Jim Haslett

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Jim Haslett
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Haslett with the Tennessee Titans in 2021
No. 55, 51
Personal information
Born: (1955-12-09) December 9, 1955 (age 66)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Career information
High school:Avalon High School
College:IUP (1975–1978)
NFL Draft:1979 / Round: 2 / Pick: 51
Career history
As a player:
As a coach:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Head coaching record
Regular season:
  • NFL: 47–61 (.435)
  • UFL: 6–0 (1.000)
  • NFL: 1–1 (.500)
  • UFL: 0–1 (.000)
  • NFL: 48–62 (.436)
  • UFL: 6–1 (.857)
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR
Coaching stats at PFR

James Donald Haslett (born December 9, 1955) is an American football coach and former player. He was the inside linebackers coach for the Tennessee Titans of the National Football League (NFL). Previously, he was head coach for the Florida Tuskers of the United Football League and the New Orleans Saints in the NFL. Haslett played as a linebacker in the NFL.

Playing career[edit]

Haslett attended 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 through 1985; he broke his leg during a 1986 preseason contest, ending his time with the Bills. He made a brief comeback 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.[1]

Coaching career[edit]

University at Buffalo[edit]

Haslett's first coaching position was as an assistant coach at the University at Buffalo from 1988 to 1990.[2][3] He is the second assistant coach of the Buffalo Bulls to move and become a head coach in the NFL. The first was Buddy Ryan.

NFL assistant coaching positions[edit]

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.

New Orleans Saints[edit]

In January 2000, Haslett was named head coach of the New Orleans Saints. That season, he guided 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 lost 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. This was the only playoff appearance in Haslett's six years in New Orleans. They would only notch one other winning record in 2002. That year, the Saints started 9-4, but three consecutive losses, including to the 1-14 Cincinnati Bengals, resulted in them missing the playoffs by a single game.

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.

St. Louis Rams[edit]

Haslett became the St. Louis Rams' defensive coordinator to start the 2006 season. On September 29, 2008 Haslett was named the interim head coach of the Rams after Scott Linehan was fired. The Rams gave 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". He won his first game as interim head coach of the Rams with a 19-17 victory over the 4-1 Washington Redskins. That win was followed by a 34-14 drubbing of the Dallas Cowboys on October 19, 2008. This brought the Rams to a 2-4 record. The team would lose their final 10 games, leaving Haslett with an interim record of 2-10 on the year. On January 15, 2009, the Rams announced that Haslett was no longer in consideration for the permanent head coaching position and that the team would be going in a "new direction".[4]

Florida Tuskers[edit]

Haslett coached the Florida Tuskers of the United Football League during its inaugural season in 2009.[5] The team went 6-0 but were upset in the first-ever UFL Championship Game by the Las Vegas Locomotives. He won UFL Coach of Year in their inaugural season.

Washington Redskins[edit]

Haslett was hired as the Washington Redskins defensive coordinator on January 12, 2010 under head coach Mike Shanahan. Haslett replaced the retiring Greg Blache.[6] After many speculated he would be fired after the disastrous 2013 season, new head coach Jay Gruden announced Haslett would remain on the team for the upcoming 2014 season. On December 31, 2014, the Redskins announced that Haslett would leave the Redskins by mutual agreement.[7]

Cincinnati Bengals[edit]

On January 15, 2016, he was hired as linebackers coach for the Cincinnati Bengals.[8] Following the 2018 NFL Season, the Bengals fired Haslett along with head coach Marvin Lewis.

Tennessee Titans[edit]

On February 6, 2020, Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Vrabel hired Haslett as the team's Inside linebackers coach.[9] He was not retained after the 2021 season.

Head coaching record[edit]

Team Year Regular season Postseason
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
NO 2000 10 6 0 .625 1st in NFC West 1 1 .500 Lost to Minnesota Vikings in NFC Divisional Game
NO 2001 7 9 0 .438 3rd in NFC West - - - -
NO 2002 9 7 0 .563 3rd in NFC South - - - -
NO 2003 8 8 0 .500 2nd in NFC South - - - -
NO 2004 8 8 0 .500 2nd in NFC South - - - -
NO 2005 3 13 0 .188 4th in NFC South - - - -
NOR total 45 51 0 .469 1 1 .500
STL 2008* 2 10 0 .167 4th in NFC West - - - -
STL total 2 10 0 .167 - - -
Total[10] 47 61 0 .435 1 1 .500

*Interim head coach

Coaching tree[edit]

Haslett has worked under eleven head coaches:

Seven of Haslett's assistant coaches became head coaches in the NFL or NCAA:

One of Haslett's former players became a head coach in the NFL or NCAA:

Three of Haslett's executives became general managers in the NFL:


  1. ^ Bouchette, Ed (March 24, 2005). "Haslett admits to using steroids". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
  2. ^ Harrington, Mike and Robert J. Summers (April 20, 1989). "UB football program steps up improvement, Haslett and Pry will coordinate 'new emphasis'". The Buffalo News. Archived from the original on February 23, 2022. Retrieved February 23, 2022.
  3. ^ Brady, Erik (January 2, 2020). "Ex-Bills linebacker Jim Haslett: 'That city deserves a championship'". The Buffalo News. Archived from the original on January 3, 2020. Retrieved January 2, 2020.
  4. ^ Rams Remove Haslett From Search SI.com, January 15, 2009
  5. ^ Haslett to Coach UFL Team SI.com, March 11, 2009
  6. ^ Thomas, Jim (January 12, 2010). "Haslett headed to Washington as Redskins defensive coordinator". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Archived from the original on January 14, 2010. Retrieved January 12, 2010.
  7. ^ Jones, Mike (December 31, 2014). "Redskins announce mutual parting with defensive coordinator Jim Haslett". The Washington Post. Retrieved December 31, 2014.
  8. ^ "Jim Haslett joins Bengals staff as LB coach".
  9. ^ "Titans name Jim Haslett as inside linebackers coach". ESPN.com. February 6, 2020. Retrieved February 9, 2020.
  10. ^ Jim Haslett Record, Statistics, and Category Ranks - Pro-Football-Reference.com