Jim Haslett

James Donald Haslett (born December 9, 1955) is an American football coach and former linebacker. He was the last linebackers coach for the Cincinnati Bengals. Previously, he was head coach for the Florida Tuskers of the United Football League, and the New Orleans Saints and St. Louis Rams in the National Football League.

Jim Haslett
Personal information
Born:December 9, 1955 (age 63)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Career information
College:Indiana (PA)
NFL Draft:1979 / Round: 2 / Pick: 51
Career history
As player:
As coach:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Playing career

Haslett attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and was selected in the second round of the 1979 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills. He was a linebacker for the Buffalo Bills until 1985, and played with the New York Jets in 1987. He was named the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year for 1979. In a 2005 article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Haslett admitted to using steroids while playing for the Buffalo Bills. Haslett went on record saying that "everybody tried it" to gain a competitive advantage against opposing teams.[1]

Coaching career

University at Buffalo

Haslett's first coaching position was as an assistant coach at the University at Buffalo. He is the second assistant coach of the Buffalo Bulls to move and become a head coach in the NFL. The first was Buddy Ryan.

NFL assistant coaching positions

Haslett began his NFL coaching career as a linebackers coach for the Los Angeles Raiders in 1993. Haslett next coached linebackers for the New Orleans Saints in 1995 and was promoted to defensive coordinator for the 1996 season. Haslett then coordinated the Pittsburgh Steelers defense for the 1997 through 1999 seasons.

New Orleans Saints

In January 2000, Haslett was named head coach of the New Orleans Saints. That season, he guided the Saints to a 10–6 regular-season record, their second NFC West division championship, and the first playoff victory in franchise history (defeating the St. Louis Rams; they lost to the Minnesota Vikings the next week). As a result of the Saints' turnaround from their previous 3–13 season (under his predecessor, Mike Ditka), Haslett was named NFL Coach of the Year. This was the only playoff appearance in Haslett's six years in New Orleans. They would only notch one other winning record in 2002. That year, the Saints started 9-4, but three consecutive losses, including to the 1-14 Cincinnati Bengals, resulted in them missing the playoffs by a single game.

In 2005, the Saints crashed to a 3–13 record. The season was marred by Hurricane Katrina's devastation of New Orleans. This forced the franchise to temporarily relocate to San Antonio, playing three of their 'home' games in the Alamodome. Another four home games were played in Baton Rouge at LSU's Tiger Stadium, and one took place at Giants Stadium in New Jersey (against the New York Giants). Haslett was fired after the close of the 2005 season and replaced by Sean Payton.

St. Louis Rams

Haslett became the St. Louis Rams' defensive coordinator to start the 2006 season. On September 29, 2008 Haslett was named the interim head coach of the Rams after Scott Linehan was fired. The Rams gave Haslett an interim coach's contract, containing a clause that promised him the permanent head coach's job if the team won at least six games that season. Within a few weeks, this clause was nullified by the NFL, because it violated the league's "Rooney Rule". He won his first game as interim head coach of the Rams with a 19-17 victory over the 4-1 Washington Redskins. That win was followed by a 34-14 drubbing of the Dallas Cowboys on October 19, 2008. This brought the Rams to a 2-4 record. The team would lose their final 10 games, leaving Haslett with an interim record of 2-10 on the year. On January 15, 2009, the Rams announced that Haslett was no longer in consideration for the permanent head coaching position and that the team would be going in a "new direction".[2]

Florida Tuskers

Haslett coached the Florida Tuskers of the United Football League during its inaugural season in 2009.[3] The team went 6-0 but were upset in the first-ever UFL Championship Game by the Las Vegas Locomotives. He won UFL Coach of Year in their inaugural season.

