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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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Tuesday, January 12: Rooting For … The Cowboys?

Posted by Matt Terl on January 12, 2010 – 11:21 am

An interesting item on ProFootballTalk this morning about the provisions put into the CBA to prevent an uncapped year from turning into the rich getting richer. I hadn’t been thinking about it much because it was so far from relevant to the extremely non-playoff 2009 Redskins, but it boils down to this: teams in the final eight will be faced with certain limitations in the upcoming 2010 free agency period.

Here are the four major restrictions as cited in PFT, with me attempting to do a lawyerese-to-English translation on each one. Read more »


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