John Feinstein on why Gruden had to name RG3 starter
The biggest mystery of the Washington Redskins offseason was solved last week when general manager Bruce Allen named Jay Gruden head coach. But the rest of the staff remains somewhat a mystery.
When Mike Shanahan was fired, a number of his assistants got the pink slip as well, including his son, offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan. Defensive coordinator Jim Haslett, however, has been retained by Allen, and many reports say that Haslett could remain running the defense under Gruden.
The Redskins defense in 2013 ranked at or near the bottom of the league in any meaningful category, and never in Haslett's three-year tenure with Washington has the unit been particularly impressive. In fact, looking back throughout Haslett's 17-season coaching resume, few of his defenses placed among the league's best statistically. Keep in mind the Redskins suffered through a league imposed $36 million salary cap penalty the last two seasons, which affected depth on both sides of the ball.
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Considering Haslett's body of work in Washington, and perhaps in previous stops as well, should he be kept on the staff as defensive coordinator? Washington bottomed out in 2013, going 3-13; does that not demand a change in defensive coordinator?
Or is continuity more important? With the ouster of the Shanahan's and much of the offensive staff, should Redskins owner Dan Snyder make keeping the defensive staff a priority? Gruden and Haslett know each other from a previous coaching stop in the UFL, is there value in that familiarity?
It's not a done deal, but signs point that Haslett will remain the Redskins defensive coordinator for the 2014 season. Tell us what you think about it in the comments!