Washington Redskins

Haslett was hired as the Washington Redskins defensive coordinator on January 12, 2010 under head coach Mike Shanahan. Haslett replaced the retiring Greg Blache.[4] After many speculated he would be fired after the disastrous 2013 season, new head coach Jay Gruden announced Haslett would remain on the team for the upcoming 2014 season. On December 31, 2014, the Redskins announced that Haslett would leave the Redskins by mutual agreement.[5]

Cincinnati Bengals

On January 15, 2016, he was hired as linebackers coach for the Cincinnati Bengals.[6] Following the 2018 NFL Season, the Bengals fired Haslett along with head coach Marvin Lewis.

Coaching tree

Head coaches Haslett has served under:

Former Assistant Coaches that became NFL Head Coaches:

Former Assistant Coaches that became NCAA Head Coaches:

Head coaching record

Team Year Regular season Postseason
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
NO 2000 10 6 0 .625 1st in NFC West 1 1 .500 Lost to Minnesota Vikings in NFC Divisional Game.
NO 2001 7 9 0 .438 3rd in NFC West - - - -
NO 2002 9 7 0 .563 3rd in NFC South - - - -
NO 2003 8 8 0 .500 2nd in NFC South - - - -
NO 2004 8 8 0 .500 2nd in NFC South - - - -
NO 2005 3 13 0 .188 4th in NFC South - - - -
NOR total 45 51 0 .469 1 1 .500
STL 2008* 2 10 0 .167 4th in NFC West - - - -
STL total 2 10 0 .167 - - -
Total[8] 47 61 0 .435 1 1 .500

*Interim head coach

Personal life

Haslett once owned a horse ranch in Gasport, New York, called the "Double Nickel", named after his playing number, #55. He is married to Beth; the couple have three children; Kelsey, Chase & Libby.


  1. ^ Bouchette, Ed (March 24, 2005). "Haslett admits to using steroids". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
  2. ^ Rams Remove Haslett From Search SI.com, January 15, 2009
  3. ^ Haslett to Coach UFL Team SI.com, March 11, 2009
  4. ^ Thomas, Jim (January 12, 2010). "Haslett headed to Washington as Redskins defensive coordinator". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Archived from the original on January 14, 2010. Retrieved January 12, 2010.
  5. ^ Jones, Mike (December 31, 2014). "Redskins announce mutual parting with defensive coordinator Jim Haslett". The Washington Post. Retrieved December 31, 2014.
  6. ^ http://www.cincinnati.com/story/sports/nfl/bengals/2016/01/15/jim-haslett-joins-cincinnati-bengals-linebackers-coach/78848696/
  7. ^ https://nypost.com/2017/12/05/fatal-flaws-that-brought-down-ben-mcadoo-and-jerry-reese/
  8. ^ Jim Haslett Record, Statistics, and Category Ranks - Pro-Football-Reference.com

External links

1979 Buffalo Bills season

The 1979 Buffalo Bills season was the 20th season for the club, and its tenth in the National Football League.

Head coach Chuck Knox spent his second season with the Bills in 1979, improving on 1978's record by two games. The Bills were 7–6 with three games left to play, but they lost their final three games to finish with a losing record. (Even if Buffalo had won their final three games, they still would have lost the head-to-head tiebreaker to the Miami Dolphins (who finished 10–6) for the division title.)

Buffalo's loss to Miami in Week Seven was their 20th straight loss to the Dolphins, an NFL record.

The 1979 Bills were dead-last in rushing yards in the NFL, with only total 1,621 yards on the ground. Buffalo's 268 points scored was 23rd of the league's 28 teams.

1980 Buffalo Bills season

The 1980 Buffalo Bills season was the 21st season for the club, and 11th season in the National Football League. Their 11–5 record was tied for best in the AFC.

The Bills' defense allowed only 260 points in 1980, 3rd best in the league. Their 4,101 total yards surrendered were best in the NFL in 1980. Buffalo's defense was well represented on the UPI All-AFC team: nose tackle Fred Smerlas and linebacker Jim Haslett – two thirds of Buffalo's "Bermuda Triangle" with linebacker Shane Nelson – were named to the 1st team All-AFC. Defensive end Ben Williams was named to the second team.

