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.
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.
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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.
NBC Sports Washington lost an important piece of its family this week when longtime Redskins reporter Rich Tandler died on Tuesday. He was 63.
Tandler joined NBC Sports Washington in 2011. He began his writing career in his 40s after working in restaurants and created his blog, Real Redskins, in 2004, which became the longest-running blog on the team. He also wrote three books on the Redskins and posted an estimated 2,300 consecutive “Need To Know” posts, becoming a must-read for Redskins fans as part of their morning routine.
“We’re devastated to learn of the loss of one of our most loved and valued media members, Rich Tandler of NBC Sports Washington,” Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder said in a statement. “His dedication to covering the Redskins over the past 14 years has made him an irreplaceable presence among our media corps, and he will be in our hearts. Our thoughts are with his family, our family at NBC Sports Washington, and the entire Redskins community. He will be truly missed.”
The team will hold a moment of silence for Tandler before its game against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday and will keep his regular seat on press row empty. On Wednesday, Redskins quarterback Alex Smith offered his “thoughts and prayers to his family.”
“Rich’s kind and warm nature made him a good friend and an especially close colleague to many of us at NBC Sports Washington,” NBC Sports Washington General Manager Damon Phillips said in a statement. “His passion for his work and the Redskins was inspiring and made him a critical part of many of our successes over the past seven years. This is a very big loss for the sports community. Our thoughts are with his family and his many friends.”
Fans, Redskins players, fellow reporters, and friends of Tandler paid tribute to him on social media.
“Incredibly saddened by the sudden passing of NBCSW’s Rich Tandler. He was a great talent and an important voice in the DC sports community. Our thoughts are with his wife @MissSkeetersmom, his family and his family at @NBCSWashington,” Washington Wizards and Capitals owner Ted Leonsis wrote on Twitter.
In a thriller in Foxboro, the Patriots handed Kansas City its first loss of the season.
It wasn't pretty but the Rams slipped past the Broncos to remain the lone unbeaten in the NFL.
Remember when the Lions beat New England on Sunday Night Football and folks were ready to bury the Patriots? Yeah... how did that 'hot take' work out?
Will the real Redskins please stand up? A win over the Panthers moved the Skins up three spots. Give the Redskins this, they are consistently unpredictable.
The Ravens are on the rise and Marcus Mariota is happy the Titans won't have to play Baltimore again.
So the Cowboys have an offense now? Or does Jacksonville not have an elite defense anymore?
And the Bears let Brock Osweiler throw for 380 yards. Yes. You read that correct. 380 yards.
How far will the Bears drop because of that dreadful defensive performance?