As a result of his previous working relationship with Redskins' new head coach Jay Gruden, Haslett will continue to serve as the leader of a unit that during the 2013 season, was once on pace to finish as one of the worse defenses in NFL history.
Here's why the Redskins' baffling decision to keep Haslett has to be viewed as a big mistake.
Familiarity shouldn't trump mediocrity
Without looking at how poor Haslett's defenses have performed as of late, one can certainly understand why head coach Gruden would want to keep his former colleague around. As a rookie coach in the NFL, it makes sense for Gruden to surround himself with key members of the coaching staff that he's worked with before. With the pressure that comes with succeeding in this league, life's a whole lot easier for a novice head coach when situated around familiar faces.
Unfortunately for the Redskins moving forward, Haslett's strong bond with the new head coach overshadowed his terrible track record during his tenure as the team's defensive coordinator.
Instead of looking forward to a new coordinator leading the defense, we're forced to come to grips with another agonizing year of Haslett running the show on the defensive side of the football.
Jim Haslett deserved to get fired just as much as Mike Shanahan didMike Shanahan and Jim Haslett should have been tied to the hip when it came to assessing blame for the 3-13 Redskins' disastrous performance in 2013.
There's no question that Shanahan's handling of Robert Griffin III played a big role in the team's struggles last year. In addition to his poor relationship with his star quarterback, Shanahan's inability to prepare his squad led to several boneheaded penalties that prevented the team from winning more last year.
Meanwhile, Haslett didn't fare much better than Shanahan in 2013. His defenses were often abused by opposing offenses that consistently had their way against Haslett's schemes. Despite possessing talented defensive playmakers such as Brian Orakpo, Ryan Kerrigan and DeAngelo Hall, Haslett's unit still underachieved last year.
Of course, contrary to Shanahan, Haslett still has a job with the organization in 2014.
The 2013 Redskins were a group that was tremendously bad in every phase of the football game. Whether it was the struggles of a rusty RGIII and the offense, the seemingly weekly blunders on special teams or the poor showings of Haslett's defenses, the team performed badly in every way possible.
Shanahan and some of his other assistants were ultimately held accountable for their shortcomings as they were shown the door at the end of the season. Haslett was equally deserving of a similar fate.
Unfortunately, the Redskins dropped the ball keeping Haslett around in 2014. Unless the defense magically improves next season, the decision to retain Haslett is destined to go down as a huge mistake.
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