Although Buffalo's offensive statistics were not as impressive as its defense, four offensive players were named All-AFC: left guard Reggie McKenzie, left tackle Ken Jones, wide receiver Jerry Butler and rookie running back Joe Cribbs.Cribbs rushed for 1,185 yards, and made his first Pro Bowl. Jerry Butler and Fred Smerlas also were selected to play in the annual all-star game.

2000 NFL season

The 2000 NFL season was the 81st regular season of the National Football League. The season ended with Super Bowl XXXV when the Baltimore Ravens defeated the New York Giants 34–7 at the Raymond James Stadium.

Week 1 of the season reverted to Labor Day weekend in 2000. It would be the last NFL season to date to start on Labor Day weekend. It would also be the last time until 2015 that CBS televised the late afternoon games in Week 1. This was because both Week 1 of the NFL season and CBS’ coverage of the U.S. Open tennis finals would take place on the same day beginning next season.

2000 New Orleans Saints season

The 2000 New Orleans Saints season was the team's thirty-fourth in the National Football League (NFL). The Saints were looking to improve on their 3–13 finish from a year earlier under new head coach Jim Haslett. Not only did the Saints do so, but they finished with a 10–6 record to win the NFC West and advanced to the playoffs for the first time since 1992. They also won their first ever playoff game in franchise history by defeating the defending Super Bowl champion St. Louis Rams in the Wild Card round. The Saints went no further, though, as they lost to the Minnesota Vikings in the next round.

This was the only time the Saints made the playoffs under Haslett. For the next four seasons, the Saints fell out of contention. They would not return to the playoffs until 2006.

New wide receiver Joe Horn, quickly emerged as a star, catching 94 passes for 1,340 and 9 touchdowns, and he was selected to the Pro Bowl after the season.

2005 New Orleans Saints season

The 2005 New Orleans Saints season was the franchise's 39th season in the National Football League.

The season began with the team trying to improve from their 8–8 record from 2004. The Saints played two preseason games in the Louisiana Superdome before being forced to evacuate New Orleans due to Hurricane Katrina.

They were forced to play the rest of the season on the road, splitting their games between their temporary headquarters at San Antonio’s Alamodome, and LSU’s Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, and even playing their first home game at Giants Stadium.

The season ended with a 3–13 record, their equal-worst record alongside 1996 and 1999 since their 1–15 1980 season, and the firing of Jim Haslett. He was replaced by current head coach Sean Payton the following 2006 season.

2008 St. Louis Rams season

The 2008 St. Louis Rams season was the 71st season for the team in the National Football League and their 14th in St. Louis, Missouri. They hoped to improve upon their 3–13 record from the previous season, but they failed to do so and dropped to a dismal 2–14 record.

On September 29, 2008, following a feeble 0–4 start, head coach Scott Linehan was fired and replaced by defensive coordinator Jim Haslett, who occupied the head coach position with the team for the remainder of the 2008 season.

2009 Florida Tuskers season

The 2009 Florida Tuskers season was the first season for the Florida Tuskers. In the UFL's Premiere Season, the Tuskers put together a league-best, undefeated 6–0 record. In the championship game however, they lost to the Las Vegas Locomotives in overtime.

The Tuskers played three home games in the six game regular season. Two games were played at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, and one was played at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg.

Following the conclusion of the season, quarterback Brooks Bollinger was named season MVP, and head coach Jim Haslett was given the Coach of the Year award.

2009 UFL season

The 2009 United Football League season -- referred to by the professional American football league as the UFL Premiere Season—was the inaugural season of the United Football League. The regular season featured 4 teams playing 6 games each (twice against each of the other teams), and both began and ended at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas. Sam Boyd Stadium was the site of the 2009 UFL Championship Game on November 27, a game that saw the Locomotives defeat the previously unbeaten Florida Tuskers 20–17 in overtime.

