After parting ways with the Redskins following the 2014 season, former defensive coordinator Jim Haslett is reportedly back in the NFL and will serve as the Cincinatti Bengals linebackers coach.
Sounds like Jim Haslett new Bengals LB coach
— Geoff Hobson (@GeoffHobsonCin) January 15, 2016
Haslett ran the Redskins defense from 2010 to 2014, serving under both Mike Shanahan and Jay Gruden. His defenses never ranked in the Top 10 of the NFL in yards allowed or most other siginificant defensive statitstics, though his unit did play well during Washington's NFC East title run in 2012.
Prior to his stint as defensive coordinator in Washington, Haslett was a head coach in New Orleans from 2000 to 2005 and one year in St. Louis in 2008. He has a career record of 47-61 as a head coach.
Many were surprised when Haslett stayed with the Redskins after the departure of Mike Shanahan in 2013. That season, as the Redskins sulked to a 3-13 record, the defense ranked 30th in points allowed, and still, Haslett remained as D-coordinator when Jay Gruden was brought on board. Gruden called the decision to retain Haslett his, but one season later that saw the 'Skins D rank 29th in points allowed, Haslett and Washington agreed to part ways.
The move to Cincinnatti means Haslett will work with a team coming off an AFC North title and one of the best defenses in the league. It also means Haslett will work with volatile LB Vontaze Burfict, who will be suspended three games next season for a hit that left Steelers WR Antonio Brown with a concussion in last week's Wild Card playoff game.
While Haslett was out of the NFL in 2014, he worked in an advisor role with the Penn State football team.