Haslett regrets interim experience

Haslett regrets interim experience
December 17, 2011, 6:19 pm
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Jim Haslett said the phone call came at 2 a.m. after the St. Louis Rams fourth straight loss to start the 2008 season.Scott Linehan was out as head coach.Would Haslett step in to finish out the season?Regrettably, he said yes.The Rams won their first two games under Haslett including at Washington in the infamous Pete Kendall Tries To Be A Receiver Moment but lost their final 10.The topic of being interim coach was presented to Haslett this week after Romeo Crennel (Kansas City) and Todd Bowles (Miami) took over for the fired Todd Haley and Tony Sparano. Earlier, Jacksonville aced Jack Del Rio in favor of Mel Tucker.The difference between that trio and Haslett only Crennel has been a head coach and when Haslett took over, there were still 12 games remaining, a long time for a bad team.To be honest, in hindsight, I probably wouldnt have done it, Haslett said. Knowing that we really didnt have a good football team; we struggled in a lot of areas, sitting here today, I would have said, No have somebody else do it.Everybody thinks they can turn the team around and obviously you want to be a head coach. Its a hard adjustment to make because the players know what the situation is, but its a good opportunity for a couple of guys to show themselves. Its not easy.Not surprisingly, interim coaches rarely have instant success. In the last 20 years, only four interim coaches posted winning records and none made the playoffs.Only two teams in the last two decades have fired their coaches with a winning record: The Redskins in 2000 (7-6, Norv Turner out, Terry Robiske in) and Detroit earlier that year (5-4, Bobby Ross out, Gary Moeller in).Contact OHalloran at rohalloran@comcastsportsnet.com