2014 Washington Redskins season

The 2014 Washington Redskins season was the franchise's 83rd season in the National Football League and the first season under head coach Jay Gruden. The Redskins finished the season 4–12, slightly improving on their 3–13 record from 2013 and resulted in the departure of defensive coordinator Jim Haslett.

Ben McAdoo

Benjamin Lee McAdoo (born July 9, 1977) is an American football coach. He was head coach of the New York Giants in 2016 and 2017, after serving as offensive coordinator the previous two years under former head coach Tom Coughlin. He was fired on December 4, 2017, following a 2–10 start, along with benching longtime starting quarterback Eli Manning; his 28 regular season games were the fewest by a Giants coach since 1930. Prior to working for the Giants, McAdoo served as an assistant coach for several college football teams, as well as for the New Orleans Saints, the San Francisco 49ers, and the Green Bay Packers.

Jack Henry (American football)

John Henry is a former American football coach.

Henry's National Football League (NFL) coaching career began with the Pittsburgh Steelers during Chuck Noll's final two season as head coach (1990–91). Henry then moved on to coach at the University of Pittsburgh (1993–1995) and with the Detroit Lions (1997–1999). While in Detroit, his offensive line helped Barry Sanders to rush for over 2,000 yards. Following Detroit, he went with Jim Haslett to coach the offensive line for the New Orleans Saints. During his time in New Orleans, the Saints won a playoff game for the first time in franchise history and had a 1,000 yard rusher for five consecutive years, also a franchise first. He was named assistant head coach and run game coordinator in his later years with the club. Prior to his NFL career, Henry was a college coach for 21 years with stops at West Virginia University, Wake Forest University, and Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP), his alma mater. Henry also coached for three years on the high school level. He is a graduate of Chartiers Houston High School in Houston, Pennsylvania and IUP. He holds an MS degree from West Virginia University.

After a disappointing playoff loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, the San Diego Chargers organization announced that Henry's contract would not be renewed when it expired in February 2009. During the 2006 season Henry's line cleared the way for LaDanian Tomlinson to lead the NFL in rushing as well as setting a new NFL record for touchdowns with 31.Henry has retired and settled in Greensburg, Pennsylvania.

Jim Hazlett

Not to be confused with Jim Haslett, a former NFL player and current coach.

James Hazlett (January 12, 1926 – August 4, 2010) was an American sports coach who was head football and baseball head coach for several universities in the northeastern United States. He coached at Susquehanna University, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, and Kean University.

He was a three-sport standout at Susquehanna from 1948 to 1952. In 1950, he was named Little All-America while playing center on the undefeated football team.

List of New Orleans Saints head coaches

The New Orleans Saints are a professional American football team based in New Orleans, Louisiana. They are a member of the South Division of the National Football Conference (NFC) in the National Football League (NFL). The NFL awarded the city of New Orleans the 16th franchise in the league in November 1, 1966, All Saints Day, five months after the 89th United States Congress approved the merger of the NFL with the American Football League (AFL) in June of that year. In January 1967, the team was given the current "New Orleans Saints" name, and began playing in their first season in September of that year. Since the franchise's creation, it has been based in New Orleans. The team's home games were originally played at Tulane Stadium from 1967 to 1974, it was demolished in 1979, when the team relocated its home games to its current stadium, the Mercedes-Benz Superdome (formerly Louisiana Superdome from 1975 to 2011).The New Orleans Saints have had 16 head coaches in their franchise history—ten full-time coaches and six interim coaches. Sean Payton has been the head coach of the Saints since 2006. Payton served as the assistant head coach/passing game coordinator and assistant head coach/quarterbacks for the Dallas Cowboys for three seasons before he joined the Saints in 2006. In the 2009 season, he led the team to its second NFC Championship Game and first NFC Championship title, Super Bowl (XLIV) appearance, and NFL Championship. Tom Fears, the franchise's first head coach serving from 1967 to 1970, was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1970, and is the only coach to be inducted into the Hall of Fame while spending his entire coaching career with the Saints. Hank Stram, who coached the Saints from 1976 to 1977, and Mike Ditka, who coached the Saints from 1997 to 1999, were also inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2003 and 1988, respectively. Sean Payton has coached the most games for the Saints, with 170. Payton has the highest winning percentage while coaching the Saints, with .588, and his 102 wins are the most in franchise history. J. D. Roberts has the lowest winning percentage (.219) and fewest wins (seven) for a full-time coach. Jim Haslett, Mora, and Payton are the only head coaches to lead the Saints into the playoffs. Mora, Haslett, and Payton have won the AP Coach of the Year Award and the Sporting News NFL Coach of the Year.

