According to Benjamin Allbright, The XFL could be on the verge of hiring a major name in the world of professional Football, who was later revealed to be none other than Former NFL Head Coach Jim Haslett.
Pep Hamilton in DC.— Benjamin Allbright (@AllbrightNFL) February 10, 2019
They’ve been talking to Jim Haslett as well.
Jim Haslett Background
Haslett attended The Indiana University Of Pennsylvania and was selected in The Second Round of The 1979 NFL Draft by The Buffalo Bills. He was a linebacker for The Buffalo Bills until 1985 and played with The New York Jets in 1987. He was named The NFL Defensive Rookie Of The Year for 1979. In a 2005 article in The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Haslett admitted to using steroids while playing for The Buffalo Bills. Haslett went on record saying that “everybody tried it” to gain a competitive advantage against opposing teams.
First Coaching Job
Haslett’s first coaching position was as an Assistant Coach at The University at Buffalo. He is The Second Assistant Coach of The Buffalo Bulls to move on and become a Head Coach in The NFL. The first was Buddy Ryan. Haslett began his NFL coaching career as a Linebackers Coach for The Los Angeles Raiders in 1993. Haslett next coached linebackers for The New Orleans Saints in 1995 and was promoted to Defensive Coordinator for The 1996 season. Haslett then coordinated The Pittsburgh Steelers defense for The 1997 through 1999 seasons.
In January 2000, Haslett would be named as The Head Coach of The New Orleans Saints. That season, he would guide The Saints to a 10–6 regular season record, their second NFC West Division Championship and the first playoff victory in franchise history (defeating The St. Louis Rams). They would eventually lose to The Minnesota Vikings the next week. As a result of The Saints’ turnaround from their previous 3–13 season (under his predecessor, Mike Ditka), Haslett was named NFL Coach Of The Year.
In 2005, The Saints crashed to a 3–13 record. The season was marred by Hurricane Katrina’s devastation of New Orleans. This forced the franchise to temporarily relocate to San Antonio, playing three of their home games in The Alamodome. Another four home games were played in Baton Rouge at LSU’s Tiger Stadium and one took place at Giants Stadium in New Jersey (against The New York Giants). Haslett was fired after the close of The 2005 season and replaced by Sean Payton.
Haslett would then become The St. Louis Rams’ Defensive Coordinator to start The 2006 season. On September 29th, 2008, Haslett would be named as The Interim Head Coach of The Rams after Scott Linehan was fired. The Rams would then give Haslett an interim coach’s contract, containing a clause that promised him The Permanent Head Coach’s job if the team won at least six games that season. Within a few weeks, this clause was nullified by The NFL, because it violated the league’s “Rooney Rule”. On January 15th, 2009, The Rams would then announce that Haslett was no longer in consideration for The Permanent Head Coaching Position and that the team would be going in a “new direction”.
Haslett would also coach The Florida Tuskers of The United Football League during its inaugural season in 2009. The team went 6-0 but would eventually get an upset loss in The First-Ever UFL Championship Game by The Las Vegas Locomotives. He won The UFL Coach Of The Year Recognition in their inaugural season. Haslett was then hired as The Washington Redskins’ Defensive Coordinator on January 12th, 2010 under Head Coach Mike Shanahan. Haslett would then replace The Retiring Greg Blache.
Last Couple Of Years
After many speculated that he would be fired after the disastrous 2013 season, New Head Coach Jay Gruden announced that Haslett would remain on the team for the upcoming 2014 season. On December 31st, 2014, The Redskins announced that Haslett would leave The Redskins by mutual agreement. On January 15th, 2016, he was hired as The Linebackers Coach for The Cincinnati Bengals. Following The 2018 NFL Season, The Bengals would fire Haslett along with Head Coach Marvin Lewis.
Allbright’s report on the hirings of Bob Stoops & Pep Hamilton turned out to be accurate, which is why his report on the eventual hiring of Jim Haslett could also be spot on. Just like Stoops & Hamilton, Haslett is also a huge addition To The XFL because of his pedigree, background and experience in The World Of Professional Football. No other information was provided at this time on the eventual hiring of Jim Haslett, like which team he will be coaching for.
More information will be provided from XFL News Hub once it is made available.