the Packers defense.

Haslett spent the last two days in the metro Green Bay area, interviewing with the Packers on Tuesday after having a nice little dinner on Monday (any available photos, TMZ? This is big news!) From the JS Online Packers Blog:

McCarthy likes Haslett's aggressive style of defense, which includes a heavy amount of blitzing. It probably wouldn't take long for the two men to get on the same page on what kind of defense they want to run.

McCarthy is still waiting to hear from Gregg Williams, the former Jacksonville Jaguars defensive coordinator, who interviewed with the coach last Friday. But Williams remains in a holding pattern, waiting to see if an opening occurs in Tennessee where he was once defensive coordinator.
As was with the case with Nolan, McCarthy does have a history with Jim Haslett. McCarthy was hired by Haslett to be the Offensive Coordinator of the New Orleans Saints in 2000, and the two would go on to work together for a total of five seasons.
Despite being a candidate for the Rams' head coaching job, which he held on a interim basis much of last season, Haslett is currently interviewing with teams because the Rams may decide to go another direction. Just like when you are trying to decide which girl to take to the Valentine's day dance, Haslett wants to make sure he has a backup plan in case the hot girl he asked says no.

I'd personally welcome this hire, maybe even more so than I would Nolan or Williams. I like Haslett's approach, and he fits the criteria I have in what I want for our Defensive Coordinator. I want a guy who is a proven name, and I want a guy who has worked with McCarthy. I'm not sure why, I just think it would be interesting for McCarthy to hire one of the coaches he used to work under.

Either way, the sooner someone is hired, the better.

(Elsewhere, Charles Woodson will not participate in the Pro Bowl, while Greg Jennings's chances to go to Hawai'i are looking better by the day.)

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