List of New Orleans Saints seasons

This article is a list of seasons completed by the New Orleans Saints American football franchise of the National Football League (NFL). The list documents the season-by-season records of the Saints' franchise from 1967 to present, including postseason records, and league awards for individual players or head coach.

River City Relay

The River City Relay is a play in a National Football League (NFL) game involving the New Orleans Saints and Jacksonville Jaguars that took place on December 21, 2003, at Alltel Stadium in Jacksonville, Florida. With the Jaguars leading 20–13, the Saints used three laterals to score a touchdown as time expired in regulation. However, New Orleans kicker John Carney missed the ensuing extra point that would have sent the game into overtime, and instead gave Jacksonville the 20–19 victory.

Sacramento Surge

The Sacramento Surge was a professional American football team that played in the World League of American Football (WLAF) in 1991 and 1992. The team played its first season at Hughes Stadium in Sacramento, and the second season in Hornet Stadium on the Sacramento State University campus. It was owned by Managing General Partner Fred Anderson and the General Manager was Michael F. Keller. In charge of Special Projects was Jack Youngblood, who also partnered with Joe Starkey and Ronnie Lott on the Surge radio broadcasts KRAK.

The team was coached by former Buffalo Bills quarterback–head coach Kay Stephenson. Charlie Sumner was the defensive coordinator and Jim Haslett was a defensive assistant coach.

The Surge won the World Bowl in 1992, the only American team to do so. On this championship team were future professional wrestler Bill Goldberg and investment guru Pete Najarian.

After the WLAF ended its American presence at the end of the 1992 season, Anderson continued Sacramento's presence in professional football by acquiring a Canadian Football League expansion franchise. The new team was named the Sacramento Gold Miners; Stephenson and several Surge players were retained in the change, as were the team colors of aqua and yellow.

Steve Freeman (football)

Steven Jay Freeman (born May 8, 1953) is a former American football defensive back, and currently serves as an American football game official for the National Football League (NFL).

Freeman played college football at Mississippi State University, becoming the Bulldogs' leader in interceptions during the 1973 and 1974 seasons. He was later named as one of the Southeastern Conference Football Legends.He was selected by the NFL's New England Patriots during the 1975 NFL Draft. However, he was released by the Patriots before the start of the regular season, and eventually signed with the Buffalo Bills. Freeman spent 12 season with Buffalo, compiling 23 career interceptions and three touchdowns. In 1980 alone, he intercepted seven passes for 107 yards and one touchdown. He spent his last NFL season, 1987, with the Minnesota Vikings after being traded by the Bills.After retiring as a player, Freeman became an American football official, working in college football's Southeastern Conference and NFL Europe before joining the NFL in 2001 as a back judge. As an official, he wears uniform number 133 and is on the officiating crew headed by referee Alex Kemp.

One of Freeman's teammates in Buffalo was linebacker Jim Haslett, who later became head coach of the New Orleans Saints. Although the two men were teammates for several seasons, Freeman was not prohibited from working Saints' games during Haslett's six-year tenure as the Saints coach from 2000 to 2005. While in the SEC, Freeman was prohibited from working Mississippi State games, as league rules do not allow officials to work games involving their alma mater.

