Haslett's new gig

After spending the last four seasons with the Redskins, former defensive coordinator Jim Haslett is headed to Penn State.

Jim Haslett, at least for now, goes for coaching to consulting. Haslett, a former NFL head coach and most recently the Redskins' defensive coordinator, will serve as "a consultant for the Penn State football team," the Big Ten school announced Wednesday. Haslett spent 2010-14 in Washington. Both sides agreed to mutually part ways following the 4-12 campaign during which the defense ranked tied for 29th with 438 point alloweds. Previously, the former NFL linebacker was head coach for the New Orleans Saints and held the interim role for the St. Louis Rams.

Now Haslett's role involves helping Penn State coach and former Maryland assistant James Franklin.

"Jim has an outstanding football mind and invaluable experience that will be a tremendous resource, " Franklin said. "He has great knowledge of the game at the next level and we plan to put that to good use. He will work with our offensive, special teams and defensive coaches and will be a fantastic sounding board for our staff."

"I am thrilled to join the Penn State football family," Haslett said. "James is one of the great, young head coaches in the collegiate game today and he is leading this Penn State program in the right direction. The future is very bright for Penn State football and I am excited to be a part of it."

Let's be honest: Most fans were excited the Redskins made a change at defensive coordinator. The overall unit struggled in recent seasons and, fair or not, Haslett received plenty of the blame.

We'll see if his replacement, Joe Barry, turns the unit around. He certainly received a personnel upgrade with the additions of Chris Culliver, Terrance Knighton, Stephen Paea and Dashon Goldson.

Either way, Haslett is off to Happy Valley. Not sure about the rest of you, but I'm at last marginally curious if he returns to the NFL some day and if so, whether in a prominent role.


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