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Pro And Con On Jim Haslett, The Bill Belichick Of The UFL

Posted by Matt Terl on January 15, 2010 – 4:20 pm

The Redskins named Jim Haslett their defensive coordinator today, confirming a move that’s been rumored for a few days now, and filling a position that opened when Greg Blache retired.

Haslett coached the UFL’s Florida Tuskers to an undefeated season and a loss in the championship game last year, which pretty much makes him the Bill Belichick of the UFL. (It also means that he fills an interesting parenthetical niche as the second guy the Redskins have signed who was involved with that UFL Championship game — mid-season replacement kicker Graham Gano kicked the gamewinning field goal to beat Haslett’s Tuskers.)

And he has NFL cred as well. He was the defensive coordinator of the New Orleans Saints in 1996, the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1997-99, and the St. Louis Rams in 2006, 2007 and for the first four games of 2008 before being named interim head coach in St. Louis. (And beating the Redskins the following Sunday, in fact.)

He played in the NFL as well, as linebacker for the Buffalo Bills, where he won defensive rookie of the year in 1979 and went to the Pro Bowl in 1980. The picture above — Haslett stopping Tony Dorsett for a short gain — is really all the backstory I need to embrace the guy as a Redskins coach. But not everyone agrees with me on that. Read more »

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Friday, January 15: The Redskins Join Relief Efforts In Haiti [Updated]

Posted by Matt Terl on January 15, 2010 – 9:28 am

A few people asked me on Twitter yesterday what the Redskins would be doing to help people affected by the catastrophic earthquake that devastated Haiti, and I was somewhat embarrassed to admit that I had no idea.

Now I do.

As they did following Katrina, 9/11, and other disasters, the Redskins are mobilizing their not-insignificant resources to help however they can. In this case, the team is joining with business partner Diageo to fly medical supplies, clothing, and personnel to the disaster scene. Owner Daniel M. Snyder is donating use of his private airplane, and former Redskin Ken Harvey will be joining the team.

“We’re not a relief organization, but there are times when our resources allow us to step in and make a difference, if only a small one,” Snyder said. “Diageo has been involved in relief efforts around the world for many years, and we’re fortunate to be able to partner with them, Getting the right people and supplies to Haiti is critically important, and we’re providing our best resources.”

The relief operations are being coordinated in conjunction with The Bridge Foundation, a long-time partner in disaster relief operations.


The NFL is also encouraging people to donate via the Red Cross’ text-to-give line (text “HAITI” to “90999”) or via RedCross.org. Another option for donations is Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation partner Operation Blessing, and organization that’s already on the ground in Haiti providing emergency medical kits, antibiotics, respiratory medicines, blankets, MREs, bottled water, and more to people in need.

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