Freeman resides in Mississippi, is married and has three children. Freeman's son, Brad, was a four-year letterman on the Mississippi State baseball team and helped the Bulldogs reach the College World Series in 1997 and 1998, and in 2014, he was hired to join the NFL as a field judge after serving as a field judge in the SEC. Brad Freeman, who wears uniform No. 88, was the field judge for the 2015 playoff game between the Seattle Seahawks and Vikings at TCF Bank Stadium, where the kickoff temperature of 6 degrees below zero made it the third coldest game in NFL history.

Virginia Destroyers

The Virginia Destroyers were a professional American football team based in Virginia Beach, Virginia. They began play in the United Football League (UFL) in the 2011 season. They played their home games at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex.The team succeeded the Florida Tuskers, a charter UFL franchise based in Orlando, Florida, from 2009 to 2010. The Tuskers appeared in the first two UFL Championship Games, losing both to the Las Vegas Locomotives. In 2010, the league suspended the Tuskers' operations and moved the remnants of the team to Virginia Beach to assume the identity (and some executive staff) of a previously announced expansion team that was to begin play in 2011.The Destroyers' business license expired on March 1, 2013; the team had effectively ceased operations several weeks earlier.

Wayne Martin (American football)

Gerald Wayne Martin (born October 26, 1965) is a former American football defensive end who played eleven seasons in the National Football League for the New Orleans Saints from 1989 to 1999.

In high school at Cross County High, he led his team to an undefeated record as a Senior. He attended the University of Arkansas and finished his career with 37 TFL and 25.5 sacks. His TFL rank 3rd and his sacks rank 1st in school history.

Martin was a first team All Southwest Conference selection in 1988, as well as an All-American, anchoring the Razorbacks defense that helped win the 1988 SWC championship, finishing 10-2 on the season.

He was selected by the Saints in the first round of the 1989 NFL draft. Very athletic with great length and solid strength at the point of attack, Martin proved to be a fixture on the Saints defensive front. An ironman, Martin only missed 1 game in 11 seasons. He started 144 straight games.

Martin amassed a total of 82.5 quarterback sacks, which currently stands as the 2nd most career sacks with the Saints behind linebacker teammate Rickey Jackson, Martin was inducted into the "New Orleans Saints Hall of Fame" in 2003 with Jim Dombrowski.

Martin wore uniform number 93.

Martin, known as being quiet and reserved, missed the Pro Bowl after the 1992 season having racked up 15.5 sacks. Martin led the NFC in sacks in 1995. Martin earned $22.8 million during his 11 seasons with the Saints.

Martin was able to produce four consecutive 10+ sack seasons. He reached that milestone during the 1994-1997 seasons, respectively. After another uncharacteristly subpar 1999-2000 season totaling under 7 sacks consecutive seasons (1998-1999),(1999-2000), he was by asked to take a pay cut by a new Saints staff headed by coach Jim Haslett. Martin retired shortly there after.

Martin's son, Wayne Martin Jr. won 2011 Florida High School Coaches Association 2A player of the year as a senior at Providence School of Jacksonville. Wayne Jr. went on to accept a full basketball scholarship to UCF, where he played for one season before transferring to Southeast Missouri State University in 2012. He was dismissed from the team for violating team rules in 2013.

Martin's younger brother, Jeff Martin, was drafted by the Los Angeles Clippers in the second round of the 1989 NBA Draft. Two months prior, the elder Martin was selected in the 1989 NFL Draft.

Important figures
Key personnel
World Bowl appearances (1)
League championships (1)
WLAF seasons (2)
See also
The Franchise
Head Coaches
Key Personnel
UFL Championships (1)
UFL Championship
Game Appearances (3)
Seasons (4)
League Affiliation

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