Redskins retain Jim Haslett as defensive coordinator
New Redskins coach Jay Gruden will keep Jim Haslett as his defensive coordinator.
Last week, the Redskins hired Jay Gruden as head coach, replacing Mike Shanahan, who lasted four tumultuous seasons. On Friday, Gruden said that Jim Haslett would be retained as defensive coordinator, the same position he had under Shanahan, the Washington Post's Mark Maske reports.
“He has one year left on his contract,” Gruden said in a telephone interview. “I’ll talk to Bruce [Allen, the team's general manager] and we’ll talk to [Haslett] and see what we can do there. But definitely he’ll be back next year as coordinator.”
The Redskins' defense has been mediocre at best under Haslett. The unit ranked 22nd in 2013, according to Football Outsiders, 17th in 2012, 14th in 2011 and 26th in 2010.
Haslett isn't the first assistant under Shanahan to stick on Gruden's revamped staff. On Tuesday, Gruden promoted tight ends coach Sean McVay to offensive coordinator, replacing Kyle Shanahan, who was fired earlier this month. Additionally, Raheem Morris was retained as Washington's secondary coach, Jacob Burney returns as defensive line coach, as does offensive line coach Chris Foerster.
Gruden also said he is considering Earnest Byner for running backs coach, and that he plans to hire Ike Hilliard as wide receivers coach.
“I have talked to Ike,” Gruden told Maske. “I’ve known him a long time. That’s something we are going to pursue and we’ll make that happen.”
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