According to our old friend Jason LaCanfora ...
"Following up on the Redskins defensive coordinator search, which I touched on earlier this week. The Redskins are very interested in Mike Zimmer as a defensive coordinator, but could face competition from other clubs looking to hire the Bengals coordinator as a head coach.
The Redskins are prepared to meet with Zimmer this weekend should the Bengals lose to the Jets, but also plan to meet with Jim Haslett , a former NFL head coach, according to a league source.
Haslett is very interested in bringing in veteran defensive line coach Tim Krumrie wherever he lands should he get back in the NFL (he coached in the UFL this season), according to sources, after the Chiefs fired Krumrie this week.
Redskins coach Mike Shanahan has been continually intrigued by the prospects of going to a 3-4 scheme, which is part of the reason why Haslett is so attractive."
Not really sure why, but I have never much cared for Haslett. Something about the guy has just always rubbed me the wrong way.
So...trying to rise above such pettiness, I dug into his record as a defensive coordinator in the NFL real quick, to be sure I wasn't cutting off my nose to spite my face (whatever the hell that old saw means). Can't be letting vague personal get in the way of potential for success after all.
So assuming wikipedia is right about the years in question, and NFL.com is right about the stats, here's a quick down and dirty peak at the units Haslett ran as defensive coordinator.
NEW ORLEANS ‘96
Haslett took over a defense that finished 22nd in the league the year before:
1995 – 22nd overall (18th scoring, 22nd passing, 21st rushing)
...and had some immediate success, most strikingly against the pass:
1996 – 13th overall (20th scoring, 3rd passing, 27th rushing)
The year after he left (to become DC in Pittsburgh in '97) the Saints defense finished top five:
1997 – Fourth overall (16th scoring, 6th passing, 14th rushing)
PITTSBURGH ‘97 – ‘99
Haslett inherited a pretty damn good defense from the year before (2006):
1996 – Second overall (fourth scoring, fifth passing, third rushing)
...and, well, you be the judge:
1997 – Sixth overall (11th scoring, 18th passing, first rushing)
1998 – 12th overall (7th scoring, 18th passing, 13th rushing)
1999 – 11th overall (12th scoring, fourth passing, 26th rushing)
Check the progress versus the run. Or don't, if you're a Haslett fan.
The year after he left, the Steeler defense trended back the other way:
2000 – Seventh overall (sixth scoring, ninth passing, 12th rushing)
ST. LOUIS '06 - '07
After his head coaching stint in New Orleans (2000-2005), Haslett was hired by the St. Louis Rams to resurrect their 30th ranked ('05) unit. Not sure what he did quite qualifies as "resurrecting" the Rams' woebegone defensive unit, but he did oversee some improvement anyway:
2006 – 23rd overall (28th scoring, eighth passing, 31st rushing)
2007 – 21st overall (31st scoring, 21st passing, 20th rushing)
He was going to be their defensive coordinator in 2008 as well, but instead was hired on after the Rams 0-4 start as their "interim coach." After upsetting Joe Gibbs' Redskins (Pete Kendall, please pick up the white courtesy phone) to earn the Rams first victory of the season, he and the Rams lost 10 of their remaining 11 games to finish the season 2-14.
Haslett was not asked to return for 2009...and, if rumors are true has been spotted coaching in something called the United Football League .
Don't get me wrong, I don't mean to belittle the guy. And I know numbers tell only a small part of any story...but reality sure can be a bitch.
If you, gentle Redskins fan reader, know something about Mr. Haslett as an NFL defensive coordinator (and for his sake and ours if this pans out I hope there's a lot) that mitigates against the general feeling of "meh"-titude I'm getting about this one, feel free to share.